The National Ballet of China—which performs under the somewhat strange motto “United, Pragmatic, Independent, and Enterprising”—has gone full circle and then some since its early days of Soviet tutelage and inaugural Swan Lake performance in 1959. By the 1960s (post-Sino-Soviet split and mid-Cultural Revolution), art forms like ballet were under suspicion as bourgeois, Western-influenced activities. Far from that harsh decade, the National Ballet’s new works are still a piece of a national project—the “Chinese Dream” of a resurgent China. In the cultural realm, this means infusing classical ballet with “Chinese characteristics.” Read more >>> The National Ballet of China performs at 8:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $20–$65. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Emily Walz)
Celebrate Bastille Day at H Street NE French restaurant Le Grenier today. From 5 to 7 p.m., customers will receive free Kronenbourg beer and free baguettes. There’s will also be $3 pastis (an anise-flavored aperitif) and live music from singer/songwriter Kevin McWha Steele in French. Le Grenier, 502 H St. NW. (202) 544-4999. legrenierdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Joyful Puerto Rican funk quintet Cultura Profetica brings its worldly sound to the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $29.50–$35.
Over at the Pinch, enjoy music from both coasts. D.C.-based rockers Teen Mom and Swings are joined by Portland-based bands Lubec and Havania Whaal. 8:30 p.m. at 3548 14th St. NW. $7.
In a booking that perfectly pairs band and club name, indie pop act Sleepy Kitty takes the stage at the Black Cat with Br’er and Pleasures. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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