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From 1950s beat poet to black arts front-runner to uncompromising Marxist in an increasingly fascist world, Amiri Baraka has been one of the leading voices in modern American literature. Without fear of losing grant money or other artistic reprisal, he presents D.C. with some “Insights Into the New Age of Darkness”—sure to be the most courageous poetry you’ve heard yet. Baraka will be accompanied by the masterful drumming of Nasar Abadey at 7:30 p.m. at HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, 1426 9th St. NW. $12 (benefits the Listening Group’s Jazz Scholarship Fund). (202) 667-3700. (Holly Bass)