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Expect Good Hope Road SE to be busier than usual Friday when the Anacostia Arts Center opens two new art exhibits and neighboring Honfleur Gallery opens a third, featuring art by residents of wards 7 and 8, as part of the “Art Art Art” celebration. The Arts Center will also host a “Metro Mambo” dance with music by Latin act Eddie Drennon (pictured) and Charanga Soul, and a discussion with Drennon, Cuban painter Gustavo Díaz Sosa, and Anacostia-based photographer Jonathan French led by WPFW DJ Jim Byers. Drennon, a violinist who has performed with Celia Cruz and Bo Diddley and now mainly teaches music, is making a rare public appearance. Sosa’s solo show, “Apotheosis of One Humankind,” is his first in the U.S. since 2011. Using lots of dark tones, Sosa’s work seeks to convey through painting and drawing the drabness of life that his literary idols Kafka and Dostoevsky express through prose. French’s “Innocent Eyes of Tierra Bomba” is a group project with photos taken on the Colombian island by French photographers who traveled with him and some young residents. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free. (202) 631-6291. anacostiaartscenter.org.