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Sunday, November 16, 2008

1.NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY GRAND REOPENING

[EXHIBIT] After more than two years of renovations, this Smithsonian museum is opening its doors again. In addition to the official hoopla at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be music by the Children's Chorus of Washington and the Federal City Brass Band, an aerial demonstration by the Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team, the firing of an authentic War of 1812 cannon, a reading of the Gettysburg Address and more. Then stick around for the Grand Reopening Festival, which runs through the weekend and features family-friendly activities, live music and giveaways.

Ribbon-cutting Friday at 8:30 a.m., festival Friday-Nov. 23. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. FREE

2.I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG

[MOVIE] Kristin Scott Thomas is on the Best Actress Oscar shortlist for her performance as a woman who returns to her family after 15 years in prison. The true nature of her unspeakable crime is slowly revealed to her sister, played by the disarming Elsa Zylberstein, in this painfully intimate character study. In French with English subtitles.

Opens Friday. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $5.50-$10.

3.THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE

[CONCERT] True to their name, these underground favorites concocted their first album, "Connected," by swapping beats and lyrics as e-mail file attachments. The resulting quality of work by Dutch producer Nicolay and North Carolina's Phonte far surpassed the perceived gimmickry of the maneuver, with Nicolay's jazzy atmospherics proving to be the perfect backdrop for Phonte's methodical, mature wordplay. Geography will be no obstacle as the two take the stage in the District in support of their second album, "Leave It All Behind." With Mark de Clive-Lowe and Lady Alma.

Today at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. $18.

4.LOUIS C.K.

[ON STAGE] His short-lived HBO sitcom was a bit of a stumble, but Louis C.K.'s stand-up is still top shelf. His recent Showtime special, "Chewed Up," was gold, but if you are hoping to see some of that material performed live, we have bad news: Louis will be performing all-new jokes. Wait, that's supposed to be good news, isn't it?

Friday at 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328. $30-$35.


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