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Sleeping Beauty, a quintessential classical ballet inspired by the timeless fairy tale of a true love's kiss and the triumph of good over evil, will run at the Kennedy Center through March 3. (Image: Dean Alexander)
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Out and About: 7 events to spice up your last days of February

Tuesday, February 26

'Finding Neverland' D.C. Premiere: This Broadway hit is a prequel of sorts to "Peter Pan" based on the Academy Award-winning 2004 Johnny Depp movie with the same name. The musical allows the audience to explore Peter's transformation to Pan, through the viewpoint of playwright J.M Barrie who is struggling to find inspiration for his story until he meets s four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. The boys' vivid imagination opens Barrie's eyes to a whole new world where anything is possible. "Finding Neverland" will run at National Theatre from February 26- March 3, 2019. Tickets start at $54.

Black Hockey History Tour: The Washington Capitals and Embassy of Canada will host the National Hockey League’s Black Hockey History Tour, a uniquely curated mobile museum, at the Embassy through February 27. The 525-square foot museum, presented by American Legacy, presents 200 years of black achievement in hockey. Exhibits feature the founders, trail blazers, history makers, and Stanley Cup champions and also look ahead to the next generation of young stars, NHL Officials, broadcasters, and women in the game. Free to attend.

Wednesday, February 27

Behind the Magic of "Sleeping Beauty": The Washington Ballet company dancers perform the first glimpse of The Sleeping Beauty staged by Julie Kent and Victor Barbee, and host a free one-hour class for children ages 6-12 years old. TWB senior dance faculty will teach the five positions for feet and arms in classical ballet, and the Puss and Boots pas de deux. Free.

The Big Apple Circus: The Circus has rolled into town and it's here to stay, with performances at the National Harbor through March 24. But before you get images of elephants and red-nosed clowns in your head, the Big Apple Circus is not the circus of yesteryear. Enjoy breathtaking acts like The Flying Tunizianis on the trapeze, the Spicy Circus trampoline act, and animal trainer Jenny Vidbel, who only works with rescue dogs and rescue horses -- no wild animals. This particular performance will feature Carla Hall as the celebrity guest ringmaster, and Carla will also be making a specialty cocktail whose proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen. Tickets start at $15.

Profs and Pints: Profs and Pints presents “The Emperors Had No Clothes,” a look at epic political satire in ancient Rome and India, with Shubha Pathak, historian of religions and associate professor of philosophy and religion at American University. Professor Pathak take the stage at La Pop cultural salon again to discuss the steamier and seamier sides of Greco-Roman and Indian mythology in a talk about the interconnections between politics and romance, sex, and art. Tickets are $12.

Thursday, February 28

The Washington Ballet Presents "Sleeping Beauty": This quintessential classical ballet inspired by the timeless fairy tale of a true love's kiss and the triumph of good over evil will run at the Kennedy Center through March 3. Tickets start at $25.

Cocktails and Comedy Mardi Gras Edition: Cocktail author (and former Orleanian) Phil Greene will share entertaining and informative stories on New Orleans’s legendary cocktail history and folklore, and will teach attendees how to make the classic Hurricane and Sazerac cocktails at home, while you sip a sample-sized drink of each. Comedian George Peacock will complete the second act with stand-up on topics ranging from Alexa to Zeus, technology, men, women and more. Tickets are $25.

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