The Gravity Bar scene from "Baby Universe (A Puppet Odyssey)," presented by Wakka Wakka. This photo is of the puppet Baby Universe (center, black with white spots, which are stars), from left to right: Mars (red); Earth (blue); Mercury (orange, above the Earth); Venus (yellow with cigarette); Meteorite (with spikes); Jupiter (yellow with blue eyes); and Neptune (green). (The puppeteers wear gas masks.) "Baby Universe" is written and directed by Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock, featuring over 30 expressive hand-and-rod puppets created by Mr. Waage. The production is being presented at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington (enter on 25th Street just east of Lexington). Performances run from December 1, 2010 through January 8, 2011. The five puppeteers are: Melissa Creighton, Andrew Manjuck, Peter Russo, Kirjan Waage, and Gwendolyn Warnock. Photo by: Jim Baldassare. Press contact: Jim Baldassare, jbpressrep@aol.com, 212-362-3346.

If you don’t regularly spend time with humans under the age of 10, the last time you watched puppetry might have more than a decade ago. Studio Theatre toys with the form in Wakka Wakka Production’s magical, bizarre Baby Universe. As civilization lies on its deathbed, the puppet planets have abandoned hope. Now, a government program attempts to create an infant universe: a planet, nursed by an aging spinster, that can support a new population. Read more >>> The production runs June 26 to July 14 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St., NW. $39. (202) 332-3300. studiotheatre.org. (Cara Newlon)

EAT THIS

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is hosting a month-long pie sale. Get a Fourth of July pie to go and eat it in front of the fireworks. Pies ($25–$30) include flavors like key lime, strawberry rhubarb, peach crisp, and Brazos River Bottom pecan pie with Texan pecans and rum and bourbon-infused custard. Call the restaurant at (202) 319-1612 at least 48 hours in advance to get one. Chef Carri-Anne Hamer is also making blueberry handpies as part of her special fried chicken dinner buckets, sold from July 4 through July 6. The $30 deal includes six dark meat pieces of fried chicken, corn muffins, spicy slaw, bacon braised greens, two blueberry handpies, a tablecloth, and utensils. (Guests must order by phone 24 hours in advance.) Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, 1612 14th St. NW. (202) 319-1612. pearldivedc.com. (Cara Newlon)

OH AND ALSO

Washington Women in Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a collection of new works by local women. Things kick off tonight with a double-header of Ayoka Chenzira‘s Funnel Cake Flowers & The Urban Chameleons, a live-action autobiography, and Linda Sherbert‘s Showhouse, about an interior designer who aspires to create the perfect space while working with her ex-husband and his new mistress. 8 p.m. at the Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $10–$12.

Enjoy a night of local music at Velvet Lounge, with performances by Molly Hagen, Parker Smith and the Bandwith, Y Wonder and the Wonder Whys, and The Unruly. 8 p.m. at  915 U St. NW. $8–$10.

Mix music genres tonight at Tropicalia; “Shrub” night promises a blend of rap, rock, and reggae. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $5.

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