There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Roberto Sanchez is definitely a lazy organizer. As one of the creators behind the “What a DJ Really Is” series, a local all-ages punk/hip-hop/meringue/whatever cabaret (think of a Positive Force “Star Search”), his idea of finding talent is to bump into it. On a recent Saturday afternoon in Malcolm X Park, Sanchez hit pay dirt in typical fashion. He spotted a circle of females freestyling, went into the hard sell, and offered them a gig within seconds. When he saw Sam, a 6-year-old, holding his own among the crew, his eyes lit up, too. Maybe Sam will show; maybe he won’t. Either way, tonight’s lineup for the series’ second installment (as part of the Movement Empowerment Solidarity Through Art project), includes Latin American punk (Machetres), Sanchez’s own freestyle meringue, hip-hop (Chia & Red, Morton), Spanish metal (Erupcion), photography, poetry, DJs, and art exhibits. At 8 p.m. at the Sanctuary Theatre, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW. $3. (202) 328-9451. (Jason Cherkis)