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Folk-rock musician William Fitzsimmons at Sixth & I, Rumors’ Bourbon Street Bash, and Japanese movement duo Eiko and Koma at the University of Maryland. By Samantha Miller

Folk-rock singer William Fitzsimmons. Photograph courtesy of the artist’s Facebook page.

Monday, February 20

BOOKS: Sticky Fingers founder Doron Petersan will sign copies of her new book, Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes, at the U Street Busboys and Poets. Petersan recently won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars All-Stars with her animal-product-free treats. Free. 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, February 21

MARDI GRAS: Rumors’ 11th annual Bourbon Street Bash returns with drink specials, New Orleans–inspired food, a live performance by Lethal Peanut, dancing, a wing-eating contest, and beads galore. Drink specials include $2 Coors Light, $3 Blue Moon, $4 Bacardi drinks, and $5 Bacardi Hurricanes. 4 PM to close.

Wednesday, February 22

DANCE: Japanese movement duo Eiko and Koma join the Kronos Quartet at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The performance, titled Fragile, is modeled after a museum installation, where dancers and musicians draw inspiration from one another’s works. Free; for mature audiences only. 5 PM.

Thursday, February 23

MUSIC: Folk-rock musician William Fitzsimmons performs at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. His captivating songs have been featured in Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Army Wives. Tickets can be purchased online for $20 or at the door for $23. 8 PM.

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Comedian Jason Weems at DC Improv, Disney sensations Allstar Weekend at the Fillmore, and Bar Pilar’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. By Samantha Miller

Comedian Jason Weems. Photograph courtesy of Weems’s website.

Tuesday, February 14

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Washington Valentine's Day Guide

KID-FRIENDLY: Pop-rock band Allstar Weekend are dropping by the Fillmore. The group gained popularity after competing on Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing. You can listen to some of their songs here. Tickets ($18) can be purchased through Live Nation. 6:40 PM.

COMEDY: Funny man Jason Weems brings his standup act to DC Improv. The Baltimore native has appeared on Comedy Central’s Last Comic Standing and at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. Tickets ($15) can be purchased through the club’s website. 8 PM.

DRINKS: During Bar Pilar’s second annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, sorrowful singles can devour $7 desserts and $10 bitter cocktails—like the cheekily named Tuff Love, Cheap Date, or Cupid’s Broken Arrow.

MUSIC: Morrissey tribute bands Speedway Operator and Spineless Swine perform at Jammin Java. Tickets can be purchased online for $10 or at the door for $13. 8 PM.

DANCE: Head to the Black Cat for bartender Chad America’s 13th annual Valentine’s Day Rock and Roll dance party. Free. Doors open at 8 PM.

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The music venue hosts a group of 90-year-olds for a Valentine’s Day dance that proves love is timeless. By Tanya Pai

Photograph by Pat Ryan.

De Beers might say diamonds are forever, but love itself is just as ageless. To celebrate that idea, the Fillmore Silver Spring yesterday hosted a Valentine’s Day dance for 90-year-old community members from the campus of Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, Maryland. More than 100 people attended the event—90 percent of them women—and hit the dance floor to the tunes of live swing and jazz band Night and Day.

“One woman said this was the first time she had danced since her husband passed away two years ago,” says one of the event’s organizers, Anne Schroeder Mullins. The Fillmore plans to make the dance an annual occurrence.

Check out the slideshow for pictures of the event.

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Woo at the Zoo, the opening of “Genesis Robot” at Synetic Theater, and the Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival. By Samantha Miller

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Brian Ganz come to Washington this weekend. Photograph of Salerno-Sonnenberg by Christian Steiner; photograph of Ganz courtesy of the artist’s website.

Be sure to check out our Valentine's Day guides for couples and singles. Some events start this weekend.

Thursday, February 9

MUSIC: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. The concert will feature Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 7 PM. The show runs through February 11.

FILM: The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts a free screening of Modern Times in the Kogod Courtyard. In the 1936 comedy, Charlie Chaplin falls in love with an orphan girl. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Courtyard Cafe. 7 to 8:30 PM.

THEATER: Synetic Theater’s new work, Genesis Reboot, opens tonight. Written and directed by Ben Cunis, the show takes a fresh look at the creation story. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for this performance only through the box office; regular-price tickets ($45 to $55) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 8 PM. The show runs though March 4.

Catch a preview of WSC Avant Bard’s Les Justes tonight at the Artisphere. Based on true events, the 1950 drama follows a group of Russian revolutionaries. Tickets for tonight’s performance are pay what you can; tickets for future showings ($25 to $35) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 7:30 PM. The play runs through March 11.

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center, pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare at Strathmore, and “Un-American” at Signature Theatre. By Samantha Miller

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Kirven James Boyd and Linda Celeste Sims. Photographs by Andrew Eccles.

Monday, February 6

THEATER: Signature in Schools presents Un-American at Signature Theatre. In this limited engagement starring Arlington students, two rival high schools face off in a local TV game show. If you can’t make this performance, there’s another one on February 10. Free. 7:30 PM.

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The American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center, a French wine tasting at Agora, and R&B singer Marc Broussard at the Birchmere. By Samantha Miller

The American Ballet Theatre performs a scene from Thirteen Diversions. Photograph by Rosalie O’Conner.

Tuesday, January 31

BALLET: The American Ballet Theatre brings La Bayadére to the Kennedy Center. Tonight’s mixed repertory program features scenes from Black Tuesday, Manon, Don Quixote, and Thirteen Diversons. Tickets ($25 to $99) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 7:30 PM. The show runs through February 5.

WINE: Agora is hosting a French wine tasting tonight. Guests can sample a variety of wines from the Southwest region, including Domaine Laplace’s “Autour du Fruit” Madiran 2009 and “Les Sarments Rouge” Madiran 2008. Each tasting will be paired with a selection of canapés by executive chef Ghassan Jarrouj. Reservations ($30) can be made by calling 202-332-6767. 6 to 7:30 PM.

BOOKS: Historian Douglas Brinkley signs copies of his new book, The Quiet World, at the Barnes and Noble in downtown DC. The renowned author is also a Vanity Fair contributing editor and a history commentator for CBS News. Free. 6:30 PM.

MUSIC: R&B singer Marc Broussard performs at the Birchmere tonight. “His music radiates soulful Louisiana blues, but his songs blend those influences with raucous rock ’n’ roll to create unique and infectious music,” says NPR. You can listen to some of his songs here. Tickets ($35) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 7:30 PM.

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“Josephine Tonight!” opens at MetroStage, the 16th annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge, and Chinatown’s annual Chinese New Year parade. By Samantha Miller

Adam Green and Euan Morton star in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s staging of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Thursday, January 26

ART: Art Soiree hosts Apocalyptoon 2012’s opening reception at the Artisphere. The pop-up exhibit will feature works from the country’s top cartoonists, including the Washington Post’s Tom Toles, the Economist’s Kal, and MSNBC’s Daryl Cagle. Guests can enjoy live music, complimentary snacks, and a cash bar. Tickets ($25) can be purchased through the Artisphere’s website. 6 PM. The exhibition runs through January 29.

THEATER: Don’t miss opening night of Josephine Tonight! at MetroStage. Directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, the musical follows Josephine Baker’s journey from small-town girl to French movie star. Tickets for tonight’s pay-what-you-can performance are available at the door; tickets for future performances ($45 to $50) can be purchased through Box Office Tickets. 8 PM. The play runs through March 18.

MUSIC: Clarinetist Jörg Widmann joins the National Symphony Orchestra in “Armonica.” The program will also feature works by Mozart and Schubert. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the Kennedy Center’s website. 7 PM. The show runs though January 29.

Jazz-funk artist Roy Ayers performs at Blues Alley tonight. The venerable musician has brought us hits including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” “Running Away,” and “We Live In Brooklyn, Baby.” Tickets ($40) can be purchased through the club’s website. 10 PM.

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Ladytron at U Street Music Hall, a free performance by Ballet Teatro Internacional at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and a wine dinner at Red Rocks in Columbia Heights. By Samantha Miller

Synth-pop group Ladytron. Photograph courtesy of the group’s Facebook page.

MUSIC: Mike Flaherty’s Dixieland Direct Jazz Band are giving a free performance at the Kennedy Center. The group fuses traditional New Orleans Dixieland music with swing and blues. You can listen to some of their songs here. 6 PM.

Synth-pop band Ladytron are dropping by U Street Music Hall tonight. The European imports’ “shadowy sound has been compared to that of electroclash groups like Fischerspooner and to the darker work of New Order,” says NPR. Ladytron will be joined by deejays Reuben Wu, Shea Van Horn, and Cale. Tickets ($5; free for 21 and up) can be purchased at the door. 9 PM.

BALLET: Washington’s own Ballet Teatro Internacional presents a free lunchtime performance at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. The show will feature classic and contemporary ballet. Free. Noon.

WINE: Red Rocks in Columbia Heights is whipping up a five-course wine dinner. The spread includes passed appetizers, wild boar meatballs, antipasto, pizza, and poached pears. Each course will be paired with a wine from Siema Wines. Reservations ($50) can be made by calling 202-506-1402. 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

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Violinist Joshua Bell at the Kennedy Center, opening night of “The Gaming Table” at Folger Theatre, and the Mark Morris Dance Group performing “L’Allegro.” By Samantha Miller

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs L’Allegro. Photograph by Elaine Mayson Photography.

Monday, January 23

MUSIC: Violinist Joshua Bell joins pianist Sam Haywood at the Kennedy Center. “The only criticism that comes to mind about [Bell’s] performances is that they are sometimes too beautiful,” says writer Charles T. Downey. Tonight’s concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, and Gershwin. Tickets ($45 to $115) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 8 PM.

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the McLean Community Center, electronica duo Screen Vinal Image at the Black Cat, and “Trippin’ On E!” at the Riot Act. By Samantha Miller

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Gaîté Parisienne. Photograph courtesy of the ballet company’s website.

BALLET: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo perform at the McLean Community Center tonight. The all-male dance company pokes fun at classical ballet with surprisingly graceful technique. You can watch one of the troupe’s performances here. Tickets ($45) can be purchased through the event’s website. 8 PM. The show runs through January 19.

MUSIC: Electronica duo Screen Vinal Image are bringing their psychedelic sounds to the Black Cat. The Arlington natives released their new album, Strange Behavior, earlier this month. Tickets ($10) can be purchased through the club’s website. Doors open at 8 PM.

Kompa band Rafrechi are giving a free performance at the Kennedy Center. Led by Pierre “Kiki” Jodnerson, the Haitian-born group fuses hip-hop, R&B, and soul. 6 PM.

COMEDY: During “Trippin’ On E!” at the Riot Act, audience members can experience music, poetry, sketch, and standup all in one show. The lineup includes comedians Lamont KingEddie BryantRay Lipowski, and lyric poet Reesa Renee. Tickets ($20) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 7:30 PM.

THEATER: If you haven’t already, head to Theater J for a showing of The Religion Thing. The story follows a Washington couple’s attempt to balance religion, faith, and relationship woes. “For a play that could get so tangled up in sweeping universal questions of modern humanity, the often laugh-out-loud action feels present and personal,” says writer Gwendolyn Purdom. Read the full review here. Tickets ($25 to $60) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 7:30 PM. The play runs through January 29.

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