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Say “Haiti,” and what images come to mind? The picture of dark-skinned skeletons in overcrowded rowboats as they are turned away by the U.S. Coast Guard is the most current image in many people’s minds. Luckily for us, Evolution 2004, a group of young Haitian artists, and Artists’ Creative Endeavors are bringing Washington a side of Haiti not shown on the news with “State of the Art VIII: Ayiti Creativity.” D.C.-based visual artists Christine DuChatellier and Claes Gabriel will join compatriots Sophie Mazile, a painter whose work celebrates voodoo imagery, and Lisa Williams, who has documented these traditional religious practices in her photography, for a group exhibit. Villa La Caye will provide free Haitian eats, DJs Jean Michel and Judge Dread will have you dancing to popular zouk tunes, and at 10 p.m. the Peter Fraize Trio will jam with local Haitian musicians ’til the night’s end. From 6 p.m.-1 a.m. at State of the Union, 1357 U St. NW. $5. (202) 462-2638. (Holly Bass)