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Interest in N.W.A. is at a renewed high since the lopsided biopic Straight Outta Compton mined the Los Angeles gangsta rap group’s legacy for box-office gold, but the film fails to capture the scope of N.W.A.’s grip on music as well as Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap. Former LA Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff sifted through court documents, interviewed dozens of players in the early gangsta galaxy, and challenged hard-wired narratives for this sobering, detailed history. Westhoff is an expert storyteller, one who controls everything in Original Gangstas but wisely gives enough room for his subjects to speak for themselves. Read more >>> Ben Westhoff reads at 6:30 p.m. at East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 100. Free. (202) 290-1636. eastcitybookshop.com. (Leor Galil)
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See if you can have just one (or two) of Sticky Rice‘s “Sticky Balls.” The sweet and savory orbs are made by stuffing tofu inari pockets with tuna, crab, and sriracha rice before dropping them in the deep fryer and coating them with wasabi dressing and eel sauce. Sticky Rice delivers through various platforms, making Sticky Balls the perfect Netflix-and-chill snacks. Sticky Rice, 1224 H St. NE. (202) 397-7655. stickyricedc.com.(Laura Hayes)
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