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“Peace, y’all. I’m out. I didn’t get in it for this.” And with that, Ta-Nehisi Coates pulled the plug on his Twitter account late last month after a spat with Cornel West, who slammed him as the “neoliberal face of the black freedom struggle.” Someone leaving Twitter wouldn’t normally make headlines, but when it’s Coates, a MacArthur Fellow and a National Book Award winner, among many other honors, it’s a different story. Over the last decade, Coates has emerged, much to his chagrin, as perhaps the leading public intellectual in America, especially on issues of race, politics, and culture. Those years are chronicled in We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, a collection of eight essays written for The Atlantic during the Obama administration that are bracketed with memoir-esque commentary about how a Howard University drop-out has reached such great heights. Thankfully, his spat with West might have pushed Coates off Twitter, but not out of the public eye. He returns to Sixth & I, where he has previously shared the reasons he did “get in it” with the self-effacing honesty of his work. Read more>>> The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Sold out. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Chris Kelly)
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The Paradiso Game Room is open for business in Georgetown in what was formerly a beer bar. Now patrons of the basement watering hole below Pizzeria Paradiso can play games like Skee-Ball, Big Buck Hunter, Pinball, and Golden Tee. While you’re gaming, enjoy the full menu from the upstairs restaurant paired with a menu of 50 rotating canned beers ($5–$14) including Right Proper Raised by Wolves, Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, and Brewer’s Art Resurrection. The bar is open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and happy hour runs Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $4 drafts. Paradiso Game Room, 3282 M St. NW, eatyourpizza.com/game-room. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Atlantic science writer Ed Yong stops by Kramerbooks to chat about his book, I Contain Multitudes, which describes the microbes that we live with and how they shape our world. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
World music group Veronneau celebrates its latest release at Blues Alley, along with two special guests: violinist David Kline and local bassist John Previti. 8 and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $22.
Grand Tapestry brings its blend of hip-hop and classical Indian music to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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