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Israel is a 20th-century country, and modern dance is a 20th-century art form. It’s no coincidence​, then,​ that the country and Batsheva, its unofficial national troupe, became global players together. Today the company is one of just a handful in the world that merits a booking in the Kennedy Center’s enormous Opera House as opposed to the center’s smaller venues. Choreographer Ohad Naharin has led Batsheva since 1990, and “Sadeh21,” his new work for the group’s 2014 world tour, proves the Israeli dancers’ continual relevance on world stages. Read more >>> Batsheva Dance Company performs Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$62. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org(Rebecca J. Ritzel)


D.C. Cocktail Week is here. Today through Nov. 23, more than 55 area restaurants and bars are offering special cocktail and food pairings as part of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington promotion. Barmini, for example, will offer a milk punch paired with a banana panini for $16, while Room 11 has a scotch, cider, and rosemary cocktail served with a chicken liver mousse for $13. Check out descriptions of all the pairings at ramw.org/dc-cocktail-week. Instagram a photo of your cocktail and paired bite from any of the participating establishments with the hashtag #dccocktailweek for the chance to win prizes. (Note: City Paper is a partner in the promotion.) (Jessica Sidman)


Washington Stage Guild begins its presentation of  Noel Coward‘s short plays with a free reading of two titles, Still Life and We Were Dancing, Hands Across the Sea. 7 p.m. at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free.

Canadian dance musician Jacques Greene performs at the Black Cat backstage with electronic duo Gorgeous Children. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.

Join Politics & Prose and the National Press Club for the 37th annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night, where readers can connect with the people behind their favorite titles and purchase a variety of books. 5:30 p.m. at 529 14th St. NW. $5–$10.

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