Local spotlight on the weekend: Nomadic Massive raps; Korean Hanbok

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MULTILINGUAL MUSIC

Montreal-based group Nomadic Massive raps in five languages. That's right -- not only are they talented musicians but they use their multilingual skills to reach audiences across the globe. Referred to as "messengers of universal understanding," this nine-member band uses music as a tool to fight social injustice and to establish a global kinship among their followers. They've been making hip-hop since 1994, and have performed with other musical sensations such as Wyclef Jean, K'naan and Guru's Jazzmatazz. The Alliance Francaise and Artisphere have invited Nomadic Massive to D.C. for a unforgettable performance Friday evening. They will perform at the Artisphere Ballroom (1101 Wilson Blvd., Rosslyn) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 and you can buy them at francedc.org.

FASHION ON DISPLAY

If you're interested in Korean culture, then you may be excited to hear that the Korean Cultural Center (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW) is hosting a special event Friday evening in honor of Korean American Day that will highlight that various aspects of Korean pop culture with a focus on Hanbok fashion.

Hanbok, which literally means "Korean clothing," is a traditional Korean dress known for its bight colors and is generally worn on special occasions and holidays. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., you'll get to browse through an extensive Hanbok exhibit, titled "Culture, Beautiful Communication," featuring more than 22 Korean designers. Top it off with a narrated fashion show, various scarf and handbag demonstrations and even a guest lecture on history of Korean pop culture.

If you can't make it, the exhibit will be on display through the of the month.

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