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Sunday, October 26, 2008

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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.

2. HALLOWEEN

ON SCREEN

[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://www.afi.com/silver for details.

Opens Thursday. Through Nov. 3. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. $5-$10.

3. POLYSICS

[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.

4. PUNCH

[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.

Opens Friday. Through Nov. 22. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. $15.

5. BILLY BRAGG

[CONCERT] It has been a while between solo releases for the British anti-folk hero (six years to be precise). "Mr. Love & Justice," the new album he is on tour to promote, is obviously the product of a veteran hand, displaying the maturity and restraint of an artist coming to terms with the state of the world while still trying to fight the good fight.

Monday at 7 p.m. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566. $35.

-- Sunday Source staff

Critics' Choice

SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS

[ON STAGE] Success has come fast for Chinese-born, New York-based dancemaker Shen Wei. Last year he won a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant; this summer he returned to Beijing as the principal choreographer of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. The swift pace of his career, however, stands in stark contrast with the patient, meditative and highly individualistic works he puts onstage. Shen Wei brings two pieces to the Kennedy Center this week: "Map" and "Re-," combining dance, theater, painting, sculpture and Western and Eastern cultures.

-- Sarah Kaufman

Wednesday-Thursday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $22-$65.

ZUKERMAN AND PUCKETT SCHREIER

[CONCERT] Edouard van Cleeff was a reasonably successful French composer who was imprisoned in Dachau in World War II and, after his release, never wrote again. His music is being reclaimed by soprano Arianna Zukerman (yes, her father is the violinist) and pianist Joy Puckett Schreier, who have put four van Cleeff works at the heart of a program of German- and French-language Lieder and chansons. They had unparalleled access to van Cleeff's unpublished works: Puckett Schreier is the composer's great-niece. The songs' Washington premiere will offer a chance to see if this is more than just a family affair.

-- Anne Midgette

Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Ct. NW. For reservations, call 202-895-6776. FREE

Concerts

CHUCK MANGIONE-- Today at 4:30 and 8 p.m. The jazz trumpeter has been performing for more than five decades. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. 410-268-4545. $39.50.

DEERHOOF-- Today at 7 p.m. The San Francisco noise-pop favorites tour to promote their latest album, "Offend Maggie." With Experimental Dental School and Flying. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566. $15.

BILLY BRAGG-- See Can't Miss.

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN-- Monday at 8:30 p.m. The Swedish guitarist, composer and bandleader, famous for his technical and neoclassical metal, tours to promote his new album, "Perpetual Flame." With Russia's ANJ. Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. 703-569-5940. $30.

JAY REATARD-- Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Memphis rocker continues his seemingly never-ending tour. With Cola Freaks and Turbo Fruits. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. $10.

YAEL NAIM-- Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Israeli-French singer-songwriter became the first Israeli solo artist to have a top-10 hit in the United States after her single "New Soul" was featured in a TV ad for Apple. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100 or 202-397-7328. $25.

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS-- Thursday at 8 p.m. Edward Ka-Spel's avant-garde rock act has produced more than 40 albums since it formed in 1980. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. $15.

POLYSICS-- See Can't Miss.

ROCK BAND LIVE-- Friday at 7 p.m. MTV's advertisement for the Rock Band video game features performances by Panic at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Plain White T's and the Cab. We assume they will be playing real instruments. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-397-7328 or 703-993-3000. $29.95-$39.95.

BHANGRAWEEN 2008-- Friday at 9 p.m. Bhangra superstar DJ Rekha hosts a spooky evening of dance with guest DJs Choque y Fuga. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. $13.

MATISYAHU-- Saturday at 7 p.m. Before he plays at Sixth and I next week, everyone's favorite Hasidic reggae star is hitting the stage in Baltimore. With Flobots. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Pl., Baltimore. 410-244-8854. $25-$27.50.

Exhibits

JAN LIEVENS: A DUTCH MASTER REDISCOVERED-- Opens today. Through Jan. 11. The painter, printmaker and draftsman -- and friend and rival of Rembrandt -- is the subject of a survey that includes 55 paintings, 30 prints and 50 drawings. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. FREE

ESPRIT DE CORPS-- Closes Monday. Collaged paintings based on the human form by Maryland artist Deborah Addison Coburn. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-953-1993. FREE

IN FORMATION-- Opens Tuesday. Through April 17. Works by Alan Binstock, Philip J. Gross and Doris Colbert Kennedy seek to capture the ever-changing rhythms connecting space and time. American Center for Physics, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park. 301-209-3125. FREE

JOAN GRISWOLD-- Closes Thursday. Paintings focusing on the visual effects of light. Marin-Price Galleries, 7022 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-718-0622. FREE

CARTOONS YOU CAN BELIEVE IN AND THE CARTOONS YOU DESERVE-- Closes Friday. Editorial cartoons by R.J. Matson that ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the New York Observer and Roll Call. Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-965-4601. FREE

GERMAN VITA-- Closes Friday. Photographs illustrate changes in German society over the past four decades. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. FREE

PAINTED SCREENS: A NEW TAKE ON AN OLD TRADITION-- Closes Friday. Contemporary artists showcase one of Baltimore's signature arts. World Trade Center, Top of the World, 401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-837-8439. $5.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: RECENT GIFTS TO THE ACADEMY ART MUSEUM-- Closes Saturday. A selection of gifts from the past two years includes Robert Rauschenberg's sculpture "Tibetan Garden Song." Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton, Md. 410-822-2787. FREE

FRITZ SCHOLDER: INDIAN/NOT INDIAN-- Opens Saturday. Through Aug. 16. A retrospective of the contemporary artist's paintings, bronze sculptures and lithographs. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. FREE

IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THIS WAS, WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS?-- Opens Saturday. Through Dec. 6. Transformer Gallery's sixth D.C. Artist Solo Exhibition highlights the two- and three-dimensional works of Nilay Lawson, a 2002 graduate of the Corcoran College of Art & Design. Transformer Gallery, 1404 P St. NW. 202-483-1102. FREE

KAREN MESINGER MILLER-- Opens Saturday. Through Nov. 30. New jewelry designed and fabricated by the resident artist. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel. 301-953-1993. FREE

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.

HALLOWEEN ON SCREEN-- See Can't Miss.

ANOTHER GAY SEQUEL: GAYS GONE WILD!-- A group of friends enter a radio-sponsored contest in Florida. The goal: to get the most action over spring break. As if they weren't going to do that anyway. This is the sequel to the irreverent comedy "Another Gay Movie." Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-452-7672. $7.50-$10.

CHOOSE CONNOR-- A 15-year-old becomes a "youth campaign spokesman" for a congressman and discovers frightening truths about politics. Starring Steven Weber of "Wings" fame. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-452-7672. $7.50-$10.

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK-- Six of the world's hottest graphic artists and cartoonists breathe life into their nightmares, making "an unprecedented epic where phobias, disgust and nightmares come to life." Sounds like Thanksgiving at our house. In French with English subtitles. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-452-7672. $7.50-$10.

THE OTHER END OF THE LINE-- A young man in San Francisco (Jesse Metcalfe) falls for a woman (Shriya Saran) who works in tech support in India. Then she goes to visit him, but her family disapproves. Troubleshooting ensues.

ROCKNROLLA-- We're not going to say Madge and Guy Ritchie got divorced just to remind people that they both have movies coming out this month. Instead, we'll just say this is a story of sex, thugs and rock-and-roll starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and Ludacris. Landmark's Bethesda Row, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-652-7273. $7.50-$10.

ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO-- Pudgy, gross Seth Rogen bags another hot blonde (Elizabeth Banks) who should know better. How? They agree to make a pornographic movie to make ends meet, and love finds a way. Directed by Kevin Smith.

Sports

CAPITALS-- Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Nashville Predators. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. $25-$225.

WIZARDS-- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The team opens its season at home against the New Jersey Nets. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. $40-$275.

D.C. UNITED-- Wednesday at 8 p.m. against CD Marathon in Champions League play. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. 202-397-7328. $25-$60.

2008 TOUR OF GYMNASTICS SUPERSTARS-- See Can't Miss.

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