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Who could forget the expressive, kohl-rimmed eyes of a loincloth-clad Magic Johnson, the hijinks of Eddie Murphy’s wacky Pharaoh, or the King of Pop moonwalking himself into a pile of gold dust? Michael Jackson’s Egyptian-themed video for “Remember the Time” is an MTV classic, but Wacko Jacko’s cultural interpretation is loose at best. The dance sequence alone—all bare skin, stiff-arm styling, and suggestive waist-winding—should have been enough to cause King Tut to turn in his tomb. The Bethesda-based Silk Road Dance Company, led by artistic director Laurel Victoria Gray, shuns such stereotypes. In “Egypta: Myth, Magic, and Mystery,” the company offers a depiction of Egyptian dance not usually found on TV or in film. Gray bases choreography on “snapshots” of Egyptian life taken from tomb paintings—transporting viewers back in time without relying on gaudy costumes or celebrity cameos. The troupe shows how Egyptian dancers can be funky, without doing the monkey, at 6 p.m. tonight, and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Grand Foyer. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)