- - Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pick of the Pack

Ballet: ‘Dracula’

Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic novel “Dracula,” starring the famed nocturnal count from Transylvania, has inspired many adaptations in pop culture through the decades. From 1992’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” starring Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder, to this year’s animated flick “Hotel Transylvania” — not to mention the countless television shows, comic books and even a chocolate breakfast cereal — Count Dracula is one of the leading men of the horror genre. Starting Wednesday, feed your desire for more vampire drama at the opening of the Washington Ballet’s premiere of “Dracula,” which resurrects the horror and romance of the original novel. Choreographed by Michael Pink, the artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet Company, the ballet is pegged as a fresh interpretation of the classic story. With macabre choreography, sets and music, this version of “Dracula” is certain to make for a sophisticated Halloween.

Through Nov. 4 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW

Phone: 800/444-1324

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Web: kennedy-center.org

Concert: The Jacksons: The Unity Tour

If you don’t have weekend plans, don’t worry. It’s as easy as 1-2-3, or simple as do, re, mi. The Jacksons — as in, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito — will be in the District on Friday for their Unity Tour, the legendary musical family’s first tour since 1984. Sadly, the tour is missing a vital member: Michael, whose death in June 2009 shook the world. Three years later, the four remaining members of the original Jackson 5 — renamed the Jacksons in 1976 as Michael’s solo career took off — launched the Unity Tour, which has been traveling the world since the early summer. If they follow previous concerts’ set lists, the audience can expect renditions of some of the group’s biggest hits, including “ABC,” as well as a few of Michael Jackson’s solo numbers and tributes to their star brother. If the tour doesn’t heal the world, it at least will be a thrilling musical event.

Friday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW

Phone: 202/803-2899

Web: thehowardtheatre.com

Culture: Poems & Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

The horror genre today is fraught with guts and gore or, if you’re lucky, the unbelievably supernatural. This Halloween, forget the tired plots involving dim-witted college students getting chopped to pieces and return to the days of Edgar Allan Poe’s inventive storylines and suspense heightened by the rhythm of his words. This month, which marks the 163rd anniversary of his death, Poe’s works are worth revisiting by those in the mood to be truly terrified while enjoying their candy corn. Actors from the Georgetown Theatre Company will take the stage at Alexandria’s Athenaeum on Friday to read some of Poe’s creepiest stories and poems, including “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and, of course, “The Raven” (“Nevermore!”), featuring frightening murderers (and omniscient critters). Adding to the mood set by Poe’s unnerving words, the Athenaeum is rumored to be haunted.

Friday at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria, Va.

Phone: 703/548-0035

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