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Of the constellation of poets that emerged during the Black Arts era of the 1960s, Nikki Giovanni is one of the few whose star shines as brightly today as it did 30 years ago. Her work has become a staple in college lit courses and poetry cafes alike. Scores of young black poets cite her as an influence. Her best-loved poetry from the past three decades has finally been compiled in The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni. Her readings are part literary event, part political forum, and part stand-up routine. Show up early and ask her to read “Nikki Rosa.” At 2 p.m. at the Bethune Museum and Archives, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 332-1233. (William Jelani Cobb)