DAVID BOWIE -- Today at 7:30 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $43-$58.50. 202-397-7328.

SEVENTH ANNUAL HIP-HOP APPRECIATION WEEK -- Today, doors at 7:30 p.m. KRS-One with Big Daddy Kane and Speech from Arrested Development. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

NILS LOFGREN -- Tuesday-Thursday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. The rock guitarist has played with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. Tuesday-Thursday: Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, $54.45, 410-268-4545. Saturday: State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, $26, 703-237-0300.

ZERO 7 -- Wednesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. English electronica a la French duo Air. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.

HFSTIVAL -- Saturday, gates at 10 a.m. The huge lineup on multiple stages includes the Cure, Cypress Hill, Jay-Z, P.O.D., the Violent Femmes and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's. RKF Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $40. 202-397-7328.


PORTRAIT PROJECT -- Opens today. "Evening of Art & Music" gala Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Through May 28. To celebrate the center's 30th anniversary, 42 resident artists made portraits of each other in a variety of media. Each piece

captures the personalities and styles of the creator and subject. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N.

Union St., Alexandria. Free, gala $50. 703-838-4565.

MARCHING TOWARD JUSTICE: THE HISTORY OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION -- Opens Monday. Through July 30. A pictorial exhibit of more than 100 images from 1619 to 1957, chronicling the journey of Africans to this country, the harsh realities of slavery, and struggles for justice and equality. Howard University School of Law Library, 2900 Van Ness St. NW. Free. 202-806-8084 or 202-806-8071.

DOGS: WOLF, MYTH, HERO & FRIEND -- Opens Thursday. "A Dog Day Afternoon" Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sept. 6. An investigation of the relationship between canines and humans through multimedia displays, photo murals and dioramas. Includes a "howling area" and a simulated snow scene that shows what it's like to be saved by a search-and-rescue dog. The Saturday festival includes bomb-sniffing demos, terrier races, a fashion show and a pet psychic. National Geographic Society, Explorers Hall, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7588.

VLADRACUL -- Opens Thursday. Reception 6-8 p.m. Through Aug. 27. German guerrilla artist Johnny de Brest's photo novella is set in modern-day Berlin and Poland and based on the Dracula tale. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. For reception reservations, call 202-289-1200, Ext. 166.

AMERICAN DEBUT -- Opens Friday. Reception 6-9 p.m. Through June 16. Cuban Sandra Ramos, whose work hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, addresses racism, migration, freedom and other subjects taboo in her society. Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW. Free. 202-298-6450.

NONG: PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURE BY A KOREAN MASTER -- Opens Friday. Reception 6-8 p.m. Through July 3. The self-trained artist depicts traditional Korean objects and visionary nighttime landscapes. Dega Gallery, 8100 Old Dominion Dr., McLean. Free. 703-760-7616.

13TH ANNUAL NORTHERN VIRGINIA FINE ARTS FESTIVAL -- Saturday-May 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. More than 180 painters, sculptors, crafters, jewelers and other artists, plus music, strolling entertainers, food and more. Reston Town Center, 11911 Freedom Dr., Reston. $5. 703-471-9242.

SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE RURAL STUDIO: COMMUNITY ARCHITECTURE -- Opens Saturday. Through Sept. 6. A survey of work by Auburn University's Rural Studio, including projects completed after founder Mockbee's death in 2001. The architect had encouraged students to use innovative low-cost materials including used tires, shredded cardboard and salvaged bricks. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.


Films open Friday unless otherwise noted. Check or Friday's Weekend section for details. All movies are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change.

SHREK 2 -- In this sequel, newlyweds Shrek (Mike Myers) and Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) visit her parents. Antonio Banderas voices the new character Puss in Boots. Opens Wednesday.

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI -- The Oscar-winning war film starring Alec Guinness and William Holden was the first of director David Lean's widescreen epics. At AFI Silver Theatre.

COFFEE AND CIGARETTES -- Jim Jarmusch's black-and-white film is made up of a series of vignettes with people sipping java and smoking, and features Bill Murray, Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Alfred Molina, Steve Buscemi, Steven Wright, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Meg White, Jack White and Steve Coogan.

THE ISLE -- Kim Ki-Kuk's disturbing tale about a woman who offers sexual pleasures to men visiting her seaside village. Part of the "Truly Shocking Showcase" series. At Visions Cinema.

LANA'S RAIN -- Ukrainian actress Oksana Orlenko plays a Balkan woman pulled into her brother's criminal world on the streets of Chicago. At Visions Cinema.

THE RETURN -- In contemporary Russia, two brothers go on a fishing trip with their father, who has just returned after a 12-year absence, but the reunion is difficult. At Landmark's E Street Cinema.

STATESIDE -- Based on a true story. An outlaw rich kid (Jonathan Tucker) who lands in the Marine Corps (with drill instructor Val Kilmer) falls in love with a patient at a mental hospital (Rachael Leigh Cook).

VALENTIN -- In turbulent 1969 Argentina, a 10-year-old boy is estranged from his eccentric parents and lives with his grandmother.

On Stage

KUNQU THEATER: DRAMA IN THE TEMPLE -- Today at 3 p.m. The Shanghai Kunqu Troupe performs classic Chinese theater. Includes introductions by storyteller Linda Fang and music by an ensemble led by Zhou Ming. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson

Drive and 12th Street SW. $21. 202-357-3030.

LA TRAVIATA -- Today at 4 p.m. The Washington National Opera performs highlights from Verdi's tragic love story. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-275-2312.

HUGH MASEKELA & FRIENDS -- SOUTH AFRICA: 10 YEARS OF FREEDOM -- Today at 7 p.m. The jazz trumpeter is joined by vocalists and the South African contemporary dance company Moving Into Dance Mophatong. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$50. 202-467-4600.

OUT!WORDS -- Monday at 7 p.m. The Actors' Theatre of Washington presents gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender works by local and national playwrights. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. Pay-what-you-can. 202-319-7227.

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN -- Opens Wednesday. Through June 27. From Martin McDonagh, who wrote the award-winning "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," this loopy comedy is full of eccentric characters, including a young vixen, a gossip and a drunk in her nineties. Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $25-$45, Saturday at 2 p.m. pay-what-you-can. 202-332-3300.

I THOUGHT THE RAIN WAS SUPPOSED TO STOP -- Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A one-act musical about the relentless nature of living with a disability. Performed by Wings Company, an ensemble including actors with physical and developmental disabilities. Imagination Stage, 4908

Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $5-$6. 301-280-1660.

MAHALIA: A GOSPEL MUSICAL -- Opens Thursday. Through July 11. Bernardine Mitchell stars as the gospel singer. MetroStage,

1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703-548-9044.

THE MIKADO -- Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players perform the musical. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $10-$36. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

MOVEMENT/ADDICTION -- Friday at 8 p.m. Renee Brozic and Sarah Seely direct the dance company in an exploration of psychic centering and the "traumas of fashion," to jazz accompaniment by the Financial Group, led by Chris Pumphrey. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. $12. 410-276-1651.

NEW LANDSCAPE -- Saturday at 8 p.m., May 23 at 7 p.m. National and local emerging artists including Christal Brown, Emily Crews, Tania Isaacs, Sharon Mansur, Jessica Marchant, Tenille Redmond and Arachne Aerial Arts. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.


NATIONAL ZOOFARI ELEPHANT ROMP -- Thursday, 6:30-10 p.m. Gourmet food by chefs from 100 local restaurants, wines from around the world, 10 musical acts, dancing and more. Benefits the Asia Trail and other programs. National Zoo,

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $135. 202-673-4613.

33 WEST CD RELEASE PARTY -- Friday at 7 p.m. The local rock/punk/reggae/ska band celebrates its first full-length CD, "So Far Off to a Bad Start." With Urban Style, Frontpage and Driving East. Chantilly Events Center, 4600 Brookfield Corporate Dr., Chantilly. $7. 703-378-6600.


THIRD ANNUAL DRAGON-BOAT RACE -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The ancient Chinese sport includes 22-member teams in colorfully painted boats racing on the Potomac River between the Key Bridge and Thompson Boat Center. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. Free. 202-298-9222.

Dancer Christal Brown and other emerging artists perform in "New Landscape" at Dance Place on Saturday at 8 p.m.