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As the Washington Ballet winds down its first season under the leadership of artistic director Julie Kent, the company debuts its first new ballet of the season. They didn’t have to look far for a choreographer to create it. “Frontier” comes from Ethan Stiefel, Kent’s former colleague at the American Ballet Theatre and her co-star in the cult classic dance movie Center Stage. And Stiefel didn’t have to look far to find inspiration, either. The 29-minute piece draws inspiration from the words and work of John F. Kennedy, specifically a 1961 speech Kennedy gave about the space program and his dream of putting a man on the moon. Read more >>> The Washington Ballet performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$140. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)
Pig out at Doi Moi on Sunday. The 14th Street NW restaurant is hosting an all-you-can-eat pig roast starting at 2 p.m. Chef Austin Fausett from Proof will join Doi Moi Chef Sasha Felikson (who is also behind the Bird’s Eye sandwich pop-up) in the kitchen to prepare a feast with a heritage pig from Spring House Farm in Loudoun County. Since Doi Moi serves up Southeast Asian flavors, the sides will include papaya salad, chilled mango soup shooters, and more. Drinks include unlimited draft beer, house-made radlers, and wine. Tickets are $55 for adults, $25 for children, and the party goes until 8 p.m. Doi Moi, 1800 14th St. NW, (202) 733-5131, doimoidc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald performs her acclaimed cabaret show at the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $45–$105.
Friday: Exceedingly popular EDM duo The Chainsmokersaim to get everyone in the audience moving when they perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion. 7 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $61–$100.
Saturday: The West Coast Get Down is to modern jazz what Monty Python was to comedy in the 1960s and ’70s. Its members are revolutionaries that seek radical reform from within rather than the toppling of traditions and conventions. On this tour, upright bassist/singer Miles Mosley and pianist Cameron Graves trade off leading a condensed, five-piece version that lacks none of the full group’s raw musical power. Read more >>> The West Coast Get Down performs with Miles Mosley at 7 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$18. (202) 450- 2917. songbyrddc.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Saturday: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues performances of Hir, Taylor Mac‘s black comedy about a veteran who returns home from war to find his mother raging against the patriarchy and his sister subverting gender stereotypes. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $35–$74.
Saturday: Arlie, a Nashville-based pop rock trio with roots in D.C., returns to the District for a show at DC9 featuring opening acts HyeTension and Ross Nicol. 6:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Sunday: When John F. Kennedy was president, a Washington D.C. jazz ensemble named itself the JFK Quintet because of its dedication to pursuing “new frontiers.” The Kennedy Center continues its celebration of its namesake’s 100th birthday this week by bringing in another musician, this one from New York by way of Philadelphia, with a passion for new frontiers. George Burton is a pianist with a luminous sound and a fully formed vision. Read more >>> George Burton performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Michael J. West)
Sunday: To check out another example of work by German artist Markus Lüpertz, head to the Phillips Collection, which hosts a retrospective of his work that coincides with the Hirshhorn’s Threads of History exhibition. Noon at 1600 21st St. NW. $10–$12.
Sunday: Start Memorial Day with a selection of America’s finest D-Listers, from Criminal Minds actor Joe Mantegna to forgotten rock band Five for Fighting, at the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 8 p.m. at East Capitol Street NE and First Street SE. Free.
Monday: While they likely didn’t anticipate how dreary life would seem when they scheduled an exhibition of work by Donald Sultan entitled The Disaster Paintings, curators at the Smithsonian American Art Museum have a very timely new show on their hands. Sultan works as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor, and the displayed works, created between 1984 and 1990, combine elements of all three mediums. He incorporates stiff , industrial materials like tiles and tar to create scenes of fires, vehicle accidents, and toxic waste, giving a traditionally two dimensional piece of art some texture and grit. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to Sept. 7, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Monday: Close out the weekend at Black Cat, where participants in the We Rock! DC camp show off their skills at an end-of-program showcase. 7 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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