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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 22

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Michael lives! For proof, head to the 9:30 Club tonight.
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Michael lives! For proof, head to the 9:30 Club tonight.

(June 22) The King lives!
Michael Jackson died three years ago this weekend, but it’s pretty clear he’s going to live forever. If you hear the King of Pop’s jams emanating from Northwest Washington tonight it will be thanks to Who’s Bad, the self-proclaimed “ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band.” The scrupulous gang of MJ fanatics brings glitzy jackets, glittery gloves, and all the other trappings of the King of Pop’s prime to the 9:30 Club tonight for a three and a half hour show that covers four decades of hits.

(June 22-24) The most sterling of all documentary film fests
AFI’s Silverdocs film festival turns ten this year, and it’s celebrating with another great slate of documentaries from across the globe. There are dozens of screenings, conferences, and speaking engagements to choose from this closing weekend. Among the highlights on the big screen will be Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the Chinese conceptual artist and his use of social media to express political dissent, and Big Easy Express, a rambling rock documentary about three folksy bands touring from San Francisco to New Orleans on an opulent old train.

Music: “Smooth Criminal” by 2Cellos

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