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CAJUN BEATS

With Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show being hyped up, we wanted to remember performances past, such as the one at Super Bowl XXX that included Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass and Cajun-folk band BeauSoleil. The latter is leaving its mark at the Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Road, Vienna) with its latest album, "Alligator Purse."

The band's Louisiana-inspired sound has captured America's hearts since the 1970s, winning a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album alongside several Grammy nominations throughout the years. BeauSoleil has even been named OffBeat Magazine's Best Cajun Artist a whopping 15 times! The band, which was formed back in the 1970s by fiddler Michael Doucet, has learned to preserve what's called Zydeco -- a musical genre that blends Cajun music, Irish Celtic folk tunes, German button accordion and Latin rhythms together.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27, and you can purchase them at wolftrap.org.

CAPTURING KENNEDY

Stanley Tretick was just your typical photojournalist trying to make a career in Washington -- until he landed the gig of a lifetime as President Kennedy's personal photographer. Tretick was hired by the picture magazine Look to capture the more intimate moments of the president and his family. His most famous photograph was taken in the Oval Office of John Jr. playing underneath the president's desk while he was working.

NPR's Scott Simon show will be at the National Archives (Constitution Avenue at Seventh Street NW) to host best-selling author Kitty Kelley and discuss Tretick's images in her book, "Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys." The book boasts more than 200 never-before-seen images of the first family with accompanying essays. A book signing will follow. This event is free and starts at 7 p.m.

PARISIAN PARTY

We're lucky in D.C. to have amazing cultural organizations that offer programming that educates while still being fun. Alliance Francaise de Washington is one such organization that brings the best of France to Washington. Its latest gift to the city is a pop-up arts space along Georgetown's waterfront, where it will showcase a large number of its most innovative cultural programs.

At the official opening of Malmaison (3401 Water St. NW) on Thursday at 8 p.m., you will enjoy great French music, food and sneak-previews of the AFDC winter programming. The space, which will hold both a restaurant and pastry shop, will embody an atmosphere of "Paris Meets the Meat-Packing District," as it is being billed.

The opening party is $10 or free for members. For more information about the gallery or Alliance events, visit francedc.org.

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