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The Beat goes on. Poet Anne Waldman is expected to pack them in Friday and Saturday for her performance of Allen Ginsberg's seminal masterpiece, "Howl," at Busyboys and Poets in Penn Quarter. The 8 p.m. Saturday show is already sold out.
This is a celebration of the National Gallery of Art exhibit "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" now on display. It features dozens of intimate black and white photographs taken by Ginsberg of his posse of counter-culture poets and artists as they brought a new searing language of expression to post-war America.
"Howl" says it all. Waldman will give several performances this weekend at the Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets NW. She'll also perform some of her own works. She will be accomanied by a quartet of musicians led by Matthew Hemerlein. Musician Kyp Malone will be performing as well.
Get your tickets now, though, performances are selling out. Tickets are $10.
"Howl" needs to be shouted from the rooftops not meandered over by bored high school students bent over a desk and watching the clock.
You haven't heard "Howl" until you've HEARD "Howl."