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Sunday, December 7, 2008



[MOVIE] From Grecian islands to the chilly Bronx of the 1960s, Meryl Streep does a 180-degree turn from this summer's "Mamma Mia!" to play an authoritarian nun who leads a crusade against a priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) whom she suspects of illicit activity. Based on the spine-tingling Broadway play by John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck"), and co-starring the electrifying Viola Davis (Oscar, here she comes) and the effervescent Amy Adams.

Opens Friday.


[CONCERT] If you caught Legend's appearance on Comedy Central's "A Colbert Christmas," you'll probably never think of nutmeg the same way again. But that's the thing about Legend: That, um, legendary voice can make even the most ubiquitous seasoning seem like a potent aphrodisiac. When he's not singing about spices, he's performing material from his latest album, "Evolver," which was released in October. It hasn't earned the same buzz as his 2004 debut, "Get Lifted," but even without all the seasoning, Legend still has flavor. With Raphael Saadiq.

Tuesday at 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780 or 202-397-7328. $71.


[EXHIBIT] The Hirshhorn considers its collection of figurative art to be among its most important. Using some of its best examples, the museum's new show explores how expressionistic and surrealistic impulses have evolved in the past half-century. Standouts (among the standouts) include pieces by Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon.

Opens Thursday. Through fall 2009. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. FREE


[ON STAGE] Seeing Les Miz usually means trying to land orchestra seats but ultimately settling for a pair on the third-tier balcony. That's not the case here, as Signature has adapted the musical epic to its 280-seat black box space. A cast of 28 and a 14-member orchestra tell Victor Hugo's classic story of fugitive Jean Valjean and his efforts to become a force for good in the world after being in prison for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. The problem is, the obsessive Inspector Javert doesn't want to let him forget.

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