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By Akeya Dickson and Justin Rude
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, May 13, 2007

Can't Miss

1. Fay Grim

[movie] Critics call Hal Hartley's 10-years-later sequel to "Henry Fool" a funnier, more expansive version of the first film. CIA agent Fulbright (Jeff Goldblum) persuades Fay Grim (Parker Posey), a single mom from Queens, to track down notebooks that her missing ex-husband filled with information that could jeopardize U.S. security. The catch? The notes are in Paris. Grim juggles all this in addition to dealing with her porn-crazed son and her poet brother, who's in jail for helping her ex flee the country. If you're the type who prefers to wait to see flicks at home, it won't be long: The comedic thriller is released on DVD May 22.

Opens Friday. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $6.75-$9.50. 202-452-7672.

2. Henri Edmonds

[literature] Edmonds, a Howard University theater professor, has said that Georgia Avenue is the heart of Washington. The author expands on this idea with a reading of "The Georgia Avenue Bus," her collection of short stories about people along one of the longest of Metro's bus lines. Swee, Abraham Rabinowitz and other passengers regale Retch the driver with stories and chatter that will sound familiar whether you ride the S2, the X2, the 90 or any other bus line.

Friday at 6:30 p.m. Karibu Books, the Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East West Hwy., Hyattsville. Free. 301-559-1140.

3. Black Moth Super Rainbow

[concert] Lazy music journalists always seem ready to slap the "psychedelic" label on this Pittsburgh quintet, but it's not really a good fit. That is, unless to you the word conjures up images of stacks of vintage synths, Mellotrons, vocoders and fuzzy drum kits churning out lush, bubbly, summery electro-pop that feels vaguely nostalgic while always pushing forward. If so, then we suppose "psychedelic" works. With Gena Rowlands Band and Laura Burhenn.

Saturday, doors at 7 p.m. DC 9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. $8. 202-483-5000.

4. Nats Host the O's

[sports] The last-in- the-league Nationals begin one of their most important series of the season Friday. No, it's not the key to reversing their fortunes or increasing their standing in the National League East -- it's for something far more important: regional bragging rights. The rebuilding team might not be going anywhere this year, but the Nats can do a lot to appease their supporters if they can send Peter Angelos's birds back up I-95 after a series victory.

Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. May 20 at 1:35 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $9-$140. 202-397-7328.

5. Alison Krauss

[concert] The bluegrass renaissance woman was a major part of the genre's mid-'90s resurgence. Now, she and her band, Union Station, continue to evolve and hone their sound. Though recent releases have gone in a more commercial direction, the group's genuine bluegrass roots and songwriting talent prevent it from straying into overproduced adult-contemporary territory.

Wednesday at 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $44.50. 202-397-7328.

And More ...

[Concerts]

BO BICE-- Today at 2 and 8 p.m. The "American Idol" Season 4 runner-up brings his husky, Alabama-bred voice to Annapolis. The almost-Idol's album, "The Real Thing," includes collaborations with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger and the inimitable Richie Sambora. Please don't hold that against him. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $41.50. 410-268-4545.

!!!-- Monday, doors at 7:30 p.m. After moving from Touch and Go to Warp records, the dance-punk group (pronounced "chick chick chick") released "Myth Takes," its tightest, most inspired album yet. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $18. 202-265-0930.

ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS-- Monday at 8:30 p.m. Multi-instrumentalist Wammo and vocalist Christina Marrs lead the funky acoustic blues and early-jazz ensemble. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $16. 703-522-8340.

MONO-- Tuesday at 9 p.m. The experimental Japanese group composes searing instrumental rock with classical influences. With World's End Girlfriend and Grails. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $10-$12. 202-388-7625.

ALISON KRAUSS-- See Can't Miss.

JOE LALLY-- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The former Fugazi bass player performs a full-band show of solo material. With fellow local-music heavy hitter Don Zientara. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566.

GWEN STEFANI, LADY SOVEREIGN AND AKON-- Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The omnipresent pop princess performs with the pint-size British MC and one of R&B's most macho young voices. Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $25-$69. 202-397-7328 or 703-754-6400.

ANGELIQUE KIDJO-- Thursday at 8 p.m. Born in Benin and based in New York, the world musician seamlessly blends traditions as wide-ranging as rumba and reggae, souk and soul. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25-$40. 202-994-6800 or 301-808-6900.

LADYTRON-- Thursday at 9 p.m. Reuben Wu and Mira Aroyo, two members of the Liverpool indie-electro act, take turns behind the wheels of steel as part of the DJ Tour. With DJ Cale and DJ Ca$$idy. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. 202-388-7625.

HEAVEN AND HELL-- Friday at 5:30 p.m. The band is a collaboration of classic metal musicians Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. With Megadeth and Machine Head. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $29-$49. 202-397-7328 or 301-596-0660.

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW-- See Can't Miss.

[Exhibits]

A CREATIVE PROFILE: ARTISTS OF THE EAST BANK-- Opens today. Through Aug. 12. The juried exhibition includes 41 works in a variety of media by artists who live east of the Anacostia River. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-4820.

THE PRINTS OF SEAN SCULLY-- Opens Friday. Through Oct. 8. A set of master prints by the internationally acclaimed artist explores recurring themes in his work. The prints, the only complete set in an American museum, were a gift from Scully in 2001. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-7970.

SAM GILLIAM-- Opens Saturday. Reception 4-7 p.m. Through July 21. New work by the influential local painter. Marsha Mateyka Gallery, 2012 R St. NW. Free. 202-328-0088.

[Literature]

DAVID BALDACCI: DEAD DROPS, TECHNOLOGICAL MENACE AND SECRET FILES-- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Former CIA inspector general Frederick Hitz interviews Baldacci about "Simple Genius," the best-selling writer's technological thriller. A book signing follows. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-357-3030.

PETER M. ASCOLI-- Thursday at 7 p.m. The author tells the story of his grandfather, the son of German Jewish immigrants, in "Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South." Ascoli focuses on his grandfather's little-known philanthropy, such as helping to build more than 5,300 schools for black students in the rural South and providing a $1 million grant to aid Jewish victims of World War I. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.

HENRI EDMONDS-- See Can't Miss.

[Miscellaneous]

MOTHER'S DAY TEA TRADITIONS-- Today at 2:30 and 4 p.m. The Chado Urasenke Tankokai Washington DC Association demonstrates a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $12, seniors $10, students $7, children 6-18 $5, 5 and younger free. For reservations, call 202-686-5807.

NEW FLAVOR DAY-- Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Sample new Haagen-Dazs flavors Cinnamon Dulce de Leche and Sticky Toffee Pudding with a free cone at the following locations: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202-789-0953; Gallery Place, 703 Seventh St. NW, 202-783-4711; 3120 M. St. NW, 202-333-3443; Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-415-5540; 7302 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-652-9394.

[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.

THE RUNNER-- Saturday at 2 p.m. Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University, presents Amir Naderi's 1985 film about a young boy who struggles to get his life together after becoming homeless. In Persian with English subtitles. A signing of Dabashi's book "Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema" follows. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-4880.

SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER CENTENNIAL: HAMLET-- Saturday at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at 1 p.m. May 22 at 7 p.m. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Olivier's birth, his Oscar-winning performance in the 1948 film is screened. Part of the Shakespeare Cinema series. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $9.25, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

FAY GRIM-- See Can't Miss.

PROVOKED: A TRUE STORY-- Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, who was buzzed about last month for marrying fellow Bollywood superstar Abhishek Bachchan, stars as a Punjabi woman who is abused by her husband (Naveen Andrews) and sent to prison after setting him on fire.

SHREK THE THIRD-- The latest installment in the popular animated film series finds the ogre facing the prospect of becoming the next king after his father-in-law dies. Featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

[On Stage]

DAVID E. TALBERT PRESENTS 'LOVE IN THE NICK OF TYME'-- Opens today. Through May 20. Morris Chestnut ("The Best Man," "Two Can Play That Game") makes his stage acting and producing debut in this love story that also stars R&B singer Avant and actress Ellia English. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $38.50-$69.50. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

YOUTH POETRY SLAM CHAMPIONSHIP-- Monday at 6 p.m. In the 10th annual competition held by the DC WritersCorps, alumni of the event go up against members of the corps, which seeks to get youths involved in reading and writing literature. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JANE FRANKLIN DANCE-- Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Arlington-based troupe performs two new works: "Temporal Interference," which includes interactive video and music, and "In Hiding," featuring work by artist Becky Heavner. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

MIKE BIRBIGLIA'S SECRET PUBLIC JOURNAL LIVE-- Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. The comedian performs stand-up while taping for an upcoming CD-DVD release. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. 202-296-7008.

KEN VEGAS, GPAC AND WFF PRESENT THE GREAT BIG INTERNATIONAL DRAG KING SHOW 007-- Saturday, doors at 8 p.m. The grand stage show features gay, lesbian and transgender performers who parody characters from movies. (Past targets have included "The Matrix," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Kill Bill.") 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

[Sports]

NATIONALS-- Today at 1:35 p.m. against the Florida Marlins. Monday-Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 1:05 p.m. against the Atlanta Braves. Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and May 20 at 1:35 p.m. against the Baltimore Orioles (see Can't Miss). RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $5-$140. 202-397-7328.

[Volunteering]

GREENBRIER LEARNING CENTER-- Weekdays through June 1, 4-5:30 p.m. High school students and older. Tutor and help third- through fifth-graders with reading and homework during the last month of school. Greenbrier Learning Center, 5401 Seventh Rd. S., Arlington. 703-379-6488.

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