Poet and performer Rupi Kaur
Credit: Courtesy of IMP

Just like her blooming poetry collections on love, loss, recovery, and growth, Rupi Kaur’s career is also blossoming and unfurling. In the promotional images for the poet’s world tour, the artist wears a frothy cerulean gown, richly layered and architectural in its cascading swathes of dreamy blue fabric. It’s a slew of adjectives, all juicy and delicate—like glamorous, self-assured, timeless, feminine, resilient, and brave, to name a few—that could also be used to describe Kaur in all her talent, wisdom, and complexity. The performer, who is currently traveling the world captivating audiences from her native Canada, to Europe, to the U.S., will be making a pit stop here in the District for a night of entirely new spoken-word poetry centering on many of the themes that rest at the heart of Kaur’s work: friendship, community, mental health, and the art of living a life of reflection and growth. There will be music and laughter, tears and warmth; the evening promises to be just as immersive as it is intimate, a testament to Kaur’s enchanting vulnerability, so true it exists simultaneously personal and universal. The event starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Lincoln Theatre. $39–$99. thelincolndc.com.

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