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At last year’s Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chilean hip-hop superstar Ana Tijoux got heckled for being brown. Tijoux, naturally, took it in stride, expressing her pride in being compared to “hardworking women.” She started her career with the sharply political hip-hop group Makiza, made up of children of exiles of the Pinochet regime (Tijoux was born in France). On four albums, Tijoux rapped in multiple languages about the dictatorship and the struggles of Chile’s Mapuche and Peruvian underclass. As an even more successful soloist—the Lauryn Hill to Makiza’s Fugees—she frequently celebrates her indigenous roots. Read more >>> Ana Tijoux performs with Rebel Diaz and Malportado Kids at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Mike Paarlberg)
Though finishing your tax return might be painful now, it (hopefully) means you’re closer to that sweet refund money from the IRS. At all of California Tortilla’s locations, the Mexican chain is offering free chips and queso with every purchase if you say the secret words “taxes shmaxes.” You might look a little funny whispering that to the cashier, but hey, you know you’ve been wanting to say it. California Tortilla. Multiple locations. californiatortilla.com. (James Constant)
OH AND ALSO
Writers from Grantland.com, including music and culture writer Rembert Browne, film columnist Wesley Morris, and politics writer Charlie Pierce, celebrate the release of the 12th edition of the Grantland Quarterly and discuss their work at Busboys & Poets Takoma. 6:30 p.m. at 235 Carroll St. NW. Free.
Studio Theatre opens its production of Murder Ballad, a cabaret-esque musical about a woman whose pristine life is turned upside down by an old flame. 8 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. $20–$75.
New Jersey-bred indie rock act River City Extension performs at DC9 with Cold Fronts and Duke Walker. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $14.
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