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The Week in Arts: Kamasi Washington, Amy Sedaris, Farruquito’s Flamenco

The Week in Arts: Kamasi Washington, Amy Sedaris, Farruquito’s Flamenco

Feb. 23;

For just about as long as it’s existed, jazz has been a battleground for purists to delineate what it is and isn’t — usually when provoked by a musician who’s achieved substantial success outside of the genre.

The saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington is among the latest artist to inspire these discussions, with his brash 10-piece ensemble that favors funky, hip-swiveling grooves juxtaposed with lush strings and choral arrangements.

The Apollo Theater in Manhattan has a storied history of hosting jazz musicians of all stripes, even if it’s been more unusual in recent years. This performance, on Saturday, Feb. 23, is part of the theater’s “Race Music” weekend, billed as a way of reclaiming the term that for so long dictated segregation in music and the way it was sold. A slate of documentaries about race and music round out the weekend’s programming. NATALIE WEINER

Believe it. In “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” returning to truTV on Tuesday, Feb. 19, she redirects her maniacal skill set to the soundstage of a fictional homemaking show, like Martha Stewart on crack. Season 2 kicks off with sketches about teenagers, featuring a mustachioed Matthew Broderick as an adolescence expert and diary-making with the comedian Cole Escola. “I’ve always said, keep their hands busy and their genitals will follow,” Sedaris explains.

That frisky repartee, plus a crafty way with Popsicle sticks and glue bottles, earned Sedaris her first Emmy nomination last season. Her co-conspirators in household crimes this time around include Rose Byrne, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Gillian Jacobs and Matthew Shannon. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

Joined by an ensemble of dancers, musicians and singers, he not only choreographed the show but also composed its music and lyrics, giving further insight, perhaps, into where he comes from and who he is now. SIOBHAN BURKE

Gorgeously directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”), “Birds of Passage” stars Carmiña Martínez as the clan matriarch Úrsula, whose daughter, Zaida (Natalia Reyes), has captured the eye of Rapayet (José Acosta). Úrsula demands a lavish dowry, which leads Rapayet to his pot-growing cousin Aníbal (Juan Bautista Martínez). And ultimately catapults Úrsula’s family members into the drug business, who, as their wealth accumulates, replace their colorful woven bags with designer purses.

“Birds of Paradise” is rolling out to more than 100 cities in the coming weeks after opening in New York on Feb. 13 and Los Angeles on Feb. 15. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

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