Rapper Antonio Hardy goes by many names -- Dark Gable, Black Caesar, King Asiatic Nobody's Equal, Count Macula, or his most popular stage name, Big Daddy Kane. Considered to be one of the greatest rappers of the golden age by Rolling Stone Magazine, this talented, Grammy Award-winning artist has won over crowds with his smooth baritone voice and his lightening-fast hip-hop beats. You may recognize some of his most famous songs: "Ain't No Half Steppin,'" "Raw" or even his collaborative track "Back on the Block" with Quincy Jones, for which he took home a Grammy.

He is performing Friday at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at The show starts at 8 p.m.


Like to drink fine wine and talk with the people who made it? The fourth Annual Capital Wine Festival kicks off with its opening reception, followed by a series of nine dinners where winemakers from around the world will pour their juice during four-course meals designed to showcase what's in the glass. On Friday, more than 40 wines will be featured, and guests can mingle with the winemakers. There will be a huge food spread by chef Christopher Ferrier, of 2100 Prime, at the Fairfax at Embassy Row in Dupont Circle, which will host the reception and dinners. Among the wineries participating are Napa Valley's Heitz Cellars, Italy's Pio Cesare, and Virginia's own Boxwood and Tarara wineries.

The reception starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $65. The weekly Tuesday dinners (tickets start at $125) kick off next week with Napa Valley's Darioush Winery. Go to for tickets and information.