Sunday, September 24, 2006
WALTER BEASLEY -- Today at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Berklee College of Music professor mixes his sensuous R&B sound with strong jazz influences. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $29.50. 410-268-4545.
THE ZOMBIES -- Today at 8 p.m. The Arrow (94.7 FM) and Little Steven's Underground Garage take over the Black Cat's main stage for a show featuring rock both classic and new. British invasion band the Zombies, with original members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, headline, while the Mooney Suzuki, a band that sounds old school, rounds out a group that includes the Fleshtones, the Woggles and the Five Maseratis. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. 202-667-7960.
LADYTRON -- Monday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The foursome crafts electro-dance tunes that marry sleek '80s beats with a modern sheen and a flair for dramatics. Opener CSS is a Brazilian dance-rock sextet that rose to prominence with savvy Internet self-promotion. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. The Melbourne, Australia-based octet isn't afraid to cram its compositions with multiple musical ideas and a dizzying number of instruments. What would be overkill for most bands seems to work for them. With the Blow. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.
YO LA TENGO -- Tuesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The Hoboken, N.J., favorite has been a critic and fan darling for two decades. Its new album, the playfully named "I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass," marks a return to the band's noisy roots. With experimental hip-hopper Why? of the Anticon collective. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.
SUBTLE -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. When several members of the avant-garde California hip-hop label Anticon formed Subtle, an act mixing rap, pop, experimental electronics and atmospheric beats, expectations were high. The first album didn't disappoint, but when a tour bus accident partially paralyzed keyboardist Dax Pierson, the future of the group was uncertain. Subtle didn't fold it up, though, and later this year it will release the anticipated album "For Hero for Fool" on Astralwerks. Fans of experimental hip-hop should not miss this chance to give the new tracks an early listen. With Son of Nun and Food for Animals. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.
HAL KETCHUM -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. The country neo-traditionalist has worked with industry greats such as Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel but is most successful with his own well-crafted tunes. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $35. 410-268-4545.
RELAPSE CONTAMINATION TOUR -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. Philadelphia label Relapse is sending Jucifer, Unearthly Trance, Hex Machine and a couple of bands whose names aren't family-newspaper friendly to represent the imprint's hard, harsh experimental metal sound. Known for cultivating artists who push metal's creative envelope, this label showcase is a show for the thinking headbanger. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. $10. 202-783-3933.
SUNSET RUBDOWN -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Spencer Krug, of Frog Eyes and Wolf Parade, tackles space-glam indie rock with this side project (or is it a side side project?) that is far better than its terrible name suggests. The band tours in support of its new album, "Shut Up I Am Dreaming." Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.
MATES OF STATE -- Wednesday at 9 p.m. The State Theatre favorites (they obviously feel a kinship) are a husband-wife duo known for their sweet, melodic pop. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $13. 703-237-0300.
THE CAT EMPIRE -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. A six-piece band from Melbourne, Australia (that's right, two Melbourne groups are in town this week), known for its fusion of jazz, ska, funk, rock and Latin influences. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $17-$20. 703-237-0300.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. John Darnielle's indie-folk band has maintained its lo-fi identity even after moving away from cassette-tape-only releases in the mid-'90s. Darnielle has a knack for intricate but essential lyricism, and his songs are regarded as much for their storytelling elements as their excellent musicianship. Bonus tip: He also writes some pretty entertaining music criticism, which you can check out at http://www.lastplanetojakarta.com . Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.
MASSIVE ATTACK -- Thursday, doors at 7:30 p.m. Now almost 20 years old, the Bristol, England, trip-hop pioneers have survived far longer than most of the acts they inspired. And it's harder to doubt the genre's continued relevance when Massive Attack remains such a draw: Friday's performance is sold out. With Christine Mortiz. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.
BETTIE SERVEERT -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The Dutch college-rockers have managed to maintain a loyal international fan base despite never matching the success of their 1992 album, "Palomine." Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. 703-522-8340.
THE GOONS -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The local punk band, known for its straight-ahead sound and blue-collar work ethic, says goodbye. With the Twats. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.
RAKIM -- See Can't Miss, this page.
NO SECOND TROY -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The local indie-rock band has honed its sound through frequent touring and a seemingly constant string of shows in the area. With Elevator to Space. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-522-8340.[Exhibits]
ECLAT -- Opens Tuesday. Through Oct. 29. Sophisticated, soft-hued collagraph, drypoint and mixed-media prints by Barbara Bickley. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-332-7757.
PAPER IN FLIGHT: TWENTY YEARS OF HAND PAPERMAKING -- Opens Tuesday. Through Dec. 3. An exploration of the use of washi , Japanese handmade paper, in the art of kite making. A stunning 10-foot art kite by renowned artist Lesley Dill takes center stage. And 13 contemporary kites recently completed in Kochi, Japan, by international kite artists round out the show. Maryland Institute College of Art, Brown Center, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Free. 410-669-9200.
TECHNOLOGIES OF WRITING IN THE AGE OF PRINT -- Opens Thursday. Through Feb. 17. A look at the way early modern Europeans dealt with a glut of printed material by inventing complex and innovative systems of note-taking, organizing and filing. As dry as it sounds, the Folger Shakespeare Library has a way of making these things interesting. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.
MODERN WITH A CAPITAL M -- Opens Friday. Through Dec. 16. The Washington Design Center and Metropolitan Home combine to celebrate the magazine's 25th anniversary by bringing together eight of Washington's notable interior designers (including Darryl Carter and Barry Dixon) to create room installations. Washington Design Center, 300 D St. SW. Free. 202-646-6114.
PATTI SMITH: AMERICAN ARTIST -- See Can't Miss, this page.[Literature]
KEVIN JENNINGS -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The author and director of the Gay and Lesbian Education Network signs "Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son." Jennings discusses his struggles with his sexuality while growing up in a sports-crazed Southern family, as well as graduating from Harvard. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. 202-387-7638.
FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL -- See Can't Miss, this page.
MELISSA FAY GREENE -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The journalist tells the story of Haregewoin Teferra, a woman who took in Ethiopian orphans with AIDS, in "There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children." Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Nigerian novelist, noted by critics for her prose and description, signs and discusses "Half of a Yellow Sun." Set during the 1960s bloody aftermath of the Igbo people's secession from Nigeria, the story explores how the civil war affects a 13-year-old servant boy and twin sisters. Karibu Books, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Free. 703-415-1118.
DANIEL GOLDEN -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist signs and discusses "The Price of Admission: America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges -- and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates." The Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief compares the academic records of entering students at Ivy League institutions to show how their admissions offices overlook qualified working- and middle-class students in favor of wealthier, plugged-in candidates. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL -- See Can't Miss, previous page.
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL -- See Can't Miss, previous page.[Movies]
Films open Friday and are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change. Checkhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/moviesor Friday's Weekend section for details and complete movie listings.
D.C. ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL -- Opens Thursday. Through Oct. 7. Check out full-length, short, animated and documentary films from independent filmmakers. Sponsored by Asian Pacific American Film. Various locations. For details, check http://www.apafilm.org/2006/index.php . $5-$15. 202-330-5496.
AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE -- Filmmakers Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus follow the rise of the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian's political career. At Landmark E Street Cinema.
KEEPING MUM -- Kristin Scott Thomas plays a wife who has an affair with a golf instructor (Patrick Swayze). In the meantime, the couple's new housekeeper (Maggie Smith) has creative ways of keeping things in order. Also starring Rowan Atkinson, better known as Mr. Bean. At Landmark Bethesda Row.
THE GUARDIAN -- Wannabe serious actor Ashton Kutcher stars opposite Kevin Costner as a Coast Guard trainee in a film that's being touted as a waterlogged "An Officer and a Gentleman."
OPEN SEASON -- This year has been a big one for animated comedies filled with animals. Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher voice grizzly bear Boog and mule dear Elliot who try to stay out of harm's way during hunting season.
RENAISSANCE -- The futuristic film noir employs an innovative motion-capture technique in a gritty tale about a Parisian detective (voiced by Daniel Craig, the next James Bond) who searches for a young woman who has been kidnapped. At Landmark E Street Cinema.
SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS -- A smarmy confidence instructor and life coach of sorts (Billy Bob Thornton) teaches Jon Heder how to ask a girl out and more.
THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON -- See Can't Miss, previous page.[On Stage]
MY FAIR LADY -- Opens Tuesday. Through Nov. 19. The classic "Pygmalion" story is the last show put on by Signature Theatre before it moves to its new two-theater complex in Shirlington Village. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $37-$63. 703-218-6500.
THE FOREIGNER -- Opens Wednesday. Through Oct. 22. In Larry Shue's comedy, a painfully shy man on vacation avoids conversation with others by pretending that he's from another country and can't speak English. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $34-$44. 301-924-3400.
VALOR, AGRAVIO Y MUJER . . . STRIPPING DON JUAN -- Opens Thursday. Through Oct. 22. A modern twist is put on the 17th-century comedy by Ana Caro, one of the few female playwrights of Spain's Golden Age. The story follows a woman who takes revenge on Don Juan by taking away his machismo. In Spanish with English subtitles. Gala Hispanic Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $30-$34, seniors, students and military $20-$26. 202-234-7174.
ROLL ON! -- Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Tony-winning singer Melba Moore and Grammy winner Michael Winans Sr. star in this gospel musical about a black family rooted in the church. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35-$45. 202-397-7328.
DANCE DC FESTIVAL -- Friday, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. The third annual festival includes flamenco, capoeira , hip-hop, hand-dancing, bhangra and other folk and traditional dance forms presented by local artists. Ziva's Spanish Dance Ensemble, salsa group DC Casineros, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Coyaba Dance Theater, Daniel Phoenix Singh and other companies perform. The event includes youth-oriented performances and activities. Various locations. For details, check http://www.dancedcfestival.org/schedule.html . Free. 202-724-5613.
NINE PARTS OF DESIRE -- See Can't Miss, previous page.
THE SECOND CITY: TRUTH, JUSTICE OR THE AMERICAN WAY -- Friday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. The well-known Chicago comedy troupe delivers a show rife with political satire that plays off the day's headlines. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-357-3030.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA -- Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Rude Mechanicals put their own spin on the Shakespearean love story. DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. 202-462-7833 or 703-774-7867.
TEN BRECHT POEMS -- Friday at 10 p.m.; Saturday at 4 and 10 p.m. The two-woman theater piece presented by the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and NACL Theater focuses on German playwright and social critic Bertolt Brecht's "10 Poems." Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. 202-387-7638.
PRINCE GEORGE'S CLASSIC COMEDY SHOW -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Mike Brooks, Guy Torry, Arnez J and Marvin Dixon provide their own brand of comedy. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $32.50-$42.50. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.
FRANKENSTEIN -- Closes Oct. 1. Synetic Theater premieres this production under the umbrella of the Kennedy Center Prelude Festival. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
THE GINGHAM DOG -- Through Oct. 22. A 1960s interracial marriage is tested in Lanford Wilson's dramatic play as political and social strains take their toll. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $27-$32. 202-399-7993.
CABARET -- Through Oct. 29. Enjoy the story about a young journalist who becomes enamored of a nightclub performer. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $55-$74. 202-488-3300.
NATIONALS -- Tuesday-Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Philadelphia Phillies. Friday-Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 1:05 p.m. against the New York Mets. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $3-$45. 202-397-7328.
CAPITALS -- Friday at 7 p.m. The Caps play their last preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $9-$68. 202-397-7328.