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Grab a keg, round up some chicks, and get ready to rock out with your whatever out—it’s time for Dude Fest! Oh, wait: Make that A Different Kind of Dude Fest. Organized by “an ensemble of mostly male activists and music lovers,” the fest will feature three days of workshops, movies, and tunes that seek to put a twist on the woefully dude-dominated punk scene. With proceeds benefiting the D.C.-based Empower Program’s Real Young Men project, A Different Kind of Dude Fest will focus on promoting acceptance of all genders and orientations and will also encourage discussions on challenging the patriarchy and sexism within independent-music culture. It is, in other words, a festival for those “who like to learn while they rock,” says the press. Pump your fists and open your mind when a show including Stop It!!, Rue the Day, Homage to Catalonia, and Forensics kicks things off at 6 p.m. at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E St. NW. $5. Go to www.differentkindofdudefest.dead-city.org for a complete schedule of events. (Tricia Olszewski)