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Turns out Elle Woods isn’t the only one who thinks Washington could stand a little pinking up. The Chicago-based feminist performance troupe Pink Bloque brings “radical booty shake” to the forlorn, fashion-challenged world of street protest—using pop hits, music-video choreography, and Pepto-Bismol-hued outfits to effect social change. Since May 2002, the 15-woman group has been making a lighthearted spectacle of itself to bring attention to serious issues—working it to songs by Nelly and Mary J. Blige while sporting outfits with such slogans as “Drop Beatz, Not Bombz” and “2 Cute 2 Be Arrested.” To heighten awareness of date rape, for example, the women got their dance on while wearing shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Can’t Touch This” and pants with handprints on their rears. The group incorporates an interactive workshop/protest format into this summer’s “Unjustified” tour—tempering issues such as the U.S. occupation of Iraq and corporate control of the media with the bubble-gum stylings of Cameron Diaz’s new squeeze. But as difficult a task as informing the masses is, finding all of those color-coordinated outfits is its own struggle. “There’s a lot of dyeing involved,” says member Kate Dougherty. “But this past season, pink has been the color, so it worked out.” Think pink at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at La Casa Community Center, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. $5 (suggested donation). (202) 246-0112. (Sarah Godfrey)