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What to Do This Week: April 29 to May 2

A James Brown tribute night and DC Lit at U Street Music Hall.

Celebrate James Brown's birthday on Thursday. Photograph by miqu77 /

Monday, April 29

LITERATURE: U Street Music Hall hosts DC Lit, a night featuring five local publishers and a bunch of readers, including Sean Carman, whose work has been featured on NPR and in McSweeney’s. New magazines, zines, and books will be available for sale, and there will be a bunch of door prizes and lots of music. Free. 7 PM.

Tuesday, April 30

POOL: Hope the rain holds off and head to Twilight Tuesdays at the brand new Penthouse Pool Club. As its name might imply, the spot has a heated rooftop pool, a full bar, various cabanas to keep you out of the sun if you’re getting burnt, and deejays all night. Free with RSVP or $15 at the door. 8 PM.

Wednesday, May 1

THEATER: Taffety Punk’s one-man adaptation of Gustav Meyrink’s The Golem hits the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Wednesday. Daniel Flint plays the aforementioned Golem, a jeweler who becomes afflicted with amnesia and enters into a crazy dreamworld as he explores his dark past. The score is “cyberpunk electronica,” so you can expect a wild ride. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM.

Thursday, May 2

DANCE: The king of funk, James Brown, would have turned 80 Friday—to celebrate, Tropicalia hosts a tribute night. From 9 on, three deejays will spin tracks to make sure you feel good. So good. $5. 8 PM.

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