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Pop Essentials

Main Event

Andrea Bocelli
The word: The Italian tenor is one of the most successful classical solo artist with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. He is also known for pop crossovers, and some say he has created a new pop-classical genre.
Details: 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $78 to $378 and can be purchased at


Hot Ticket

Lady Antebellum
The word: The harmony-based country music trio has won Vocal Group of the Year from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music three times in a row and has sold over 11 million albums worldwide. Its recent "Downtown" album received seven Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Details: 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Tickets are $59.50 and are available through


Big premiere

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'
The word: The dwarves, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson's second installment of the three-part prequel to "The Lord of the Rings."
Details: "The Hobbit" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.


Leon Russell's 'Snapshot'
The word: The legendary singer and songwriter is best known for collaborations with many of the biggest names in music, including Willie Nelson and Elton John.
Details: Album drops Tuesday. Available on CD or vinyl. The CD is available for $7.99 on Amazon.

Couch Potato

'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special'
The word: Sid, Manny and friends go an adventure to the North Pole to try to get Sid's name off the naughty list.
Details: The show airs at 9 p.m. Monday on FOX.