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An American Conversation:Harvard professor and author Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses African American genealogy, and how it ties into his book, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past. There will be a book signing following the conversation. Free at 7 p.m. William G. McGowan Theatre. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and 7th St., Washington, D.C.

Topaz: 12 local stand-up comics perform 3 to 10 minutes stand-up routines, all for free. There's also a $25 cash prize for the best "non-comedian" joke, following the show. 8 - 10 p.m. Topaz Hotel Bar (take the elevator down to the "B" level). 1733 N St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-393-3000.

Children of Latinia: This performance project focuses on the realities of hybrid Americans that consider themselves “Latinos,” or children born to at least one Latino parent in the U.S. Written and performed by Quique Aviles and directed by B. Stanley, the project involved numerous conversations and interviews. D.C. Arts Center. 2438 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Call 202-462-7833 for reservations.

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