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The Our City Festival was created in 2008 as the Our City Film Festival, a showcase of movies centered around D.C. history and culture. This year, the weekend-long event has expanded with literary events and a variety of local music performances by an Ethiopian band, a house-music maker, and a go-go group. The “Our Voices” event, curated by the Free Minds Book Club and Chris Ousley of the band Bumper Jacksons, features formerly incarcerated teen poets, their poet mentor Bomani Armah, and a band led by drummer Kenny “Kwick” Gross of the Chuck Brown Band, along with bassist Daniel Bennett and keyboardist Marcus Young. Armah has worked with the poets on their phrasing and delivery, while Gross has created raw, bounce beat go-go rhythms that the participants determined would work best as an accompaniment. Expect personal verses about childhood in D.C., life as young people in adult prisons, plus tales of violence, addiction, poverty and, perhaps, dreams of a better tomorrow. The performance begins at 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free, registration required. (202) 681-1151. ourcityfilmfestival.com.