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Making jokes about the French is easy, and so is pointing out that some of the most engaging musical events in the Kennedy Center’s ongoing “Festival of France” don’t feature Gallic-born performers. But many of the fest’s non-native acts have sought artistic refuge in France: Dee Dee Bridgewater, for example, has found enthusiastic audiences for her red-white-black-and-blue adaptations of time-honored French songs. Moroccan singer Anissa Derkaoui also found her niche in France, hooking up with electronica composer and instrumentalist François Possémé and bagpipe player Pascal Lamour to form Anissa et Mars Drive in 2000. Where ouds, flutes, and traditional percussion once accompanied Derkaoui’s high-pitched Arab-Andalusian vocals, she’s now joined by resonating synths. Anissa et Mars Drive perform at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)