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Some of the world’s best cultural ambassadors of contemporary dance are making their way back to D.C. The late African-American activist and choreographer Alvin Ailey birthed in the 1950s what would become a beacon of opportunity for black dancers from around the world in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Ailey’s most famous works were politically groundbreaking and displayed an artistic range that the dance world had never seen before. His masterpiece, “Revelations,” did just that as both a dance of reverence and journey of cultural heritage, a celebration of the deepest grief and holiest joy of the African-American experience through spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs, and blues. Among Ailey’s many accomplishments and accolades is a 1988 Kennedy Center Honor. His legacy, at least this week, lives on at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Read more>>> The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$175. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Mikala Williams)
Each month Shop Made in DC switches up its food vendors. Laoban Dumplings is popping up in February serving lunch and dinner. Try six dumplings for $8 or eight dumplings for $10. Rotating flavors include pork cilantro, Thai chicken, Xinjiang lamb, Lanzhou beef, bok choy and shiitake, and veggie and tofu. If you need to warm up from the cold, try the dumplings in soup form ($12 per bowl) or keep it fresh by ordering a dumpling-topped salad ($10). Shop Made in DC, 1330 19th St. NW, shopmadeindc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The Phillips Collection presents its exhibit Ten Americans: After Paul Klee, which showcases the large role the Swiss-born artist Paul Klee played in the development of mid-20th century American art. The exhibit features more than 60 visual art works from collections in the U.S. and Switzerland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12.
Ambient electronic musician Lauv performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.
Signature Theatre presents the premiere of folk-rock guitarist and vocalist Robbie Schaefer‘s musical Light Years, his deeply personal story centering on immigration, music, and his relationship with his father. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$65.
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