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ARCH Development, the nonprofit dedicated to bringing an arts-based economy to Anacostia,  is hosting a “social” at Honfleur Gallery that’s part party, part informational session, and part focus group. In theory, those unconvinced that arts spaces can attract more amenities will be won over by ARCH’s charm offense, and those who already cozy up with Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class will bring ideas for a better Anacostia. Read more >>> (Alex Baca)

The End of Summer Social begins at 6:30 p.m. at Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Free. archdevelopment.org. (202) 889-5000.


Riled up by the first lady’s speech last night? Head to Occidental Grill & Seafood. Now through the election, the restaurant is offering every diner complimentary cookies from recipes that Michelle Obama and Ann Romney submitted to Family Circle magazine. Obama’s cookies are made with white chocolate, milk chocolate, and mint chocolate chips. Romney’s is an oatmeal cookie with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and M&M’s. Occidental Grill & Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (202) 783-1475. occidentaldc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Remember that New York Times Magazine feature about how kids could do better in school if they were assessed based on their character and “grit”? Remember how it ignited the education world for a little while there? Yes? (No?) Well, the author of that piece, Paul Tough, has published a book about it called How Children Succeed. He discusses it tonight at Politics & Prose. Bring a teacher friend and settle in—-it could be an enlightening (and/or heated) conversation. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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