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The art of ballet extends beyond The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and the countless films dealing in eating disorders and jacked-up feet cliches, and the Kennedy Center is determined to make audiences understand that. For its Ballet Across America series, the performing arts center has asked two of the nation’s finest dancers—New York City Ballet soloist and choreographer Justin Peck and American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland—to curate evening-length performances highlighting dance companies from coast to coast. If you thought ballet was all about dancing candy and fairy tales, these companies are ready to prove you wrong. Read more >>> The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $29–$149. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

The Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Drive Thru is now open. This afternoon, try the fried chicken club topped with Benton’s bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber ranch dressing ($7.27). Pair it with a strawberry “Cult Shake” made with Milk Cult ice cream ($5.45). Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., 2301 Bladensburg Road NE. masondixiebiscuits.com. (Laura Hayes) 

OH AND ALSO

Experimental Norwegian songwriter and guitarist Sondre Lerche brings his world tour to U Street Music Hall, where he’s joined by opening act Dedekind Cut. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.

Poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield reads from and discusses her work at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre as part of the Folger Poetry Board Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.

If local rock is what you’re craving, head to DC9, where Hemlines performs with Hiccup and Chill Parents. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.

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