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Sunday, January 20, 2008

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1. PERSEPOLIS

[MOVIE] A precocious 9-year-old is at the center of this black-and-white animated fantasy, which chronicles the real-life experiences of graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi as a child in Iran during the Islamic revolution. (See today's Style & Arts section for an interview with Satrapi.) With voices by Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, the film has snagged the Jury Prize at Cannes and a Golden Globe nod. In French with English subtitles.

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

2. CORNELIUS

[CONCERT] The playfully sophisticated style of pop-music savant Keigo Oyamada reached new levels on "Sensuous," which was released in the United States last spring. Oyamada's carefully constructed loops and phrases blend his delicate guitar work with wind chimes, fuzzy synths, big '80s-style guitar and found sound fragments. Performed live, often with video accompaniment, his music achieves the level of hypnotic audio pop-art.

Friday at 9 p.m. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566.

3. 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY

[ON STAGE] Composer-lyricist Neil Berg's sweeping revue hits the high notes of American musical theater, showcasing melodies from the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, as well as modern tunes from Billy Joel's "Movin' Out." And, of course, there's plenty of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Friday at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. $25-$67. 301-581-5100.

4. LET FREEDOM RING

[CONCERT] Georgetown University's sixth annual initiative to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Nuttin' but Stringz and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Tickets will be distributed starting at 4 p.m.

Monday at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.


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