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San Francisco’s Andre Nickatina almost sounds like an MC from ’90s Los Angeles. He’s a fan of the high-living misogynist gangster narrative, loaded with bombastic tales of cash flaunted, cocaine dealt, and women slapped. But fans of the longtime Fillmore rapper can’t get enough, and sometimes, it’s easy to hear why. Nickatina headlines U Street Music Hall tonight with Cali brethren Fashawn and Mumbls. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
With all the slut-shaming and anti-contraceptive chatter cropping up in the national media lately, maybe it’s time for a refresher course in women’s sexuality. Activist, writer, and performer Jaclyn Friedman (Yes Means Yes) might have the ticket. Her latest book, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, strives to teach parents how to give their kids a healthy education in growing up, while answering some of young people’s most pressing questions about sexual development. She discusses her book at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 14th and V streets NW. Free.
The New York City Ballet kicks off six nights of performances at the Kennedy Center tonight, beginning with Balanchine’s take on Gershwin’s “Who Cares?”, John Adams as choreographed by artistic director Peter Martins, and a suite of Bernstein’s West Side Story with movement by Jerome Robbins. And did we mention the music is live? Yes! Tickets are limited, so snatch ’em up now. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$85.
Good news for action lovers: Studio Theatre’s Sucker Punch has been extended to April 15. Read Trey Graham’s review here.
Beer geeks in the ‘burbs converge on Rustico tonight for the launch of New Belgium’s 2012 batch of “La Folie,” a brown sour brew aged in French oak barrels. Rustico’s resident suds-slingers will also be pouring a bunch of other sour sips from the popular Colorado brewer’s Lips of Faith series, including Kick, Clutch, and Biere de Mars. For the most studious malt-and-hops aficionados, the bar will be streaming live commentary from the New Belgium brewing team out in Fort Collins. Admission is free. And all beers are available in taster-sized and full-pour portions. Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, (703) 224-5051; 4075 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (571) 384-1820. (Chris Shott)
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