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As Shaw continues to evolve from the home of Howard University and historically black churches to a center for expensive stores and condos, everyone from retailers to The New York Times wants to know what’s happening in the neighborhood. The artists of Brookland-based gallery and studio Pleasant Plains Workshop explore all the micro-communities, heritage, and cultures that mix in the neighborhood on a daily basis through this week-long arts festival. On Monday at Bread for the City, artists Natalie Campbell and Saisha Grayson will lead a workshop called “I want a president…” that asks participants to consider the kind of leader they’d like to see in the White House. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at Bread for the City, 1525 7th St. NW. Free; reservations required. whatsgoingonshaw.com. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

Perhaps the most compelling debate watch party takes place at Boqueria tonight where they’re serving bottomless tapas and drinks (think sangria and beer) for $45 per person, not including tax and tip. Reservations are required for the evening they’re calling “Big Talk, Small Plates.” The menu will become available 15 minutes before the debate begins until it concludes. Boqueria, 1837 M St. NW. 202-558-9545. boqueriadc.com/menu_debates. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Actor Alan Cumming shares 45 stories from his wild life on stage and screen in his new book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams. He discusses it tonight at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with NPR’s Ari Shapiro. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $20–$47.

Jazz guitarist Jan Knutson, a current artist-in-residence at Strathmore, performs standards and original pieces at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with fellow guitarist Steve Abshire. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Comedian Adam Conover breaks down everything you thought you knew about presidential elections when he brings his “Adam Ruins Everything Election Special” to 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $32.50.

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