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Artistic Director Robert Battle has had five seasons to leave his mark on the performers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Although previous productions leaned traditional and slightly slow, the new works Battle’s company takes on this year meld physical experimentation with contemporary themes. In Rennie Harris’ “Exodus,” the choreographer expresses discontent with contemporary politics and taps into the “Black Lives Matter” movement by combining house and gospel music with spoken word sections. When the troupe arrives at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Battle will show it at its best. Read more >>> Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Feb. 2 to Feb. 7 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$199. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jordan-Marie Smith)

EAT THIS

The owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar opened Hank’s Pasta Bar in Alexandria yesterday. The menu features 15 types of pasta, all of which are homemade except for the gluten-free fusilli. If you can’t decide between the linguini with white clam sauce and the papardelle al ragu, try a sampler of three to five pastas, which comes with an antipasti board. The Italian restaurant also offers a range of salads, fish, and meats. Read more on Young & HungryHank’s Pasta Bar, 600 Montgomery St., Alexandria. (571) 312-4117. hankspastabar.com. (Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Popular early ’90s hip-hop group Arrested Development continues to tour the nation and stops at the Howard Theatre tonight. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$60.

Comet Ping-Pong hosts a night of local rock, featuring Scanners, Hothead, The Meer, and More AM Than FM. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.

GALA Hispanic Theatre begins performances of its latest play, Señorita y Madame: The Secret War of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, a Spanish-language comedy about the conflict between two powerful women in the marketing and cosmetics worlds. 8 p.m. at 3333 14th St. NW. $38.

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