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Vertigo is D.C.’s citadel for progressive intellectuals, Ethridge Knight wannabes, and E. Lynn Harris lovers. Only here could you peep Noam Chomskyites bugging out Terry McMillan scholars (is that an oxymoron?). Plus the bookstore hosts the phattest reading series in all of Go-Go City. A place that can pull that off for just one year gets crazy props. But dig it: It’s been five years since Vertigo opened its doors. This Saturday the domicile of dizziness throws what promises to be the most literary of birthday bashes with its “Fifth Annual Barbershop Bash.” The party features some of D.C.’s liveliest metaphor-makers. The roster will feature D.C. poetry don Kenny Carroll, “O.G.” Brian Gilmore, and literary rookie of the year Yona “Young-buck” Harvey. Even if you’re only semiliterate, you ain’t gonna wanna miss this one. From noon-5 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Ta-Nehisi Coates)