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Retiring from the New York City Ballet symbolically marks the end of a dancer’s career, and while most performers probably relish resting their joints and keeping their feet planted on the ground, many former NYCB performers remain professionally linked to the dance world. Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, performing this weekend at American Dance Institute, are two such artists. At ADT, the former partners collaborate once again, this time on choreographer David Neumann’s Hagoromo, Aadapted from a Japanese Noh drama about a poor fisherman and a fallen angel who connect on a stormy night. Read more >>> The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Dance Institute, 1570 East Jefferson St., Rockville, Md. $20–$30. (855) 263-2623. americandance.org.


Yeah, yeah, everyone freak out: Momofuku Milk Bar is now open in CityCenterDC. The New York transplant from chef Christina Tosi will offer an array of cookies, pies, cakes, and its famous cereal milk soft-serve. The Washington Post reports that while the bakery will sell its famous “crack pie” at the D.C. location, it won’t be named in honor of former Mayor Marion Barry. Milk Bar, 1090 I St. NW. milkbarstore.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Friday: Acclaimed actor Paterson Joseph brings his play Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, which tells the story of the first black Briton to vote in an election, to the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater for a two-night stand. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49.

Friday: Author Colum McCann, known for the novels Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, reads from his latest fiction collectionThirteen Ways of Looking, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Friday: D.C.-born comedian Jermaine Fowler has garnered nationwide attention and appeared on late-night programs but tonight, he returns to the city of his birth for a set at the Black Cat. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.

Friday: The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the opening of its latest exhibition, a collection of work by celebrated photographer Irving Penn, with a party featuring music by VÉRITÉ and DJ Ben Browning of Cut Copy, plus drink and snacks from a variety of local eateries. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. $60.

Saturday: There’s more to singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko than his breakout hit, “Stay,” a moody 2013 duet with Rihanna that immediately brought the vocalist born John Stephen Sudduth to the attention of casual music listeners. Since then, Ekko has refined his brand of radio-ready pop, releasing his debut album, Time, in January with an array of fresh material from the bubbly “Smile” to the breathy, stark piano ballad “Mourning Doves.” Read more >>> Mikky Ekko performs with Transviolet at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Tatiana Cirisano)

Saturday: Interact with local literature lovers and writers at the D.C. Author Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday at MLK Library downtown. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 10 a.m. at 901 G St. NW. Free.

Saturday: Begin your Halloween celebrations a week early with Raven’s Night, a supernatural belly dance performance taking place at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.

Saturday: Examine a variety of new paintings at Flashpoint Gallery when Erin Curtis‘ exhibition, “Diamond Blind,” goes on display. Noon at 916 G St. NW. Free.

Sunday: Restorations is at its best when it’s nerding out. On last year’s excellent LP3, the band embraced its nerdy musical obsessions—anthemic punk, mid-’90s emo, shoegazey electronics, and too many guitar solos—resulting in nine gut-punching sing-alongs that wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. But underneath Restorations’ layers of musicianship and noise, frontman Jon Loudoun is something of a spiritual troubadour, singing about anxiety, hardships of life, and an insatiable wanderlust as one grows older. Read more >>> Restorations perform with the Menzingers, Mewithoutyou, and Pianos Become the Teeth at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)

Sunday: As part of its film series honoring Polish director Wojciech Jerzy Has, the National Gallery of Art screens his 1973 film, The Hourglass Sanatorium. 4 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

Sunday: Close out the weekend at U Street Music Hall with a performance by country pop band Green River Ordinance. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $16.

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