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Thursday, April 30, 2009

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Girl-power singer Pink is heading out on her first tour since 2006, and what does she do? Theming it Funhouse, a concept that just happens to sort of echo Britney's Circus behemoth. The tour, which stops at the Patriot Center on Sept. 28, promises just as many fireworks, including dancers swinging from the rafters and a party-starter opening band, the Ting Tings. Tickets for the concert are $39.50-$49.50 and go on sale Saturday at noon through Ticketmaster (202-397-7328) and the Patriot Center.

"Rent" may have been evicted from Broadway last summer after an impressive 12-year run, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to go without those earnest rock ballads and our favorite druggie-vixen, street drummer and other East Village bohemians with hearts of gold (but lots of problems). The show is coming to Washington! "Rent" originals Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp are among the cast members who bring the musical to the Warner Theatre May 26-31. Tickets are $45-$80 and available through Ticketmaster, or 202-397-7328.

Lovely and lyrical St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) once played guitar for Sufjan Stevens, and it's evident in her elaborate, chime-filled pop. She plays the Black Cat on May 22. $15. 202-397-7328 or get tickets in person at the box office, 202-667-4490.

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Concert The Kills

The rock band might be aiming for mainstream greatness with plugs on "Gossip Girl" and the like, but it has a genuinely menacing stage presence that still appeals to the fans who liked the Kills back when they were a bluesy indie-rock outfit. Alison "VV" Mosshart and Jamie "I May or May Not Be Kate Moss's Next Baby Daddy" Hince are at the 9:30 club tonight. (Last time they were in town, at the Black Cat, Kate turned up, so star-stalkers, consider this advance notice.) With the Horrors and Magic Wands. $20. Doors at 7 p.m. 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930 or 800-955-5566 or

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Literature Nikki Giovanni

The legendary poet, activist and Virginia Tech professor concludes her new collection of poems, "Bicycles," with the momentous speech she delivered on Tech's campus after the 2007 shootings. But "Bicycles" ultimately is about love, and as she told Bill Moyers in an interview this winter -- it's the falling off and getting back on. She reads from the book tonight at the newest Busboys and Poets. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. 1025 Fifth St. NW. 202-789-2227 or

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