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DOLLAR DOCUMENTARY

In this country, it's hard to make it through your day without spending several dollars. But four American college students living in Guatemala managed to live on less than one dollar a day for 56 days. As they tour across the U.S. in a retrofitted 1978 school bus, they will stop at Georgetown University showing their moving documentary "Into Poverty: Living on One Dollar." The film chronicles their intense journey -- what it was like living in a foreign country, their bout with E coli, and how they dealt with the financial stress.

Their experience led them to create the nonprofit organization Living On One, which equips young people with the tools to fight poverty and teaches them skills to discover new solutions.

Starting at 7 p.m. in the Gaston Theater (just off the circle on O Street NW near 37th Street), a Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow. For more information, go to livingonone.org.

LIGHTNING RHYMES

Get your shoulders popping and your feet moving to the fresh beats of Ghanaian-born rapper Blitz the Ambassador at the National Geographic Museum (17th and M streets NW). Lucky for us, he's stopping in the District on his nationwide tour to bring us a one-of-a-kind blend of Afrobeat and hip hop music. He is hailed as "the future of African music" by Rolling Stone Magazine and continues to defy the odds of hip hop with his most recent album "Native Sun."

The rapper, who's real name is Samuel Bazawule, was born in Accra, Ghana. He's performed with big-named rappers such as Rakim and has become notorious for his lightning fast rhymes. He's released three EP's and two albums.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Go to events.nationalgeographic.com and purchase your ticket for $20.

MEXICAN FOLK

Don't miss your chance to see Ballet Folklorico de Mexico at the Strathmore Music Center (5301 Tuckerman Lane, N. Bethesda). More than 50 folk dancers will take the stage and perform an impressive representation of Mexico's dance.

Amalia Hernandez's ballet is an internationally renowned dance company hailed as "a captivating spectacle" by the New York Times. With elaborate, colorful costumes and innovative dance formations, this dance company captures centuries of culture in each of their performances. It was founded in 1952 by Amalia Hernandez herself, who spent her life trying to preserve the dancing traditions of Mexico.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Go to strathmore.org to purchase your tickets.

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