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While Haiti is still incredibly poor, life for most of its citizens presents more promise than it did under the military junta. In celebration of that promise, D.C.-based Haitian graphic artist and promoter Jean Zephir has put together an evening of his nation’s art and music. Offering paintings selected from an Atlanta gallery’s curated show, “Invasion of Haitian Art, Exhibition of the Soul,” plus works amassed by local galleries and collectors, Zephir displays both traditional and modern Haitian perspectives. The local Zikap Band of Haiti will provide the sounds of compas, a danceable guitar-and-keyboards-centered style incorporating elements of meringue, zouk, soukous, and Beatlesque pop. Haitian artist Raphael Sagage will be on hand, and Caribbean DJs Andy Mix and Sound City will close down the evening. At 7 p.m. at the International Square Atrium, 1825 I St. NW. $8-10. (202) 882-3888. CP