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The D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival begins today

July 11, 2011 - 01:13 PM
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This one is for Dilla: The 6th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla fundraiser is part of this year's Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

The D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival kicks off tonight, with an old-school hip-hop jam at Marvin and a final viewing of the "MCs, Mics, and Metaphors [Re/Mixed]" art exhibit at the 14th Street, NW branch of Busboys and Poets.

The week-long event, which is connected to the New York festival of the same name, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The week's festivities include:

*The 6th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla fundraiser and tribute in honor of the producer J Dilla, who died in 2006, which will be held Tuesday at the 9:30 Club. The show features a special appearance by West Coast hip-hop outfit the Pharcyde and performances from Jon Laine and the Players, Kaimbr, Awthentik, Gods'Illa, and many others. The evening's profits will go to both the J Dilla Foundation and the local chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America.

*The Radha Blank play Seed has its world premiere in September, at the New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival, but D.C. residents get to check it out this Wednesday and Thursday at Arena Stage.

* Also on Tuesday, OkayAfrica (sister site of OkayPlayer) hosts a Kennedy Center Millennium stage concert "celebrating hip-hop's African renaissance." Togo-born, D.C.-bred rapper Tabi Bonney hosts.

Most of the events, with the exception of the Dilla tribute and the dance/theater production "Word Becomes Flesh" at Dance Place on Friday, are free. To put yourself in the mood for the week ahead, check out the full schedule and listen to the 10th anniversary HHTF mix, courtesy of DJ RBI.

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