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Even though he croons over slow, mellow rhythms, Jamaican vocalist Luciano isn’t a formulaic reggae singer. Yes, the artist born Jepther McClymont is a Rastafarian who occasionally speaks about ganja in interviews, but his church-trained voice borrows a page from Pavarotti and he wails emotionally in a manner somewhat unique to reggae.  Read more >>> Luciano performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Steve Kiviat)


Get a first bite of Room 11 and The Passenger co-owner Paul Ruppert’s new (yet-unnamed) Petworth bar in the rotating kitchen of rum bar Hogo tonight. Chef Makoto Hamamura, formerly a senior sous chef at CityZen, will prepare dishes like mini Spanish omelet, pork ‘n’ grits, falafel pita, and shrimp and waffles. Prices range from $8 to $12. The Hogo menu will be available until July 20. Look for Ruppert’s bar to open at 829 Upshur St. NW around Labor Day. Hogo, 1017 7th St. NW. (202) 393-1313. hogodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Performance artist Holly Bass presents a new durational piece called “Pristine” at the Hamiltonian Gallery. For this piece, she’ll examine race, class, and labor by hiring a “white, pretty, and petite” assistant, whom she’ll put to work sorting through rocks while Bass gets her nails done. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1353 U St. NW. Free.

Woolly Mammoth welcomes The Second City for a month of performances starting tonight. America All Better, the Chicago comedy troupe’s latest work, celebrates how like, totally awesome the U.S. has gotten in the last year. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. Pay what you can.

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