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FEBRUARY 18

They’ve slammed their way to the top of the heap, these regulars from the Nuyorican Poets Café. Today they bring their distinctive brand of hard-hitting, slam-winning, rhythmic, sometimes hilarious—and almost always political—poetry to D.C. With their appearances on MTV, new anthology, and major tours, poets like Ed Morales, Tracie Morris (pictured), and Willie Perdomo are bringing art to the masses in a way that hasn’t been seen since Walt Whitman packed American theater houses. It costs three times more than it would to see them at the café, but figure they’re saving you a trip north. At 7:30 p.m. they take over the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1624 Trap Rd., Vienna. $15. (703) 938-2404. (Holly Bass)