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As a fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty goes back past Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, deep into the tangles of medieval European folklore. As a ballet, Sleeping Beauty goes back to 1890, to choreographer Marius Petipa, composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the Imperial theaters of St. Petersburg. To produce the American Ballet Theatre’s fourth and most recent restaging of this iconic story ballet, artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky delved into archives recording Petipa’s work, deciphering now-obsolete choreographic notation from the early 1900s. His result reproduces the style of the original era, with softer angles, complex footwork, and fuller costuming. Read more >>> American Ballet Theatre performs Jan. 27 to Jan. 31 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$299. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Emily Walz)
If you’re looking for a place to watch tonight’s Republican debate, head to Boqueria for its “Big Talk—Small Plates” viewing party. For $45 per person, attendees get unlimited draft beer and sangria plus dishes like lamb meatballs, fried baby squid, and much more. The menu is available 15 minutes prior to the event until the end. Seating is limited, so call for a reservation. If you miss this debate, Boqueria will offer the same promotion for viewing parties on Feb. 6, 11, and 26 and March 9 and 10. Boqueria 1837 M St. NW. (202) 558-9545. boquerianyc.com/boqueriadc/menu_debates.html. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Two decades into his career, hip-hop artist Slick Rick continues to present his energetic live shows at venues around the country. He plays the Howard Theatre tonight with opening act DJ Baronhawk. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $27.50–$62.50.
Country rock act The Josh Abbott Band performs at the 9:30 Club in support of its latest album, Front Row Seat, alongside Carly Pearce and The Sam Grow Band. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Celebrate Spenser Kydd‘s return to the stage at DC9, where his post-punk band, Social Station, performs with Time Is Fire. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
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