If your New Year’s resolution involves becoming more socially engaged while also hanging out with smarter and cooler people, the conversation between Roxane Gay and poet Morgan Parker presented by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation checks all those boxes. Gay, author of the popular essay collection Bad Feminist and the recently released Difficult Women, is a go-to culture critics for pretty much every media outlet today. And since the reading is sponsored by PEN/Faulkner, both writers will likely discuss the act of writing as well. Read more >>> Roxane Gay and Hilton Als read at 7:30 p.m. at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. (202) 544-7077. folger.edu. (Diana Metzger)

EAT THIS

Fourteen restaurants in Petworth are uniting for a good cause tonight by donating 10 percent of sales to Powell Elementary School and the Celebrate Petworth Festival. Participating restaurants include Slim’s Diner, Ten Tigers Parlour, Timber Pizza Company, Ruta del Vinoand many more. Look for staff members at all the restaurants wearing “Explore Petworth” t-shirts, which will also be for sale at Slim’s Diner for $15. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Learn to dance like Prince or just take in his funky tunes at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, where Joy of Motion instructor Maverick Lemons leads a street pop dance class. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

CIA chief historian David Robarge leads a discussion of the acts of espionage that have taken place all over Arlington County at an event sponsored by the Smithsonian Associates at the Hirshhorn’s Ring Auditorium. 6:45 p.m. at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. $30–$45.

Pair your ribs and cornbread with live music when local favorite the Scott Kurt Duo takes the stage at Hill Country Barbecue. 8:30 p.m. at 410 7th St. NW. Free.

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