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Main Event

'Macklemore & Ryan Lewis'
The word: Rapper Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) and producer Ryan Lewis are best known for the singles "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," both of which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets are $34.50 to $52.50 and can be purchased at


Hot Ticket

'Mistletoe Meltdown'
The word: Scheduled concert performers include Backstreet Boys, Plain White T's, Sara Bareilles, Avril Lavigne and Gavin DeGraw.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, SECU Arena at Towson University, 2 Auburn Drive, Towson. Tickets are $40 to $85 and are available at

Big premiere


The word: This black and white film generated buzz after the lead actor, Bruce Dern, was awarded Best Actor for his performance at the Cannes Film Festival. In the film, a father and son trek from Montana to Nebraska to claim prize money. Along the way, they meet up with a plethora of people to whom the father owes money.
Details: "Nebraska" premieres Friday. Check your local listings for times and locations.


Daughtry's 'Baptized'
The word: Reviews have been positive for the fourth studio album for the band led by Chris Daughtry. The artist became well known after placing fourth on the fifth season of "American Idol." The catchy single "Waiting for Superman" is No. 19 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart.
Details: Album drops Tuesday. A deluxe version is available for $12.99 on Amazon and on iTunes.

Couch Potato

'Alpha House'
The word: The first three episodes of this Amazon original comedy will be available for free Friday. New episodes after that will only be available to Amazon Prime members. "Alpha House" stars John Goodman as one of four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington, D.C.
Details: Stream the first three episodes from Friday.