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Serge Diaghilev is the most influential 20th century cultural figure whose name you may not know. You do, however, know his work. Diaghilev ran Ballets Russes, the famed troupe that scandalized and thrilled Europe with ballets like The Rite of Spring, Petrushka, and Sheherazade. But while ballet was Diaghilev’s business, his legacy also looms large in art and music. The National Gallery of Art celebrates that legacy with an exhibition featuring roughly 135 Ballets Russes costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. By commissioning art and music from the most groundbreaking artists and composers of the day, Diaghilev basically curated the 20th century avant garde. Read more >>> The exhibit is on view Mondays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Sept. 2 at the National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Get a sneak peek of Mike Isabella’s soon-to-open sandwich shop G this week. The restaurant, coming to 14th and W streets NW this summer, is popping up at Graffiato today through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will serve $10 sandwiches like chicken parmesean and roast suckling sub as well as some vegetable dishes and salads. Zeppoli are available for dessert. No reservations needed. All items will be available for carryout, too. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. graffiatodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
World traveler, TV host, and eater of weird things Anthony Bourdain discusses his life and adventures at Constitution Hall. 7:30 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $45–$65.
Satanic rockers Ghost B.C. perform at 9:30 Club with California metal band Ides of Gemini. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.
Bobby McFerrin and his band present “spirityouall” perform a program of new takes on American spirituals. 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$65.
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