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You may not have seen the classic musical “Cabaret,” but you’ve surely heard Liza Minnelli’s version of the title song. The show, whose 1993 Broadway revival starring Natasha Richardson won four Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical, takes place in the seedy nightlife scene of 1931 Berlin, when Adolf Hitler was beginning his rise to power. The story centers on Sally Bowles, a 19-year-old cabaret performer at the Kit Kat Klub, and life in rapidly changing Germany. On Saturday, come to the cabaret and see the Keegan Theatre perform this exciting show featuring the title song as well as other familiar tunes like “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Maybe This Time.” The company, which has been performing at Dupont Circle’s Church Street Theater since 1996, has received two Helen Hayes Awards and brings classic American theater on tour to Ireland every year.

Through Feb. 23 at the Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 703/892-0202. Web:


Shen Yun 2013: Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization

In 2006, a group of Chinese performers founded Shen Yun, a company devoted to reviving through music and dance an ancient Chinese culture they believe the Chinese Communist Party had destroyed. These performers had a little problem, however. They practiced Falun Gong, an ancient Chinese spiritual tradition based on Buddhist and Taoist teachings emphasizing morality, meditation and exercise. The Falun Gong movement rose to prominence in the 1990s, with tens of millions of followers by 1999, according to some estimates. Of course, the Chinese government began to worry that the movement could threaten its rule, and thus began persecuting its followers. Today, Shen Yun, which means “the beauty of diving begins dancing,” is headquartered in New York and boasts more than 200 performers in three companies that tour the world. On Tuesday, Shen Yun will come to the Kennedy Center to perform a new show for 2013, which tells the stories of ancient Chinese legends and, of course, Falun Gong in a performance that is by all accounts breathtaking.

Through Feb. 3 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. 800/444-1324. Web: