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There’s a difference between being supremely in love with your D.C. neighborhood and just being a good neighbor. In the case of one crop of high schoolers, true neighborhood know-how can lead to an onstage gig at the Kennedy Center. “Rep Ya Hood” is a battle of the words that gets creative hopefuls to spit out rhymes for a chance to earn college scholarships. The talented teens come together through the work of Words Beats & Life, a 15-year-old hip-hop education and activism collective. Read more >>> The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jordan-Marie Smith)


Join Washington City Paper tonight for our first ever Lip Sync Wars in honor of Pride Week. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Liaison Capitol Hill’s rooftop pool, contestants will battle for the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Madonna on Sept. 12 at the Verizon Center. Tickets ($20) include cocktails from four mixologists plus Palm and Schofferhofer beer. Food will be available for purchase from Art and Soul. Get your tickets here. Lip Sync Wars at the Liaison Capitol Hill Rooftop Pool, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. washingtoncitypaper.com/events/lipsyncwars. (Jessica Sidman)


British indie-pop band the Spook School joins Baltimore-based acts Wildhoney and Expert Alterations, as well as Philadelphia’s Mercury Girls, for a performance at Comet Ping Pong. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.

Paul Weller, best known as a member of the Jam, performs a solo show at 9:30 Club in support of his 12th studio album, Saturn’s Pattern. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.

Jamaican reggae vocalist Chronixx takes the stage at the Fillmore with fellow reggae act Federation Sound. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $37.50.

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