During his two-decade career, Jamaican reggae star Sizzla has been the definition of “prolific,” releasing more than 50 full-length albums and dabbling in every flavor of reggae and dancehall while celebrating the Bobo Ashanti branch of the Rastafari movement to which he subscribes. But his career has also been marked by controversy, specifically his repeated use of lyrics that call for violence against gay men. In 2008, Sizzla’s American visa was revoked, possibly due to his homophobic lyrics. His current tour finds him returning to the States for the first time in nearly a decade. Time will tell if Sizzla has finally learned his lesson, turned over a new leaf, and returned his focus to the kind of positivity and unity that reggae is all about. Read more >>> Sizzla performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $39.50–$75. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Chris Kelly)
Haikan, the latest ramen shop from the team responsible for Daikaya is open and serving Sapporo-style ramen in Shaw’s north end. But unlike downstairs at Daikaya, there’s more on the menu than noodles. Try the Mapo Tofu Poutine ($8.50) with french fries, mapo tofu, mozzarella curds, and freshly ground Szechuan peppercorn. The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. Haikan, 805 V St. NW. (202) 299-1000. haikandc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
MetroStage begins performances of Blackberry Daze, a new musical from Ruth P. Watson and Thomas W. Jones II about a small town stunned by the arrival of a provocative stranger in the aftermath of World War I. 8 p.m. at 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. $55.
The Kennedy Center welcomes Mexican ensemble Luz de Riada to play a collection of folk, rock, and jazz tunes on the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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