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ToDo ToDay: 56 Up! Dumplings!

Decades before The Real World forced viewers to watch how people live, there was Seven Up. The 1964 documentary visited 14 7-year-olds growing up in different parts of Britain and every seven years, director Michael Apted revisits the subjects: This week, the eighth film in the series, 56 Up, has its D.C. debut. This edition finds them in the depths of middle age, contemplating their next steps, and laughing about their continued devotion to this project many of them supposedly dislike. Read more>>> The film runs through the week at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $8–$11. (202) 783-9494. (Caroline Jones)


Recently opened Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in Dupont launches Pelmeni Tuesdays today. For the uninitiated, pelmenis are Russian dumplings filled with minced meat, fish, or vegetables. Mari Vanna will offer a dozen pemenis for $9 during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and $12 after that. You can also get three dozen family-style pelmenis for $30. In addition, Mari Vanna is introducing varenikis, or Ukrainian dumplings, at $12 for 10. Mari Vanna, 1141 Connecticut Ave NW. (202) 783-7777. (May Wildman)


The Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool festival launches with a performance by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Sakari Oramo and soprano Inger Dam-Jensen. Swedish meatballs unfortunately won't be provided. 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10–$64.

Several local food figures, including Firefly chef Daniel Bortnick and Proof bar manager Adam Bernbach discuss the local food scene and the new cookbook to which they contributed, Washington D.C. Chef's Table, tonight at Sixth & I. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $10.

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