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Terrance Cummings’ new anthology, Too Hot to Cool Down, combines his illustrations with lyrics by such greats as Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Fats Domino, and Duke Ellington. Bold, cubist-inspired images of African-American couples caught in various erotic poses accompany the verse with their own powerful rhythms. A teacher at Parsons School of Design, Cummings also illustrated In Search of Color Everywhere, an anthology of African-American poetry edited by E. Ethelbert Miller. But on this solo voyage, Cummings uses vibrant colors and African motifs to establish himself as a masterful illustrator who meshes literature, music, dance, and theatrics to create an energetic art without boundaries. Cummings discusses and signs copies of Too Hot at 6 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 337-5024. (Jonetta Rose Barras)