1. Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
[miscellaneous] Get up close and personal with burlesque dancers (simmer down, not that personal) during an evening of art with a cabaret twist. A venue that prides itself on spectacles that are alternately bizarre and naughty -- or both -- the Palace of Wonders ups the ante by giving patrons the chance to draw dancer Amber Ray as she models and performs a peacock dance. The event, which originated in Brooklyn in 2005 and has popped up in 16 cities worldwide, accompanies a book signing for illustrator Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt's "Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Coloring Book," which suggests such adult activities as drinking games and paper dolls.
Tuesday at 8 p.m. Palace of Wonders, 1210 H St. NE. $10. 202-398-7469.
2. Michael Eric Dyson
[literature] Never one to shy away from a debate, the social commentator and best-selling author signs and discusses his latest book, "Debating Race," for which he recruited varied contributors -- think Cornel West, Meredith Vieira, Bill Maher, Jesse Jackson, John Kerry and Macarena Hernández -- to hit hot-button issues. They weigh in on a gamut of topics, from the ripple effects of Hurricane Katrina and Mexican immigration to youth gun obsession, black masculinity and why Bill Cosby is still wrong.
Monday, 4:30-6 p.m. Howard University Bookstore, 2225 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-238-2640.
Tuesday at 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
3. Meat Market Gallery
[exhibit] Those in the know have heard the tale of the fledgling hipster gallery taking up residence in a two-story converted Hispanic grocery store and meat market. Owners Fabian Bernal and Tony James founded the gallery to promote emerging and established artists from South, Central and North America. In the latest exhibition, Robert Devers uses maiolica glaze painting in his work "Spirit of Place," based on the idea of squaring the circle. And Alice Clark's "Common Thread" is a mud-wall installation representing earth.
Opens Friday. Through March 25. Reception Friday, 6-8:30 p.m. Meat Market Gallery, 1636 17th St. NW. Free. 202-328-6328.
[movie] Though some San Francisco officers may be none too pleased with the renewed attention to the Zodiac serial killer case of the '60s and '70s, the public's intrigue with the never-captured murderer's cryptograms and riddles has been kept alive through Web sites, books and buzz. Director David Fincher, purveyor of such suspenseful eyebrow-raisers as "Seven" and "Fight Club," consulted with retired homicide detectives and one of the survivors of the attacks to piece together this chilling story. It's based on the book by Robert Graysmith, who was a San Francisco Chronicle editorial cartoonist. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.