In the days before Baryshnikov and Balanchine, one man dominated 20th-century ballet: Vaslav Nijinsky, the star dancer of Ballet Russes, whose precise leaps and intense commitment to character set a high bar that still applies today. After Ballet Russe director Sergei Diaghilev dismissed him from Ballet Russes, Nijinsky had to set out on his own. The stress of managing his now-deteriorating career prompted his descent into mania; he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1917 and spent the rest of his life in and out of asylums. Slovenia’s Mladinsko Theatre imagines the famed dancer’s last days in Nijinsky’s Last Dance. Read more >>> The play runs Aug. 26 to 30 at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. $25. (202) 315-1305. culturaldc.org. (Caroline Jones)
Pizzeria Orso chef Will Artley and Del Campo chef Victor Albisu are teaming up to host “Battle of the Bulges,” a culinary competition/feast that will take place at Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The chefs will present five courses of dueling summer dishes, and guests will vote on their favorites from each round. Dinner costs $80 and includes tax, tip, and wine pairings. The losing chef at the end of the night will have to run a 5K race of the winner’s choosing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Purchase tickets here. Pizzeria Orso, 400 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. (703) 226-3406. pizzeriaorso.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Flying V Productions brings its original work, The Best of Craigslist, to the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. Read more about the show in our recent critic’s pick. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Americana musician Dave Hardin performs a standing-room only show at the Mansion on O Street. 6 p.m. at 2020 O St. NW. $10.
Here’s a fine way to top off a weekend of activism and remembrance: The National Archives screens The March, James Blue’s 1964 documentary about the March on Washington today, tomorrow, and Wednesday. Noon at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett didn’t get his way: Molotov, the Mexican band whose gig Leggett tried to persuade Live Nation to cancel, will perform as scheduled tonight at the Fillmore Silver Spring. LGBT activists, meanwhile, are gearing up to protest the band’s homophobic lyrics outside the venue. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $32.
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Due to an editing error, this post originally described the Mansion on O Street as “one of D.C.’s Mansion on O Street” and suggested readers “top of” their weekends instead of top off.