- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Rap has come a long way since the days when Salt-N-Pepa were inciting women to “express yo’self” — and the third annual Can a Sista Rock a Mic? festival (through Sunday) is giving Washingtonians ample opportunity to see just how effectively female MCs have taken the rhymes and run with ‘em. Tonight’s grand-opening party at the Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE) features performances by smooth-talking Bahamadia and others. $12. Doors open at 8. 202/388-ROCK. www.canasistarockamic.com.

Jenny Mayo