The new week-long DC Black Theatre Festival showcases the talents of individuals from the D.C. area's African-American theater community through 70 productions. There are at least two of queer interest: Aesthetics, Brave Soul Collective's collection of theater and spoken-word performances examining the subject of beauty by playwrights including Alan Sharpe, Dyron Holmes, Rashad Moody and Jared Shamberger, takes place Saturday, Aug. 7, at 12 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre; and a reading of Purple Hearts, Jesse N. Holmes's new comedy about two gay half-brothers whose lives are forever changed as they fight over their late father's Purple Heart, takes place Sunday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m. at Dance Place. The festival runs until Sunday, Aug. 8, at various venues. All shows are $15 in advance. Visit dcblacktheatrefestival.com for more information.