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Earlier this month, local rapper and artist Tarica June dropped the music video for her 2014 single “But Anyway,” and it struck a chord with many D.C. residents. In it, June raps about how much the city has changed while strolling through various locales in Northwest—mostly gentrified parts along Georgia Avenue and 14th Street. It’s a blistering lament for Chocolate City, but June’s method of preaching messages of hope and empowerment in her community works: “And anyway, I’m just speaking from my heart/ Even though the industry is tryna keep us apart/ Even though my enemies be steadily throwing darts/ I’ma make it to the end, man I said it from the start.” Read more >>> Tarica June performs with Tamika Jones and Kia Bennett at 8 p.m. at Treehouse Lounge, 1006 Florida Ave. NE. $12. treehouselounge.com. (Matt Cohen)
The Red Hen co-owner and beverage director Sebastian Zutant releases his latest beverage collaboration today. After partnering with local wine and cider producers, Zutant has now teamed up with Charm City Mead. Their new creation takes unflavored mead and ages it on pressed dessert wine grapes from Linden Vineyard. The final product is dry with flavors of sour beer. It’s available on tap at The Red Hen for $9 a glass. Meanwhile, Zutant is preparing to launch round two of his rose wine, Dahlia, on April 5. This version ($11 a glass) is made with Syrah grapes rather than Cab Franc, which should give it a richer, fruitier taste. The Red Hen, 1822 1st St. NW. (202) 525-3021. theredhendc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland, seen previously on Conan, Happy Endings, and The Pete Holmes Show, performs a stand-up set at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Washington Stage Guild begins performances of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy: Discord, Scott Carter’s comedy about how the three great thinkers adapted the Bible to suit their lives and beliefs. 7:30 p.m. at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $40.
Experimental jazz artist Guy Mintus brings his trio to Capital Fringe’s headquarters for an evening of original songs, reworked standards, and collaborations with some of D.C.’s finest artists. 8 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NW. Free.
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