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Spotlight on Wednesday, June 12

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Entertainment

MR. ENTERTAINMENT

In Las Vegas, he's known as the Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment. His most well-known songs include "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast," "Years" and "Red Roses for a Blue Lady." Any guesses yet? We'll help you out: He's Wayne Newton, the Virginia-born singer who's performed in front of more than 40 million people and who's also established himself as an actor on television and the movies, though he's usually playing himself. He's been voted "Entertainer of the Year" by Nevada Magazine eight years in a row.

Lucky for us, Mr. Entertainment is leaving his domain in Vegas for a day and performing at the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave.). Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at birchmere.com. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

CLASSIC FILMS

If you've never seen a film at the American Film Institute (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring), then we suggest you add it to your summer bucket list. They have a whole lineup of dynamite films this summer including "Nothing But A Man," starring Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln. The film, which was named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1993, follows the forbidden love story of a railroad man and a school teacher during the pre-Civil Rights era in the Deep South. Despite family misgivings, railroad man Duff Anderson must decide what kind of man he wants to be.

"Nothing But A Man" has been hailed as "One of the most sensitive films about black life ever made in this country." It'll be screening at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 7 p.m. Thursday.

WEEKLY FEAST

We hope you like fresh crab because Frederik De Pue's Penn Quarter seafood restaurant Azur (405 Eighth St. NW) is hosting a series that will feature fixed-price crab offerings and specials on draft beer all summer long. Wednesday Crab Fest will kick off at 5 p.m. in the first-floor bar. The crab specials are paired with the perfect summer fixings, including corn on the cob, kielbasa, potatoes and hush puppies, complete with cocktail sauce and garlic aioli.

The fixed-price crab specials cost just $65 for a half-dozen large blue crabs and $120 for a dozen. The crabs are also available a la carte for $40 for a half dozen and $75 for a dozen. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy new beer specials every week, starting with DC Brau's Citizen Belgian Ale and El Hefe Speaks Hefeweizen.

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