The Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW) constantly seeks to showcase not only the exceptional talent of the Washington region, but the unique voices and creators of modern American arts. Yet another example of that is Ballet Across America III, a series of three programs this week that highlight mixed repertory dance from across the country.

Taking stage Tuesday and Wednesday is the Richmond Ballet featuring music based on poems from the Jewish ghettos of World War II, the Oregon Ballet Theatre presenting James Kudelka's riveting "Almost Mozart," and Boston Ballet bringing Balanchine's complex and energetic "Symphony in Three Movements."

Program B (Thursday and Saturday) and Program C (Friday and Sunday) each offer three additional exceptional performances, including Dance Theatre of Harlem's triumphant return to the stage and Ashton's rarely seen "Les Patineurs."

Free post-performance discussions feature artistic directors from the participating companies offering insights into their creations and eliciting your comments and reactions.

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From literary mags to small food zines, from journalism in the form of comics to tongue-in-cheek humor, print is alive and well in D.C. Celebrate the city's independent print scene and meet the people fueling the explosion of zines throughout D.C. at a free Hothouse Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I St. SW).

Featuring the writers, editors and creators behind Barrelhouse Mag, the Cartoon Picayune, DC Zine Fest/OCD Throws Bows, the Intentional, Popular Demand, the Runcible Spoon and Worn Magazine, the event will include a brief introduction to each publication and a chance to purchase issues of each magazine and zine.

Hothouse is a new series of installations, performances, discussions and events organized by Washington Project for the Arts with twice monthly happy hour events bringing together members of D.C.'s various creative communities to share projects and ideas.