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Miley Cyrus at Verizon
Miley Cyrus' latest tour for her album, “Bangerz,” comes to the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. tonight.
Icona Pop will also perform.
Find ticket information at www.verizoncenter.com.
Check out the promotional video for Woodbridge Senior High School's production of "Bye Bye Birdie." It runs from Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12.
Mickey Rooney portrait on display at National Portrait Gallery
WASHINGTON -- A portrait of late comedian Mickey Rooney, who died earlier this week at the age of 93, is on view indefinitely at the National Portrait Gallery.
The portrait shows Rooney and frequent co-star Judy Garland in 1939. It will be displayed in a first-floor space reserved for honoring prominent people who have recently died, the museum says.
Click here for more information.
Bethesda readies for 15th annual literary festival
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Bethesda is readying for its 15th annual literary festival.
The festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday. It includes more than a dozen authors who will read from their works, talk about writing and take part in discussions. Authors include Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, who wrote "The Nanny Diaries," and John Rizzo, a lawyer for the CIA who wrote "Company Man."
Also speaking is Seth Goldman, the co-founder of Bethesda-based Honest Tea, who co-wrote a book about the company.
All events are free.
Read more about the festival on the event's website.
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Happening Tonight: Thursday, April 3
You know it's spring when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing. Tonight, get your pink and white party on at the Grand Sake Tasting at Carnegie Library on K Street. Swig from 20 different sakes, beers and shochu options. Tickets are $100. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. Info here
"One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide" continues tonight at the Kennedy Center with a multimedia show featuring Paige Hernandez and Baye Harrell and jazz vocalist Akua Allrich and The Corner Store Jazz Trio. There will be a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Info here
Celebrate the 128th anniversary of Hyattsville during an evening carnival tonight from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Magruder Park. Festivities include rides, food and games. Info here
Film buffs should head to AFI Silver Spring for opening night of Festival of New Spanish Cinema. Kicking off the fest is "Grupo 7," which follows an overworked group of cops as they make their own rules in the war on drugs in Seville, Spain. Screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and is immediately followed by a reception with filmmaker Alberto Rodriguez. Info here
The Psychedelic Furs bring '80s classics like "Pretty in Pink" and "Love My Way" to the State Theatre in Falls Church. Tickets are $40. Info here
WASHINGTON -- A famous rapper is accused of hitting a man in the face Monday night at Verizon Center.
Rapper Wale was at a live taping of WWE "Monday Night Raw."
TMZ reports a man began taunting him, so he punched the fan directly in the face.
Both Wale and the other man returned to their seats shortly after the incident.
It's unclear whether the fight was real or staged for the show.
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Is SXSW too big for its britches?
WASHINGTON -- Big changes could be coming to South by Southwest after city officials take a closer look at the popular music and culture festival.
The Austin City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to review the impact SXSW is having on the local community. Everything from security to traffic will be scrutinized.
“This item is not about trying to limit or make SXSW go away,” Councilmember
Mike Martinez told KXAN.
“In my mind this is about preserving SXSW. It’s part of what made Austin so
special and so attractive, but we do see that there are improvements that can be
Read more here
Happening Tonight: Thursday, March 27Humanitini: DC Speak explores the District's culture through its unique language. A panel of linguistics examine how DC Speak developed and how it contributes to building a sense of community in Washington. From 6:30 to 8:30 at the The Coupe in Columbia Heights. Info here
The Hirshhorn's spring film series kicks off tonight with "The Weather War," a Swedish documentary "about man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes." The free screening starts at 8 p.m. Info hereInterested in something a little racey? Try the Chippendales on for size. The boys take over The Fillmore stage by storm. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35. Info here
WASHINGTON -- Drugs might have played a role in the death of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie.CBS 6 WTVR reports the shock rocker was found unconscious on his couch by Brockie's roommate Sunday evening.
Based on evidence gathered in the singer's Richmond home, his death is now being investigated as drug-related.It could take up to six weeks or more for toxicology reports to be processed, officials say.
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs March 20 through April 13.