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Washington Project for the Arts promises “poetry, drama, and rock ‘n’ roll” from its new performance series, “Crossover.” Tonight’s opening program features two very different poets—Jose Padua, who is as well-known for his outbursts at the audience as he is for his deft writing, and Stephen Gibson, a self-described “sensitive bike courier.” A screening of Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky’s Half-Cocked—featuring music by D.C.’s Slant 6 and Helium and an appearance by onetime Nation of Ulysses frontman Ian Svenonius—follows the readings. At 8:30 p.m. at the Washington Project for the Arts’ White Box Gallery, 400 7th St. NW. $5. (202) 347-4590. (Holly Bass)