1. 2008 TOUR OF GYMNASTICS SUPERSTARS
[SPORTS] So much has happened since Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson vaulted, balance-beamed and floor-routined their way into our hearts at the Olympic Games in Beijing. If the dire economic news and a bitter presidential race have you feeling nostalgic for the events of two months ago, we have good news. Those two champions, along with Chellsie Memmel, Paul Hamm and other stars of the sport, are uniting for a gymnastics spectacle.
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200 or 202-397-7328. $29.50-$125.
[MOVIES] Zombies, vampires, devil spawn and vegetable-eating beasts will soon raid the AFI Silver Theatre for special holiday showings. The best is "Nosferatu," which will play twice on Halloween evening with live accompaniment by Silent Orchestra. If bloodsuckers aren't your thing, then shudder through "Rosemary's Baby," or smile with "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," or raise your eyebrows at "Night of the Living Dead." All of these are playing multiple times on multiple days, so there's no excuse to avoid getting spooked. Check http:/
Opens Thursday. Through Nov. 3. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. $5-$10.
[CONCERT] Devo-inspired Japanese new-wave art punk: It's easy to fall in love with the idea alone, but the fact is, Polysics' music lives up to the lofty description. Catchy, hyper and constantly surprising, the band proves that spaz rock is truly a universal language. With Jaguar Love and Black Gold.
Thursday at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. $12.
[ON STAGE] For those of you who like your puppet theater violent and mature, Wyckham Avery's new play will be a treat. The Dog & Pony DC production uses actors and puppets in a reimagining of the British children's theater staple "Punch and Judy," maximizing the outrageous violence at the core of the age-old show.