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There are lots of middle-aged rappers, but few have made the transition as nimbly as GZA (born 1966), who was not only the Wu-Tang Clan’s oldest member, but possibly its oldest soul, too.  It helps that his signature album, 1995’s Liquid Swords, has a certain grim agelessness, as if it captured a crucial moment in a once-and-future war for the underground. GZA will perform the album in its entirety at the Howard Theatre. As opening acts he’s bringing along Atlanta’s Killer Mike and Bear Hands, a Brooklyn indie rock act. Read more>>> (Joe Warminsky)

GZA performs at 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $20-$25.thehowardtheatre.com. (202) 803-2899.


Cashion’s Eat Place is offering a special three-course pre-debate menu tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The $35 meal includes a choice of gumbo or a salad with local beets, bacon, scallions, and creamy feta dressing for the first course. Entrees include bison hanger steak with creamy kale, fingerling potatoes, and wild mushroom bordelaise; oven-roasted organic chicken with pancetta, corn, carrots, and squash; or Atlantic swordfish fillet with salad of faro verde, pine nuts, mint, parsley, lemon, cucumbers, and tomato coulis.  Dessert is churros to-go, so you won’t miss the debates. Cashion’s Eat Place, 1819 Columbia Rd. NW; (202) 797-1819; cashionseatplace.com. (Jessica Sidman)


The Folger Shakespeare Library pulls from photographs, natural history objects, and rare manuscripts to create Very Like a Whale, a new exhibition about the Renaissance imagination. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mondays–Saturdays; noon–5 p.m. Sundays at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. folger.edu. Free.

St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center tonight with a production of Cinderella. Tickets to their open rehearsal this afternoon are sold out but you can still grab a seat for the show tonight. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. kennedy-center.org. $29–$150.

Lois Lowry has finally finished her Giver series (you know, those Utopian books that freaked you out in middle school) and will discuss the final book, Son, tonight at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. Free.

The original version of this post incorrectly said that the “Very Like a Whale” exhibit at Folger Shakespeare Library included manuscripts written by Shakespeare. This is incorrect; there are no known manuscript copies of Shakespeare’s work. The information has been corrected.

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