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If go-go music can’t get on the map through the recording industry, maybe it can finally go global through the publishing industry. On Feb. 5, the newly renovated Hillcrest Recreation Center in Ward 7 will host “Go-Go Stars Creative Writing Workshop.” According to James Greggs, executive director of Sign of the Times, an arts organization that will be giving the class, the stories written by participants will feature characters, culture, settings, issues, and music affiliated with D.C.’s go-go scene. The workshop, which costs $30 for D.C. residents, will end in the self-publication of Go-Go Stars Vol. 1, an anthology of stories and poems written by participants. Writer Deidre Gantt, who will be teaching the class, says, “We were looking for ways to document our culture so we can take control of it, and not just have what’s in the news—[which] just show[s] somebody getting shot and people out there shaking their butts.”
—Ericka Blount Danois