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There will be no shortage of entertainment options for rap fans this weekend, with both the D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and Rock the Bells happening. But, if you want to avoid big-venue crows and still get your fix, check out the Circus at Expo on Saturday night. Rosetta Stoned‘s Tyrone Norris organizes the bi-monthly showcase of MCs, poets, bands, and DJs. This week, Bomani Armah of Read A Book fame performs, and with a 9 p.m. start, you can still be home in plenty of time to get a full night’s rest before heading out to Merriweather the next day.

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