[CONCERT] Caf¿ Tacuba is without question one of the world's greatest rock en espa¿ol bands. But perhaps it's time to ditch that qualifier: The Mexico City quartet's smart, stylish and superlative new album, "Sino," is among the year's best rock albums in any language. Mexico's most important and influential rock band performs next weekend.
-- J. Freedom du Lac
Saturday, doors at 7:30 p.m. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $30. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566.
AMERICA BY AIR
[EXHIBIT] The Smithsonian's "America by Air" exhibition, showing air travel from shortly after the Wright Brothers' flight to the present, opens next weekend. This long-term exhibit includes a Curtiss "Jenny," one of the first planes to transport mail; a Ford Tri-Motor, with a simulator that will let visitors feel the vibrations of takeoff; and the front section and cockpit of a Boeing 747. There's also an Airbus A320 cockpit (with the first all-digital instrument panel) that gives you a pilot's view of landing at Reagan National Airport and a display of vintage flight attendant uniforms, including the mid-'60s Braniff get-up with a bubble-like space helmet.
-- John Pancake
Opens Saturday. National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.