EVERLAST -- Today, 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.

CAFE TACUBA -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. A Grammy-winning blend of folk, rock, ska and hip-hop from Mexico City. With Ely Guerra. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $30. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.

CYNDI LAUPER -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. Because girls still just want to have fun. With Taylor Dane. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$38. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

VANS WARPED TOUR -- Wednesday, doors at 11 a.m. Bad Religion, New Found Glory, Coheed and Cambria, Anti-Flag, the Bouncing Souls and many more. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $34. 202-397-7328 or 703-754-6400.

CURIOSA FESTIVAL -- Friday, doors at 3:30 p.m. The Cure, Interpol, the Rapture and Mogwai: With a lineup like this, who needs Lollapalooza? Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $40-$75. 202-397-7328 or 301-596-0660.

WOOLY MAMMOTH -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The local stoner-rockers play with Bison and Sons of Disobedience. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

ROOTS ROCK REGGAE FESTIVAL -- Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. With the Marley Brothers, Toots & the Maytels, and more. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$38. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.


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

GIOVANNI PIRANESI AND VIK MUNIZ -- Opens Monday. Through Dec. 31. Etchings by the 18th-century Italian draftsman, shown with Muniz's contemporary reconstruction of the images using pins and sewing thread. National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-334-2436.

THE SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS OF 2004 NATIONAL EXHIBITION -- Closes Monday. 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.

ALL MEDIA JURIED EXHIBITION -- Opens Thursday. Through Aug. 28. Twenty-two local artists are

featured in an exhibition of photography, painting and more. Apex Gallery, 406 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7001.

ACADEMY 2004 -- Opens Friday. Through Aug. 28. Painting, photography and sculpture from recent grads of local art schools, including the Corcoran, Catholic University, Georgetown University, the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Conner Contemporary Art, Second Floor, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-588-8750.

VIVE HAITI: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE HAITIAN DIASPORA -- Closes Friday. Many of the featured artists make their homes outside Haiti and address an emotional and mental attachment to their homeland through their work. Inter-American Development Bank, Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3929.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: DESIGNING AN AMERICAN ASSET -- Through Aug. 8. A survey of affordable housing, highlighting good design and successful communities. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

CELEBRATION AND VISION: THE HEWITT COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART -- Through Aug. 8. Paintings and works on paper by 20 renowned artists, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett, from what's considered one of the most important and comprehensive collections of black art. 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.

RETURN OF THE BUDDHA: THE QINGZHOU DISCOVERIES -- Through Aug. 8. The 35 sixth-century Chinese Buddhist statues on show were unearthed by workers leveling a sports field in 1996. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.


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.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S RAVE -- Opens Wednesday. An adaptaion of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," transposed to a rave in the L.A. suburbs.

THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI -- A samurai film about a 19th-century blind nomad whose humble mien belies his skills as a master swordsman. From director Takeshi Kitano ("Fireworks"). In Japanese with English subtitles. At E Street Cinema.

BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE -- Documentary filmmaker Rick McKay's homage to a century of American theater. More than 100 stars tell their stories. At E Street Cinema.

COLLATERAL -- A Los Angeles cabbie (Jamie Foxx) is taken hostage by a contract killer (Tom Cruise) going from hit to hit.

GARDEN STATE -- Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff, also making his feature-film directorial debut) returns home for his mother's

funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade, and rekindles old ties.

THE INHERITANCE -- When a young Danish man's father dies and his mother insists that he take over the family business, he grapples with his sense of familial duty. In Danish with English subtitles. At Visions Cinema.

INTIMATE STRANGERS -- A woman confesses her marital problems to a financial adviser

she mistakes for a therapist

after opening the wrong office

door. He can't bring himself to tell her the truth, and a strange weekly ritual is born. In French with English subtitles.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK -- Brittany Murphy stars as a TV producer who,frustrated over her boyfriend's unwillingness to talk about his

past relationships, resorts to sneaky information-gathering tactics.

OPEN WATER -- A married couple's scuba diving trip in the Bahamas comes to an abrupt end when they are accidentally left behind on the open ocean.

On Stage


AND POETRY INTROSPECTIVE -- Today at 2 p.m. With local poets

the Poem-cees and the Collective. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15. 877-426-9372.

KDNY DANCE -- Today 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.


3 p.m. 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. Pay-what-you-can. 202-777-3229.

CYRANO -- Today at 7:30 p.m. 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.

PLAYZ -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. Short comic plays about, and in

some cases by, high school

students. Part of the Cappies National Theater showcase for high school thespians. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

WASHINGTON REFLECTIONS DANCE COMPANY -- Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The local dance troupe performs "Reaching New Heights in Columbia Heights," which includes the D.C. premiere of "Brilliant O' Mercy," by Hinton Battle. Proceeds to support the construction of a new facility for the Dance Institute of Washington. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $15-$35. 202-397-7328.


at 8 p.m. and Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. The duo performs "Catching Weight," a piece choreographed to bluegrass music by David Grisman, and "Wrapped," which presents the unlikely coupling of martial arts and bubble wrap. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE -- Through Aug. 8. Sally Field stars in Tennessee Williams's play about a Depression-era family trapped by their memories of the past. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$75. 202-467-4600.

DNA: DRAMA, NUANCE, ATTITUDE -- Through Aug. 8 The Black Women Playwrights' Group presents ruminations on the essence of life. Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St. NW. $15-$20. 202-315-1321.

FIFTEEN ROUNDS WITH JACKSON POLLACK -- Through Aug. 8. A glimpse into the world inhabited by the abstract expressionist painter during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $12-$22; Wednesday at 8 p.m. pay-what-you-can. 202-783-3933.

WAITING FOR GODOT -- Through Aug. 8. Firebelly Productions presents Samuel Beckett's story of two vagabonds and one hell of a wait. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $5-$15. 703-409-2372.

THE WHO'S TOMMY -- Through Aug. 8. Pete Townshend's rock opera rocks on. Studio Theatre, Secondstage, 1333 P St. NW. $30. 202-332-3300.

Modern dance choreographers Jessica Marchant and Stefanie Quinones perform at Dance Place on Saturday.