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Think of “Kitchen of Innovation” as a hyper-local, hyper-democratic approach to art. The Pink Line Project–sponsored event’s recipe reads like this: Start with a horde of hungry hipsters and ask them to shell out a few bucks for a simple meal. Stir in a handful of artists and a platform for them to present their project du jour. Bring the diners to a vote on the proposal most deserving of funding, and serve by sending that happy artist home with the evening’s proceeds. Modeled on successful initiatives launched in Baltimore (STEW) and Brooklyn (FEAST), KOI aims to soften the relationship between artist and audience and add a little do-it-yourself spice. Plus, it’s a chance to check out some local notables like performers Holly Bass, Kelly Bond, Simone Jacobson, and the members of Pointless Theater Company up close—and finally get your two cents in about what kind of art you think belongs onstage.

“KITCHEN OF INNOVATION” TAKES PLACE AT 8 P.M. AT ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH, 1525 NEWTON ST. NW. $15-$20. (202) 232-0900.