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The story sounds straight out of a Lifetime movie: A stunning young dancer—the muse of her partner and choreographer—is stricken by a grave illness and doesn’t know if she’ll ever walk again, let alone dance. To do so, she must overcome all odds. And of course, the woman in question is gorgeous. So go see Afternoon of the Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq. This new documentary about a 27-year-old ballerina who was paralyzed by polio in 1956 is an unsentimental gut punch that contrasts the constricting grip of the iron lung with free-floating footage of Le Clercq’s dancing, presenting her as a modern American ballerina, equally comfortable when dressed as a fairy princess or performing abstract works in a leotard. Read more >>> The film shows at 7 p.m. at the National Archives’ McGowan Theater, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. archives.gov. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Whiskey lovers can head to Roofers Union from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight for a “Women & Whisky” tasting of Catoctin Creek whiskies paired with bites from chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. Booze for Babes author Kalyleigh Kulp will discuss the differences between the whiskies and discuss whiskey’s masculine reputation. After the tasting, there will be a Q&A with Catoctin Creek’s Becky Harris, Meek-Bradley, and Kulp. Tickets cost $45 and include a signed copy of the book. Men are welcome too. Roofers Union, 2446 18th St. NW. (202) 232-7663. boozeforbabes.com/whiskywomen. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
California rock bands Crocodiles and SISU perform at Comet Ping Pong with bluesy D.C. rockers Shark Week. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Cult-ish pop vocal group the Polyphonic Spree infiltrate the Black Cat tonight. Baltimore-based chamber folk group Soft Cat opens the show. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $25.
Visit the Goethe-Institut to see “ApocalyptiCAT,” an exhibition of allegorical woodcuts by German artist Franca Bartholomäi. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 812 7th St. NW. Free.
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