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The presidential inauguration has come and gone, but there’s always a place for a little pomp and circumstance in Washington. If you missed the inaugural parade featuring marching bands from across the country, the Washington Ballet’s newest performance will give you an opportunity to feel that patriotic pride. Founded in 1944 by pre-eminent ballet teacher Mary Day, the company will open its first tour-de-force showcase Thursday evening with an homage to America. The performance will include excerpts from classic ballets such as “Le Corsaire,” based on Lord Byron’s poem, and “Don Quixote,” based on Miguel de Cervantes’ novel. The highlight of the evening, however, will be “Stars and Stripes,” a uniquely American ballet originally choreographed by George Balanchine of the New York City Ballet and set to John Philip Sousa’s patriotic marches, such as “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Through Feb. 24 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202/547-1122. Web:


Washington, D.C. International Design Festival

Design is important to Washington, D.C. — the soaring dome of the Capitol, the geometry of the Mall, the important works found in the halls of the Smithsonian’s museums. If design intrigues you, head to Arlington’s Artisphere for the Washington, D.C. International Design Festival. The free, three-month event will explore the purpose of design and its impact on humans. The highlight of the festival is an exhibit called “The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century,” featuring 4,000 square feet filled with some 100 innovative objects from around the world. The festival opens Thursday evening with a reception, and will include a variety of free lectures, films and other programs through its duration. Through May 19 at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703/875-1100. Web: