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Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises is populated with the writer’s most colorful cast of characters. There’s the grizzled journalist Jake Barnes and all his ex-pat pals, and, of course, the glamorous, carefree divorcee Lady Brett Ashley. All will be on their feet when The Washington Ballet premieres Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises. To recreate these characters—using movement, costumes, and music rather than words—choreographer Septime Webre is not only relying on his dancers, but a network of Washington arts professionals. Local playwright Karen Zacarias helped develop the libretto and NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro will both portray a Parisian crooner. Read more >>> The ballet runs May 8 to May 12 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $22–$65. (202) 467-4600. washingtonballet.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
When Sweetgreen opens its newest location at 14th and W streets NW today, you can pay whatever you want for your salad and froyo. $1? $15? You decide. Keep in mind: proceeds for the promotion will benefit Sweetgreen in School, a collaboration with D.C. Farm to School that teaches students about the importance of nutrition and local foods. The 60-seat location (with 20-seat patio) is Sweetgreen’s largest yet. It will also have a Sweetpress window to sell its organic cold-press juices. Sweetgreen, 1325 W St. NW. (202) 506-2956. sweetgreen.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
British literary magazine Granta presents its fourth list of the best young British novelists and celebrates with a reading at Politics & Prose. Featured writers Ned Beauman, Sarah Hall, Benjamin Markovits, and Adam Thirlwell will discuss their work. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Tap dancing and slide guitar-playing indie band He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister performs at the Black Cat Backstage tonight with the Kopecky Family Band and Beach Day. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $13.
Want to make tonight’s bike ride more exciting? Put on all your reflective gear and join D.C. Bike Party‘s Robot Ride, which will celebrate the release of Daft Punk’s newest album. More details are available on Facebook. 7:30 p.m. outside the Dupont Circle Metro. Free.
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