Spotlight on Thursday, March 14: 'The Chemistry of Lime Trees,' Gallons to Ounces

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D.C. CHOREOGRAPHY

"The Chemistry of Lime Trees" explores how different kinds of borders -- country, religion, family -- affect our ability to connect, communicate and co-exist. Through the realism of theater and the physicality of dance, the performance explores two factual, historical stories. Part One is a story from Ellis Island archives about a young Russian woman abandoned on her way to America by her fiance. Part Two, drawn from the Bosnian War of the 1990s, focuses on Bosko and Admira, a real-life Romeo and Juliet, and how their struggle against societal, religious and political borders ends tragically.

The ThirdCoast Digest said the work "showed not the carnage, but the beautiful love that made the carnage tragic."

"The Chemistry of Lime Trees" is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based singer/composer Susan Oetgen and D.C.-based choreographer/dancer Daniel Burkholder. After traveling across the country, it will be staged at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint (916 G St. NW) through March 24. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit limetrees.brownpapertickets.com.

LOCAL BAND

After winning the 2012 Hard Rock Rising, a band could ride the wave or fall back into local oblivion. But, by making music that just about anyone could get into, Gallons to Ounces -- or G2O -- has made a name for itself in the D.C. scene and beyond. The group makes feel-good music that blends elements of blues, soul and jazz with infectiously funky riffs. This is one show where you are guaranteed to be dancing -- or at least head bopping, if you're into that sort of thing.

The group has an EP out, but the three guys are best when performing live, as they get into improvisation and groove -- you can tell they have been playing together for years as they meld their sounds together. Matt and Tom are cousins and have been playing music for more than a decade. They met Zach at a high school battle of the bands and have been churning out funky grooves ever since.

G2O is performing at Adams Morgan's Bossa (2463 18th St. NW) on Thursday night and at Blue Banana (3632 Georgia Ave. NW) on Saturday. Visit gallonstoounces.com for a full schedule.

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