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FRIDAY

In 1996, poet, actor, and activist Quique Avilés checked himself into rehab—again. That time around, it was for a two-month-long county-sponsored program in Arlington. After about a month of taking abuse from counselors, however, Avilés walked out of the center’s backdoor and directly into the embrace of a Columbia Pike liquor store. Despite the lapse, Avilés would seek help a third time almost a decade later: A 30-day stay at a Winchester, Va., facility in May 2005 is the basis of his new one-man show, Rehab, billed as “lived, written, performed by” Avilés. Through poetry and prose, he relates his personal struggle with addiction and treatment while examining “the structure of rehab as an institution and the conditions that give rise to the rehab industry.” For all its personal hardship, though, Rehab can’t be a total downer: After all, if Avilés’ story had ended in the worst way imaginable, he wouldn’t be around to reenact it. Avilés performs at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 526-4417. (Sarah Godfrey)