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

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