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Given the surplus of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost texts on high school reading lists, you’d think that rural Massachusetts was the only important place in the history of American poetry. D.C. historians beg to differ. Celebrate this city’s poetic history at George Washington University’s Gelman Library tonight, where a variety of poetry advocates will speak and read from their work to commemorate the launch of the D.C. poetry Wiki, an online archive based at the library. Read more >>> The reading begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gelman Library at George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW. Free. (202) 994-0628. gwu.edu. (Caroline Jones)
El Centro D.F.‘s new Georgetown location will host free tequila and mezcal tastings tonight and Wednesdays throughout the fall. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the second floor bar, Bar Manager Joel Mann will lead the tastings along with representatives of the spirit suppliers. Tonight, try six tequilas from Milagro Tequila: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Select Barrel Reserve Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. El Centro D.F., 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 333-4100. elcentrodf.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Local indie rockers Ugly Purple Sweater perform at the Black Cat Backstage with noise-pop group Johnny Fantastic. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Competition-hungry and corruption-addled Washington, D.C., may be the perfect place for Lucas Hnath to premiere his new play, Red Speedo. The play investigates the larger cultural obsession with competition and corruption, but through the lens of the elite amateur sports world. The show opens tonight at Studio Theatre’s Studio Lab. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. $20. (Neda Semnani)
Sunwolf celebrates the release of its new EP, Angel Eyes, at Velvet Lounge with Schooner and Harness Flux. 9 p.m. at 915 U St. NW $8–$10.
Tropicalia welcomes Virginia producer and hip-hop artist Lakim for a performance. 8 p.m. at 2001 U St. NW. Free.
Comedian Huggy Lowdown, best known for his appearances on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, performs two stand-up shows at the Howard Theatre. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25.
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