Mos Def / 9:30 Club

Talented rapper-actor Mos Def, whose latest album is the experimental New Danger, will raise the roof at the 9:30 Club, 815 V. St. N.W. in Washington, Wednesday night at 7:30. For more information, visit

HFSMas Nutcracker / Patriot Center

Blazing with performances by Jimmy Eat World, Good Charlotte, Breaking Benjamin and others, the HFSmas Nutcracker stops at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax, Va., Saturday evening at 5. Tickets are $48-$58 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Clay Aiken / Meyerhoff

America's favorite jug-eared belter, Clay Aiken, will spread Christmas cheer through song at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Saturday night at 8. Tickets for the holiday concert are $35-$60 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting

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