Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Jan. 3-5

January 2

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Deanna Danger headlines "Under the Covers" at the Black Cat. (David Parrish)

Through Jan. 19: Fans of the playwright Sarah Ruhl (who could forget "The Vibrator Play"?) should take note: Upstart troupe No Rules Theatre is taking on Ruhl's "Late: A Cowboy Song," about a longing young wife who, in classic Ruhl style, finds herself awakened to the universe's possibilities. In this play, however, the playwright's protagonist begins to question her life when she feels herself drawn to a female cowboy named Red. Tickets for the production, being staged at Signature Theatre, are $15.

Friday: Combine the pleasure of hearing a really great cover version of a song with a live burlesque performance and you end up with Under the Covers at the Black Cat. You’ll hear a mix of popular, unexpected and bizarre reinterpretations of the classics as Richmond’s Deanna Danger headlines, along with performers Eyrie Twilight, Ellie Quinn and Lottie Ellington. Doors for the two shows open at 8:45 and 11 p.m. (Sorry, kids, both are 21 and older only.) Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Friday: Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club, which marks the birth of rock-and-roll icon Elvis Presley with an utterly strange combination of burlesque dancers and performance-art-style brawls, returns Friday. Previous editions have seen Martha Stewart take swings at the Swedish Chef, Sarah Palin fight Abe Lincoln, and Godzilla do battle with Bridezilla. (The list of this year’s performers is a carefully guarded secret.) Elvis (the fat version) and Kittie Glitter are the hosts of this absurd, wonderful and totally unmissable event at the Gala Hispanic Theatre. Buy tickets in advance, because it always sells out.

Saturday: Dance to Boyz II Men, Nirvana, R. Kelly, the Spice Girls, Technotronic and Warren G all night, DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion are back with yet another edition of their sure-to-sell-out all-'90s rager No Scrubs at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $15.

Saturday-Sunday: Dance Place is convening 12 local contemporary dance companies for the weekend-long Modern Moves Festival. Bowen McCauley Dance, below, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround and Jane Franklin Dance are among the groups demonstrating the breadth of Washington’s dance repertoire in a handful of performances, all slated for the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25-$30.

Sunday: Here’s a belated Christmas present for professional wrestling fans: A visit by CM Punk, the Shield triumvirate, Daniel Bryan, the Miz, Bray Wyatt, Bad News Barrett and other WWE stars when WWE Live invades Patriot Center. The evening’s orchestrated bad blood and spandex-clad theatrics begin at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15-$95.

Sunday: Bundle up. Only once a year can you see donkeys and sheep making their way down a Northwest Washington thoroughfare, and that's at Gala Hispanic Theatre's Three Kings Day. The processions, set for 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, are just part of a family-friendly day that also includes performances by singer Maria Isolina and dance groups Los Quetzalitos and Alma Boliviana.

Sunday: Take cover from the cold this weekend at the Museum of American Art, where D.C. native and soul singer Alison Carney, a local favorite, takes part in the museum's regular Luce Unplugged series. After a staff talk about art in the museum's collection, Carney will regale the crowd with a lo-fi set of her R&B-influenced songs. The free show begins at 1:30 p.m.

Correction: The No Scrubs dance party is Saturday, not Friday.

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