Inside D.C. entertainment

Tonight: Birth of Hip-Hop Culture, Polyphonic Spree

May 21, 2012 - 11:19 AM
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The French-American Hip-Hop Festival presents Old Schools: The Birth of Hip-Hop Culture in the U.S. and France. The Alliance Francaises' week-long festival features a discussion of the rise of hip-hop in two distinct cultures, with Alain-Philippe Durand, a professor of U.S. and French hip-hop cultures at the University of Arizona, and Junious "House" Brickhouse, urban dance expert and founder of Urban Artistry. Busboys and Poets/5th&K. 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. The festival runs until Thursday with performances from hip-hop dance crews from France, the U.S., Senegal and local acts.

A night of comedy and music with Spin's "Best New Comedian" and "Best of CMF" 2010, Reggie Watts at 9:30 ClubJustin Cousson opens. 7 p.m. $25.

The symphonic rock band, The Polyphonic Spree takes their You + Me Tour to the District with indie folk musician Sweet Lee Morrow and New Fumes. Sixth & I. 8 p.m. $31.50.

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