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Looking for a cheap and unconventional midweek activity to attend with a new connection from Tinder? An NSFW poetry slam surely fits the bill: if listening to strangers share X-rated poems and stories in the middle of a crowded bookstore doesn’t break the ice, nothing will. The rules for the shop’s third annual Erotica Slam are simple: Pieces must be about sex and cannot run longer than three minutes. Dirty haiku, tawdry sonnets, and erotic epistles are welcome. Neither fixed form nor seriousness are requirements, and at the show’s conclusion the audience gets to vote for the dirtiest ditty of the bunch. Read more >>> The event begins at 8 p.m. at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 387-3825. kramers.com. (Amrita Khalid)


Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken continues its kick-off in Falls Church today by giving away 50 sets of five chicken fingers (a whole chicken hand!) to the first customers at 5 p.m. The new locale has a larger menu and space than the original shop with new additions like egg-and-bacon sandwiches plus tater tots. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. (703) 356-0800. astrodoughnuts.com(Jessica Sidman)


Philadelphia-based rock band Literature headlines the Black Cat Backstage tonight. Baltimore jangle-pop band Expert Alterations and D.C.-based shoegaze quartet the Rememberables open the show. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Get mellow with alt-folk mainstays Old Crow Medicine Show, who share the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion with country music legend Willie Nelson. 8 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45–$75.

Celebrations of the Grateful Dead‘s 50th anniversary continue, this time at the Howard Theatre, where Jazz Is Dead members Alphonso Johnson, Jeff Pevar, Tom Constanten, Rod Morgenstein, and Chris Smith perform. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $30–$65.

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