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Most of the time, the second word in Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s name refers strictly to ethos: The troupe is all about doing things cheaply, inventively, and—when it comes to form and subject matter—bravely. But occasionally its productions are more literally punk, which might have something to do with the fact that company principal Marcus Kyd used to play in local post-punk outfit The Most Secret Method. In 2010, Taffety’s trippy, distressing suicide.chat.room featured a score by art-rockers Beauty Pill; last year, a program of dance was set to music by members of Soccer Team and The Better Automatic. The Russian writer Ivan Vyrypaev has described his play Oxygen as a “rap parable”—it centers on two actors and a DJ—but in Taffety’s hands it has soundtrack assistance from a number of bands that have graduated from D.C.’s post-punk orbit: The Caribbean, which makes skewed pop songs with a brainy, literary bent; Edie Sedgwick, Washington City Paper contributor Justin Moyer’s post-modern glam-punk outfit; The Gena Rowlands Band, a sort of post-post-punk all-star group; and more. Taffety Punk Theatre Company performs Oxygen at 8 p.m. Wednesdays–Fridays and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays to May 19 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. $10. taffetypunk.com. (202) 261-6612. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
For her award-winning documentary The Price Of Sex, photojournalist Mimi Chakarova gained incredible access to the world of underground sex trafficking, speaking to women who had been lured into the sex trade that crisscrosses Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Middle East, trapped in a cycle of exploitation. The Price of Sex shows for one night only at West End Cinema tonight. 7 p.m. at 2301 M St. NW.
Only three weeks after the close of its dazzling, sold-out run of ALICE (in wonderland), the Washington Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center tonight to debut Noche Latina—-what they’re calling a “sizzling celebration of Latin American music, dance, and culture.” The program includes two world premieres by Edward Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, not to mention the company’s premiere of Trey McIntyre’s “Like a Samba.” 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. To May 13. $20-$125.
Listen to early Bob Dylan and you hear the unmistakable nasal voice of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott—-the Jewish kid from Brooklyn who went on to become one of America’s finest folk preservationists. Now 80 years old, the New Yorker-turned-folkie has dozens of albums to his credit, and has influenced more than a few generation-defining musicians in his day. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $27.50.
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