The King of Pop is the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show, which comes to Verizon Center this weekend. (Photo by OSA Images/courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil)

Starts Tuesday

A dose of dark humor

Last summer brought light, fun musicals to the area’s theater venues. But dark humor takes the stage this year, when ”The Addams Family” musical opens at the Kennedy Center.

Starts Thursday

All the city’s a stage

The annual game of theater roulette, Capital Fringe Festival, returns Thursday, unleashing 100-odd productions on venues across town.


The next best thing to MJ

“Michael Jackson: The Immortal” pairs the choreography and music — and many of MJ’s former collaborators and his concert sets — with the body-bending performance style of Cirque du Soleil.


Off with your head

L’Enfant Cafe’s annual Bastille Day party features a French maid race, can-can dance performances, a block party with beer trucks and a masquerade ball and dance music spun by Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite.

The end of the Clash

“The Rise and Fall of the Clash” examines what caused the breakup of one of rock-and-roll’s greatest bands. The new documentary makes its D.C. premiere at St. Stephens Church.