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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 4

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Amaluna is the first Cirque du Soleil production to feature a cast that's 70 percent female.
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Amaluna is the first Cirque du Soleil production to feature a cast that's 70 percent female.

August 4-17: Stupid F#cking Bird

If you missed last year’s Helen Hayes Award-winning production of Stupid F#cking Bird, or want to see it again, you’ve got a second chance to see Aaron Posner’s irreverent, contemporary take on Chekhov’s The Seagull. The original cast and creative team are reunited at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where the show will be on stage through August 17. The performance includes gun shots, brief nudity and profanity.

August 4-Sept. 21: Amaluna

Cirque du Soleil returns to the D.C. area with Amaluna, a love story set on a magical island governed by goddesses. A colorful set, costumes and light displays help transform the stage into another world as performers dance, flip, juggle and more. An all-female band keeps the energy high in the French Canadian company’s latest touring display of the circus arts. You can see the show at National Harbor through September 21.

Music: “Myna Bird Blues” by George Benson Quartet

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