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Youssou N'Dour performing in 2007. N'Dour brings all sorts of sounds to the Lisner Auditorium Thursday night.
Youssou N'Dour performing in 2007. N'Dour brings all sorts of sounds to the Lisner Auditorium Thursday night.

(June 23) The sound and soul of Senegal

Youssou N'Dour brings the traditional sounds of Senegal to George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium Thursday night. The bona fide international superstar pretty much invented his own genre, fusing traditional African rhythms with Caribbean sounds and even Sufi-inspired Muslim religious chants. Thursday he focuses on the reggae songs of his latest album.

(June 23-25) My Verona

Washington's freshly formed Brave Spirits Theatre company debuts with "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". The play is believed to be one of William Shakespeare's first, but it still prominently features his acerbic wit and choice themes. Friends play the fool with love, betrayal and cross-dressing at The Fridge DC in Southeast Washington through Saturday.

(June 25) Wigging out

If you only cross-dress for a cause there's Wig Aid Live benefiting Washington's Wanda Alston House Saturday night at the Town Danceboutique in Northwest. Some of the region's best drag performers, including Cookie Buffet, Galactica Special-Agent, and Stevie Starfyre, sing to raise money for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.

Music: "The Rubberband Man" by Youssou N’Dour


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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