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Retelling the work of the Bard without words might seem pointless, but it turns out that the story of a couple of impulsive kids from feuding families translates well to the expressive motion of dramatized ballet. In this take on Romeo and Juliet, the American Ballet Theatre’s corps of dancers spins on stage while the Wolf Trap Orchestra accompanies them with Sergei Prokofiev’s monumental 1935 score. Many choreographers have taken the Prokofiev music out for a spin; among them, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s footwork remains the iconic version, as part of a grandiose staging that emphasizes the social strictures conspiring to keep the lovers apart. Read more >>> American Ballet Theatre performs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $20–$95. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Emily Walz)
If you can pull a Ferris Bueller for a bit today, swing by Le Diplomate for Bastille Day festivities kicking off today at 11 a.m. There, you’ll find a pétanque court, live accordion music, mimes, cocktails starring French spirits, and more. They’ll serve food throughout the day off the regular menu, plus some specials. If you own a beret, now’s the time to wear it.Le Diplomate, 1601 14th St. NW. (202) 332-3333. lediplomatedc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Hear the haunting theme from House of Cards live at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall when the NSO Pops perform selections from the score and the show’s creators and cast members discuss its use of music. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $19–$64.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the birthday of artist Nam June Paik with cake and a presentation of “the willful marionette,” a 3-D-printed puppet created by Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault that responds to human movements and expressions. 5:30 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Cincinnati-based rock quintet Wussy performs at the Black Cat Backstage with opening act Dot Dash. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
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