Inspired by Euripides’ The Trojan Women, a 4th-century B.C. account of the destruction of Troy, Theater Alliance’s Occupied Territories examines lives through and after war. Conceived, directed, and co-choreographed by local artist Mollye Maxner, who has previously presented work at the Source Festival and as a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center, this cerebral text is paired with a forceful staging. In the capable hands of Theater Alliance actors and crewmembers, the audience will be forced to consider the questions that come along with war long after the drama ends. Read more >>> The play runs June 10 to July 5 at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. $20–$35. (202) 241-2539. theateralliance.com. (Diana Metzger)
City Blossoms, a local nonprofit that teaches kids about the environment through community gardens, is hosting its Beetlejuice Black and White Ball tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Chez Le Commis chef Tom Madrecki and chef Jeremiah Langhorne of forthcoming Shaw restaurant the Dabney will be grilling up an entire spread for the fundraiser. Tickets are $20 and available here. The proceeds will help City Blossoms maintain over 20 gardens and provide activities for kids. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white plus a mask. In addition to food, there will be drinks, performances, and a raffle. Carlos Rosario International PCS, 11th and Girard streets NW. brownpapertickets.com/event/1443635. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Weird Al Yankovic continues to turn out parodies of pop songs with great aplomb. He brings them to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center tonight. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 8 p.m. at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$65.
Friday: Local space rock quartet the Beirds play two sets at Tropicalia. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $8.
Friday: Saxophonist Joshua Redman performs at the Hamilton with jazz groups the Bad Plus and Underwater Ghost as part of the DC Jazz Festival. Read more in our DC Jazz Festival guide. 8:30 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $48–$63.
Saturday: Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan took the dancer’s body as “simply the luminous manifestation of the soul,” a legacy carried forth in the Maryland-based Word Dance Theater’s upcoming show “Body | Soul.” Dedicated to Duncan’s legacy, Word Dance Theater performs Duncan’s historic choreography, carefully preserved in a lineage stemming from her original protégés, along with new Duncan-inspired work blending dance, theater, and music. In partnership with Glade Dance Collective, “Body | Soul” features a half-dozen original Duncan pieces along with new interdisciplinary collaborations. Read more >>> Word Dance Theater performs June 13 to 14 at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.org. (Emily Walz)
Saturday: Experimental music project Lost Civilizations performs with Oppo, Rosewall, and HYFY at O’Shaughnessy’s Pub in Alexandria. 8:30 p.m. at 1324 King St., Alexandria. Free.
Saturday: As part of its narrative film series, the National Gallery of Art screens Phantom Limb, Jay Rosenblatt‘s chronicle of his brother’s death. It’s followed by Barbara Hammer‘s A Horse Is Not a Metaphor. 2:30 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: You might expect only the most traditional performances to come out of London’s prestigious Royal Ballet. But in recent years, the Royal Ballet has reimagined the dance form by commissioning new works and broadcasting cinematic renditions of classics to audiences who might not normally venture to the Royal Opera House. Case in point: the version of Don Quixote the company’s brought to the Kennedy Center. When guest artist Carlos Acosta adapted the piece in 2013, he added some distinctly Spanish elements. Read more >>> The Royal Ballet performs June 9 to June 14 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $30–$155. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Anya van Wagtendonk)
Sunday: Close out the weekend at DC9 with performances by indie rock acts Trails and Ways and Waterstrider. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
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