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(Jan. 21-23) AMERICAN BALLET'S BRIGHT STREAM The American Ballet Theatre premieres The Bright Stream Friday night at The Kennedy Center as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of The Presidency of John F Kennedy. Set to the music of Shostakovich, the ballet portrays a group of Russian farmers and their humorous interactions with visiting performers during the harvest. The Theatre's esteemed Artist in Residence, Alexei Ratmansky, brings the production straight from the Bolshoi, where it has only been performed a handful of times since being banned in 1935.

(Jan. 21-Feb. 13) THE CARPETBAGGER'S CHILDREN For more pastoral humor Ford's Theatre has The Carpetbagger's Children Friday night through mid-February. Playwright Horton Foote's humorous and poignant vignettes follow a family through small-town secrets and private tragedies in post-reconstruction Texas.

(Jan. 22) PERÚ NEGRO Afro-Peruvian song and dance troupe Perú Negro returns to George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax Saturday night. The ensemble explores its own folkloric ancestry with the help of Eva Allyón, who's comfortable being known as Peru's Tina Turner.

Music: "Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5" by Russian National Orchestra

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