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Friday

Ever wanted to break the law and get away with it? You can do that tonight—technically, anyway—in an atmosphere of style and elegance. Czech artist Petr Vása performs a combination of poetry, theater, song, dance, and music; he calls his creation “physical poetry.” His art is a difficult thing to classify, but you’ll likely enjoy Vása’s varied talents. The same is true for Czech absinthe: The preferred liqueur of 19th-century artists and boho types, emerald-green absinthe, a bitter-tasting (some say psychoactive) concoction of wormwood oil and fennel, along with anise, hyssop, and other herbs and spices, has a history as rich as the Czech Republic’s own. Interestingly, absinthe is illegal in the United States (likely for many of the same stupid reasons that marijuana is banned)—but not on Czech territory. So drink up, because you can: “Dinner With Arts and Absinthe” features a tasting of the very potent potable, along with a sumptuous buffet and Vása’s compelling performance art. At 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. $30. (202) 274-9105. (Natalie Davis)