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WEDNESDAY

As the title character in Il Postino understands, there’s a great temptation after reading the poems of Pablo Neruda to try to pass them off as your own—they beg to be read aloud. For those of you who’ve always had the desire, but never the opportunity, the Variable Foot Poetry Reading Group is holding The Great Neruda Read-Off. The best reading and/or recitation, in English or Spanish, wins a $50 gift certificate. Second and third place win a copy of Ode to Opposites. At 7 p.m. at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-5495.