Correction to This Article
The Van Hunt concert featured in the June 4 Sunday Source, which was scheduled for Thursday at the Black Cat, was canceled yesterday by the performer's management. It may be rescheduled this summer. Ticket holders may return to the place of purchase for refunds (Web and phone sales should be automatically refunded).

Can't Miss

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Five reasons to get off your couch this week:

1 Van Hunt

[concert] Buzz has been slow to build around the neo-soul crooner, a relative newcomer who hit the music scene in 2004 with his self-titled debut that featured the moderate hit "Down Here in Hell (With You)." Though sales were slow for the 29-year-old singer, songwriter and producer, he has won over many critics and has even been dubbed the new Prince. Sure, Bilal and D'Angelo have enjoyed the same flattery, but Hunt might just have them beat since he not only nails the Purple One's upbeat grooves and smoother joints with panache, but can rock a handkerchief turban or a paisley printed shirt with equal machismo.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $18. 202-667-7960.

2 Cars

[movie] The computer-animated film is shaping up to be the cartoon movie of the year, eclipsing other recent animated releases, all of which seem to rely on the same hackneyed animal theme. Heavy on the NASCAR references, the Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios joint production takes cartoons out of the zoo and onto the racetrack, as central character Lightning McQueen, a cherry-red hotshot rookie race car voiced by Owen Wilson, discovers there's more to life than the next big race. Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy and others round out the cast of voices.

Opens Friday.

3 Driven

[exhibit] If "Cars" isn't up your alley, get in touch with your inner road rage at this two-person show that explores the way parking issues and autos in general can drive us all a little nutty in an increasingly congested city. Local artists Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow show brightly colored -- and slightly frightening -- paintings that just might illustrate what you look like when you get behind that lousy driver or are stuck in rush hour traffic.

Opens Thursday. Reception Friday, 6-9 p.m. Through July 1. Gallery Neptune, 4808 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-718-0809.

4 Charlie Victor Romeo

[on stage] Created by Bob Berger, Patrick Daniels and Irving Gregory, this critically acclaimed technological thriller is a gripping and sobering glimpse of what happens behind the doors of an airplane cockpit. Taken entirely from the black box tr anscripts of six real-life emergencies, vignettes take place on a stage made to look like an airplane cockpit and are set in motion by happenstance and carelessness.

Opens Wednesday. Through June 25. Studio Theatre, 1501 P Street NW. $32-$52. 202-332-3300.

5 Queering Sound 06: Echo + Decay

[on stage] Artsy multimedia from members of the local, national and international gay and lesbian community abound at the sixth-annual gathering. Presented by the Triangle Artists Group of Washington, DC (a collective of more than 100 lesbian and gay artists), this year's installment covers the gamut of music, digital arts, noise and spoken word. Check out performances and digital artwork by Arthur Loves Plastic, BLK w/Bear, Ginger Richards of Federal City Five and others.

Saturday at 7 p.m. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $5. 202-783-3933.

-- Akeya Dickson


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