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HIP HOP SAVIOR

If opera isn't your thing, then don't worry, we've got another fantastic show for you Tuesday evening. Hip hop sensation Cadence Weapon will be performing at DC9 Nightclub (1940 Ninth St. NW). Hailed by critics as "hip hop's savior," Weapon is pushing the envelope with his rap and electronic sounds. He has two critically acclaimed Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies, and is currently an Edmonton's Poet Laureate. His most recent album Hope in Dirt City weaves together psychedelic soul, old school rap and even disco, and is his third Polaris Music Prize-nominated album.

We recommend you check out this new sensation live. Tickets cost $10 and you can purchase them at dcnine.com. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

COSMIC RELIEF

Lead vocalist of the Black Crowes Chris Robinson is back and some say better than ever with his new musical venture the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Robinson, along with band members Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, George Sluppick and Mark Dutton, set out to create a new rock mythology, and they succeeded with albums "Big Moon Ritual" and "The Magic Door." The band's new sound is simplistic and in Robinson's words "cosmic" and is a reflection of the music playing in their tour van like Neu!, Melanie, and Flatt & Scruggs. Their work also channels some of the greats like the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley.

Luckily for us, they will be playing Tuesday at the State Theater (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and you can purchase them at thestatetheatre.com.

POLITICAL LOVE OPERA

The American Film Institute (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring) introduces "Un Ballo in Maschera," another timeless opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Hailed from the Royal Theater in Turin, Italy, this inevitably tragic tale follows a politician who falls in love with another man's wife. The play was originally banned for several years by Italian censors until it was finally debuted, and it has since become a favorite among the public. Gregory Kunde stars as the star crossed lover Riccardo, Gabriele Viviani as the jealous Renato and Oksana Dyka as the beautiful and faithful Amelia.

The play is part of the Opera in Cinema series: Landmark productions from classic to modern, and contains some of the best vocalists in the country. Get your ticket today by ordering at afi.com. The show debuts at 6:30 p.m.

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