TALIB KWELI -- Today at 7 p.m. The former Black Star MC performs with underground rhymer MF Doom.
9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.
MADONNA -- Today and Monday at 8 p.m. On her "Re-Invention" tour, the pop diva plays hits from "Borderline" to "Ray of Light." MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $48-$303. 202-397-7328.
NEKO CASE -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The Canadian honky-tonk singer-songwriter plays with the Mendoza Line. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $14. 202-667-7960.
PEDRO THE LION -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. David Bazan and company play with John Vanderslice. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.
LAST TRAIN HOME -- Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. The band comes home from Nashville for two nights. Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. 703-522-8340.
MC5/DKT -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. Kick out the jams! The proto-punk band appears with original members Wayne Kramer, Dennis Thompson and Michael Davis, plus Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Evan Dando (the Lemonheads) and Marshall Crenshaw. With Cobra Verde. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. 202-667-7960.
JESSICA SIMPSON -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The pop singer's "Reality" tour, with Ryan Cabrera. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $21.50-$51.50. 202-397-7328 or 703-754-6400.
AMERICAN DEBUT -- Closes Wednesday. 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.
THE BEATLES: BACKSTAGE AND BEHIND THE SCENES AND MIKE MCCARTNEY'S LIVERPOOL LIFE -- Closes Wednesday. Two photo shows, one of never-before-published pictures from the CBS Photo Archive and the other of black-and-whites by Paul's brother (including family candids). National Museum of American History, Printing and Graphic Arts Gallery, Third Floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.
DIEGO Y FRIDA: A SMILE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD -- Opens Thursday. Through Aug. 27. A collection of photographs of iconic Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. During their 25-year marriage, their image was captured by peers including Edward Weston, Nickolas Murray and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. 202-232-8674, Ext. 8.
FOCUS ON THE SOUL: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF LOTTE JACOBI -- Opens Friday. Through Sept. 5. The first major U.S. retrospective of the German American photographer's work features more than 80 of her images. Included are portraits, dance and theater photos, and works from her Photogenics series, in which she explores the use of light and movement as vehicles for expression. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6-$8, younger than 18 free. 202-783-5000.
DAN TREADO: INVISIBLE THINGS -- Closes Saturday. The artist uses tools such as squeegees and scrapers to manipulate solvent and oil paint. Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-338-5180.
FINE ART IN MINIATURE -- Opens Saturday. Through July 12. Paintings including landscapes, portraits and still lifes no larger than 35 inches square. More than 1,100 miniatures by 630 artists hailing from eight countries. S. Dillon Ripley Center, International Gallery, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. 202-357-3030.
LIQUID STONE: NEW ARCHITECTURE IN CONCRETE -- Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 23. A look at 30 recent projects that use concrete in innovative ways, represented by photos, models and material samples. The pieces are organized according to structure, surface
and form. With information
stations about the technology
of working with concrete. National Building Museum, 401 F St.
NW. $5 suggested donation. 202-272-2448.
THE SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS OF 2004 NATIONAL EXHIBITION -- Opens Saturday. Through Aug. 2. Contest winners from Scholastic Magazine's annual survey of the best visual art and creative writing from U.S. students in grades 7-12. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $6.75, seniors $4.75, families $12, students $3, younger than 12 free; Mondays and Thursdays after 5 p.m. pay-what-you-can. 202-639-1700.
WORK AND COMERCE: EVERYDAY LIFE IN CHINESE PAINTING -- Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 17. A collection of hanging scrolls, fans, album leaves and hand scrolls that depict the lives of farmers, fishermen, weavers and other workers, as opposed to the lives of the elite. Freer Gallery
of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
KERRY JAMES MARSHALL: ONE TRUE THING, MEDITATIONS ON BLACK AESTHETICS -- Opens June 20. Through Sept. 5. The artist looks at black history and identity in more than 40 works, including paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. $7, seniors and students $5, children free, first Thursday of the month free. 410-396-7100.
Films open Friday unless otherwise noted. Check www.washingtonpost.com/movies or Friday's Weekend section for details. All movies are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS -- Opens Wednesday. Jackie Chan stars in a new take on Jules Verne's classic race-against-time adventure.
CONTROL ROOM -- A documentary about Arab news network Al Jazeera and global perception of the Iraq war.
DODGEBALL -- Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn compete in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament as Vaughn tries to save his gym from being gentrified into an upscale fitness club.
HARD GOODBYES: MY FATHER -- A Greek film about a 10-year-old boy's pact with his often absent father to watch the 1969 moon landing together. At Visions Cinema.
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE -- Misfit Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) tries to help his best friend, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), win the student body presidency from mean girl Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff).
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL -- Combines documentary and narrative fiction to tell the story of a family of herders in Mongolia's Gobi Desert who are determined to save the life of a newborn albino camel.
THE TERMINAL -- Tom Hanks stars as an Eastern European refugee fleeing from WWII who lands at an American airport and learns that his country has ceased to exist. Also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.
THE TRILOGY: AN AMAZING COUPLE -- A romantic comedy from French director Louis Belvaux. A hypochondriac needs to have a routine operation but is afraid it will kill him. His wife mistakes his secrecy for an affair and hires a private eye to follow him, but the detective falls in love with her. Part of a trilogy of films in different genres with overlapping characters.
THE TRILOGY: AFTER THE LIFE -- The final installment in Belvaux's trilogy is a melodrama about a man torn between devotion to his job and spending time with his wife, who is slipping into morphine addiction.
DANCEAFRICA D.C. 2004 -- Closes today. "Healing the Body and Soul" is the theme of this year's festival of African dance and music. Griot Chuck Davis hosts performances by Coyaba Dance Theater, Ezibu
Munto Dancers and Drummers, FaraFina, Sankofa Dance Theater,
and more. Dance Place, 3225
Eighth St. NE. Outdoor events free, other performances $12-$25. 202-269-1600.
DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM -- Today at 1:30 p.m. Includes Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments" and the Washington premiere of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet." Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $27-$82. 202-467-4600.
A DISTANT COUNTRY CALLED YOUTH -- Closes today. Richard Thomas stars in a one-man show about the life of Tennessee Williams, based on the writer's correspondence with his family. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.
THE RADIANT ABYSS -- Opens Tuesday. Through July 18. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company closes its 2003-2004 season with an original play by Angus MacLachlan. When a scheming property manager persuades her young lover and his girlfriend to take part in a crime against the suspicious church next door, her plans go horribly awry. Kennedy Center, Film Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$39, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. pay-what-you-can. 202-467-4600.
CYRANO -- Opens Tuesday. Through Aug. 1. The Shakespeare Theater closes its 2003-2004 season with a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac." Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $16-$66. 202-547-1122.
RIVERDANCE -- Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday-June 20 at 2 p.m. The Irish song and dance spectacular has entertained 16 million people worldwide. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $20-$65. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.
THE UNDERPANTS -- Opens Thursday. Through July 11. Steve Martin's adaptation of a social satire by German playwright Carl Sternheim, about a government clerk whose wife drops her underpants in public. Directed by Steven Carpenter. By the Washington Stage Guild. 1901 14th St. NW. $25-$28. 240-582-0050.
NBA FINALS -- The Lakers take on the Pistons in Game 4 tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.