Comedy By Scott Vogel
He has been a TV star ("The Daily Show"), all-purpose emcee (Oscars, Grammys, etc.) and Tucker Carlson's nemesis ("Crossfire"), but on Saturday, Jon Stewart goes local -- entertaining the town he has dined out on for years. Merriweather Post Pavilion plays host to an evening with the comedian, whose signature way of puncturing the powerful ought to gain added drama from the setting. After all, not a few of Stewart's favorite targets may well be in the audience. Call 202-397-7328.
Music By Richard Harrington
Call it the battle of futurists and fusionaries, edgy and smooth. On Friday, Kenny Garrett opens a three-night stand at Blues Alley with a special guest, veteran fellow saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, a key figure in free jazz and, like Garrett, solidly in the tradition of fierce, spiritually rooted improvisation associated with John Coltrane. Call 202-337-4141. For those who like it lighter, the Original Jazz Fusion All-Stars -- Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Ronnie Laws and many others -- are at DAR Constitution Hall. Call 202-397-7328.
Exhibition By Michael O'Sullivan
Now collectively known as the Galleries of the 14th Street Arts Corridor, Adamson Gallery, Curator's Office, G Fine Art, Hemphill, plan b and Transformer will hold their first joint opening receptions Saturday from 6 to 9. While cruising the art, keep an eye out for three nearby trucks (stationed on 14th Street between P and Q streets NW). Featuring painting, video art and poetry, the mobile art galleries mark the debut of a project called "Street Scenes: Art Not Ads." Call Hemphill at 202-234-5601.
Film By Scott Vogel
The series doesn't include his eagerly awaited film "Volver" (scheduled to open in Washington in December), but "Viva Pedro," a monthlong festival of Pedro Almodovar films at AFI Silver Theatre, which begins Friday, offers lavish proof of the Spanish director's brilliance. From 1988's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" to the Oscar winners "All About My Mother" (1999) and "Talk to Her" (2002), Almodovar's take on contemporary life can be hilarious, heartbreaking or profane but always utterly original. Through Oct. 19. Call 301-495-6720.
Dance By Lisa Traiger
The fall dance season begins in earnest. First Dance Place celebrates its 26th anniversary Saturday with a $100-ticket gala evening performance honoring Washington Post critic emeritus Alan M. Kriegsman and his wife, Sali Ann. Then Monday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, the sixth annual Metro DC Dance Awards recognize achievement by local dance artists in 13 categories. Call 202-269-1600 (Dance Place) and 202-467-4600 (Kennedy Center).