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While headlines tell a story of the nation’s economic boom, the twin specters of child poverty and hunger are unabated. In the District, one in four (more than 12,000) low-income children goes to bed hungry each night. City Limits, which benefits D.C. Hunger Action, is an opportunity for the youth affected to talk back, in art and performance—to describe the experience behind the statistics. The visuals come from Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an art initiative that encourages Northeast youth to create works inspired by the challenges of urban poverty, eventually to form a 100-piece traveling collection. Performed by four kids from the Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, Chaos Standing fuses poetic monologues, which magnify the reality of growing up between cultures. From 5-10 p.m. at Studio 1019, 1019 7th St. NW. $10. For reservations call (202) 347-4441. (John Dugan)