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Here's what to do in Washington this week

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By Hoodline - Published on May 06, 2019.

From a mural-painting competition to an adult prom, there's plenty to enjoy in Washington this week. Read on for a rundown of ideas for how to fill your calendar.

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Elizabeth Acevedo: 'With the Fire on High' Publication Celebration

From the event description:

East City Bookshop presents National Book Award-winning author of 'The Poet X,' Elizabeth Acevedo, to celebrate the publication of her second novel, 'With the Fire on High.' Acevedo will be in conversation with poet and teacher Clint Smith and poet Carolyn Felton. Felton will also perform her poetry. 

When: Tuesday, May 7, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE
Admission: $25 (1 Guest); $35 (2 Guests). Price of admission includes a copy of the book.
Click here for more details, and to get your tickets

Pow! Wow! D.C.: Secret Walls

From the event description:

Pow! Wow! D.C. is known as the 'Fight Club' of the art scene, inspired by Marvel comics and graffiti, and a fixture in the global art community for over 11 years. Plan to join them on Wednesday night for Secret Walls (formerly Secret Wars), the world's premier live art event. Aspiring artists of all styles and backgrounds contend at Secret Walls. They're armed solely with black markers or acrylic paint, with the challenge of filling a large canvas. At this event, two teams of artists will battle it out in black and white to conceptualize and create a mural in a limited time. The winner is chosen by the event's attendees!

When: Wednesday, May 8, 9 p.m.- Thursday, May 9, 12 a.m.
Where: The Line DC, 1770 Euclid St. NW
Admission: Free
Click here for more details, and to register

The Underground Railroad in Washington, D.C. - Free Guided Walking Tour

From the event description:

This event is a free educational and entertaining two-hour guided walking tour focused on Underground Railroad activities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Attendees will also learn about local slavery and emancipation history, both of which provide an important context for understanding the Underground Railroad.

When: Friday, May 10, 6-8 p.m.
Where: African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW
Admission: Free
Click here for more details, and to register

2nd Annual Mariposas Fundraiser: Adult Prom

From the event description:

This blast from the past event, full of gaudy dresses, old school hip hop and awkward photos, will benefit Mariposas: Mujeres Cambiando el Mundo. Mariposas is a non-profit that provides educational opportunities to young women from marginalized communities in Mexico. Just $1600 pays for an entire year of college for one of their scholarship recipients.

When: Friday, May 10, 8:30 p.m.-Saturday, May 11, 3 a.m.
Where: Sudhouse DC, 1340 U St. NW
Admission: $20
Click here for more details, and to get your tickets

Essence of South Africa Festival

From the event description:

The 2nd Annual Essence of South Africa Festival has something for everyone. South African vendors will showcase the artwork, clothing, crafts, jewelry and cuisine of South Africa. Learn about the rich history and remarkable cultures. Experience the sounds of traditional South African music as sung by the world-renowned South African Choir, VUSA.

When: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St., NW
Admission: Free
Click here for more details, and to register


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