Doppelgangers, hip-hop lyrics, and local blues bands on tap this week
How many people are there with your exact name? Not close to it, not in the ballpark: a name identical to yours. Wes Moore discovered another young man just like him, who grew up in the same city. But while the author became a decorated veteran and worked in the White House, the other Wes Moore now sits in jail with a life sentence for a murder conviction. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates chronicles each man’s journey to adulthood and explores what might have happened had circumstances been different. The author discusses his work at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St., NW; 202-994-6800). Click here to RSVP. 6:30.
Tuesday, November 16
Like most music styles, rap developed over time. One of the ever-evolving facets of the genre is lyrics as a means of social message and commentary. Actor and musician Common and producer Kurtis Blow are discussing The Anthology of Rap with its editors at the Lincoln Theatre. 7 PM.
Wednesday, November 17
The Masqueraders, the United States Naval Academy’s theater troupe—yes, the academy has a theater troupe—presents Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs. The group is performing the play—which was later reconceived as the classic musical Oklahoma!—at the National Museum of the American Indian at 7:30.
Thursday, November 18
In his last book, Renegade: The Making of a President, Richard Wolffe chronicled then-Senator Barack Obama’s ascent to the Presidency. With his follow-up work, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, Wolffe examines the challenges Obama has faced during his first two years in office. Wolffe discusses his books and the President at Politics and Prose at 7.
Friday, November 19
The Reston Museum (1639 Washington Plaza; 703-709-7700) brings together local artists and merchants for an art show and sale. A portion of all sales goes to benefit the museum. 6 to 8.
Saturday, November 20
The local power-blues outfit Bad Influence is playing the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, bringing more than 20 years of experience. 6.
Sunday, November 21
Cellist Stephen Framil, of the genre-blurring musical group Camerata Philadelphia, is performing selections by Haydn and Shostakovich in the National Gallery’s West Garden Court at 6:30.