THE BAD PLUS -- Monday, doors at 7:30 p.m. Pop- and rock-influenced jazz that draws from Blondie and Black Sabbath, as well as Bud Powell. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

GIPSY KINGS -- Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. The world music stars perform a blend of pop and flamenco. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$40. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

QUESTLOVE -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The Roots' DJ demonstrates his turntabling skills, with visuals by Dissident Display. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

BIG BOI -- Saturday at 5 p.m. Half of the Grammy-winning duo

OutKast. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10. 202-397-7328 or 301-596-0660.

RUN FOR COVER -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Cover bands play 10-minute sets. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

EVERLAST -- Aug. 1, doors at 7:30 p.m. The former House of Pain emcee turned acoustic singer-songwriter performs with Buddahead. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.


COURTLY ART OF THE ANCIENT MAYA -- Closes today. The first exhibition to examine religious and political power in the Maya court includes 130 works, such as stone sculptures, ceramics, precious stones and shells -- many pieces on view for the first time in this country. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

THE CUBIST PAINTINGS OF DIEGO RIVERA: MEMORY, POLITICS, PLACE -- Closes today. Twenty paintings from the artist's little-known Cubist period. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

MARCHING TOWARD JUSTICE: THE HISTORY OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT -- Closes Wednesday. A pictorial exhibit of more than 100 images from 1619 to 1957, chronicling the journey of Africans to the United States, 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.

PARTS & PROJECTS -- Closes Thursday. Photography by Nikki S. Lee, the artist/performer known for self-portraits in which she's disguised as a member of various subcultures: punk rockers, yuppies, skateboarders, tourists and more. Numark Gallery, 625-27 E St. NW. Free. 202-628-3810.

THE JEFFERSON PROJECT -- Closes Saturday. An installation by Carrie Mae Weems that explores the possibilities posed by evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemmings. With digital photographs on muslin banners. G Fine Art, 926 N St. NW. Free. 202-333-0300.

SEVEN MORE (THINGS WE LIKE) -- Closes Saturday. Paintings, photography, video installations

and more from artists Reverend Ethan Acres, Sarah Beddington,

Marc Dennis, Jennifer Dorsey,

Joe Ovelman, Adam Pendleton

and P. Elaine Sharpe. Conner Contemporary Art, Second Floor, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-588-8750.

THE TRUE ARTIST IS AN AMAZING LUMINOUS FOUNTAIN -- Closes Saturday. Selected works from the di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature, the largest collection of contemporary San Francisco Bay area art. The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. $8. 202-337-3050.

DRAWINGS OF JIM DINE -- Through Aug. 1. The exhibit focuses on the draftsman's iconic images of tools, studies of ancient sculpture and nature, and portrayals of famous characters such as Pinocchio. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


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.

HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE -- A pair of stoner roommates in New Jersey,

one a Korean American

investment banker, the other

an Indian American pre-med

student, embark upon a life-

changing journey.

A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD -- Two best friends from Cleveland (Colin Farrell and

Dallas Roberts) move to New York

in the early 1980s and become involved in a love triangle with

an older woman (Robin Wright Penn). With Sissy Spacek. Directed by D.C. native Michael Mayer,

based on the novel by Michael Cunningham.

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE -- Maj. Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) is a Gulf War veteran who becomes suspicious of his wartime experience when Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), the son of a powerful senator (Meryl Streep), becomes a candidate for vice president. Based on the 1962 psychological thriller.

MARIA FULL OF GRACE -- To flee her village and its diminished prospects, a young Colombian girl agrees to smuggle drugs to New York.

METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER -- This documentary follows the members of the world's biggest heavy metal band as they struggle to make an album when their friendship hits an all-time low. Can $40,000 a month in counseling save their music and sanity?

ORWELL ROLLS IN HIS GRAVE -- Director Robert Kane Pappas takes on big media in a documentary that explores how a handful of corporations control the news and fail to cover what really happens in Washington. At AFI Silver.

A THOUSAND CLOUDS OF PEACE -- Set in Mexico City. A gay teenager roams the streets searching for someone who can reveal the secret meaning of an ex-lover's goodbye note. In Spanish with English subtitles. At E Street Cinema.

THUNDERBIRDS -- A live-action version of the British sci-fi TV series about a mysterious band of high-tech heroes called International Rescue.

TWIST -- A modern take on Charles Dickens's "Oliver Twist," transposed to the streets of Toronto. When Oliver (Joshua Close) falls in with a group of down-and-out men, Dodge (Nick Stahl) introduces him to a life of drugs and hustling. At E Street Cinema.

THE VILLAGE -- The spooky tale of a remote town in Pennsylvania surrounded by a forest where mysterious, unseen creatures live, directed by M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense," "Signs").

On Stage

SO GOES A NATION -- Today at 5 p.m. The story of four black women linked by life-changing battles with HIV. Written and directed by N. LaQuis Harkins. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15. 877-426-9372.

LI CHIAO-PING DANCE -- Today at 7 p.m. Choreographer-dancer Li Chiao-Ping brings her Madison, Wis.-based dance troupe to the District. The ensemble is known for emotionally charged, athletic performances. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.

THE ANTI-STEPFORD WIVES FESTIVAL -- Today, Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Featuring pieces by local women playwrights. Today: "Utopia Parkway" by Sidra Rausch, about a Jewish girl and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s. Monday: "Cream Soda and Creme de Menthe" by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, the story of a young black girl growing up between two worlds in the 1960s; with "Artemesia and Hildegarde" by Carolyn Gage, a look at two famous painters and their struggles with men. Tuesday: "Frida Vice-Versa" by Marian Licha and R. Dennis Green, a one-woman show about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $10. 202-783-3933.

KABUKI IN WASHINGTON -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Renowned actor Nakamura Kankuro and his troupe perform two pieces, the comedy "Bo-shibari," the story of two servants who try to sneak sake from their master, and "Renjishi," based on the traditional Kabuki lion dance. One of only three U.S. performances. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $20-$75. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

THE DEFINITION OF: A HIP HOP AND POETRY INTROSPECTIVE -- Opens Thursday. Through Aug. 1. Features local poets and spoken-word performers. Thursday: Psalmayene 24 and the Poem-cees. Friday: Psalmayene 24 and the Collective. Saturday and Aug. 1: the Poem-cees and the Collective. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15. 877-426-9372.

KDNY DANCE -- Saturday at 8 p.m. and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Kathleen Dyer's modern dance company performs comedic and dramatic works. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.

CYRANO -- 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. $19.75-$66. 202-547-1122.

OH, THE INNOCENTS -- Through Aug. 1. A comedy about young people trying to make music in Washington. Written by Ari Roth, with original music by the author. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $21-$34. 202-777-3229.


TOUR DE FRANCE -- Today at 2 p.m. on CBS. The 20th and final stage of the 261-mile bike race ends in Paris.

A still from "Orwell Rolls in his Grave," documentarian Robert Kane Pappas's look at how corporations sway the media. Opens Friday.