City Paper is not for tourists
Through One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide, the Kennedy Center has placed a much-deserved spotlight on hip-hop as an art form. This extended display of appreciation will continue in Rock! Like a Girl, a celebration of women’s contributions to hip-hop curated by DJ Beverly Bond (pictured). For one night, a collection of female performers will convene to commemorate the abundant offerings women have brought the genre through the years. This includes rising MC Rapsody, French-Chilean vocalist Ana Tijoux, Grammy-winning hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari, pioneering rapper-turned-entertainer extraordinaire MC Lyte, and the elusive, mercurial Lauryn Hill. D.C.’s all-female go-go band Be’la Dona will flex its trademark “sexual crank” as the house band, while Bond, the mastermind behind it all, will control things from the DJ booth. In order to convey the universality of hip-hop culture, the Kennedy Center has tagged it with an alluring price tag: The entire event is free. The show begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.