ELEFANT -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. Indie-pop, with Ambulance Ltd. and Elkland. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

WHITE FLIGHT -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. Two former members of D.C. post-punk group Black Eyes. With Manhunter and Food for Animals. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

STIFF LITTLE FINGERS -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The punk godfathers play with Throw Rag and God Awfuls. Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

NORAH JONES -- Friday at 8 p.m. The singer performs her Grammy-winning blend of jazz and pop. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $40-$58. 202-397-7328 or 301-596-0660.

USHER -- Friday at 8 p.m. The chart-topper performs with Kanye West. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $49.50-$78. 202-397-7328.


WHISTLER IN PARIS: LITHOGRAPHS FROM THE BELLE EPOQUE -- Closes today. Twenty-six prints made between 1891 and 1896 that depict Parisian life. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson

Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

2004 CORCORAN FACULTY BIENNIAL -- Opens Wednesday. Through Sept. 13. Recent work, including painting and sculpture, from Corcoran College of Art

and Design faculty. 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-as-you-can. 202-639-1700.

ARTS OF MUGHAL INDIA -- Opens Saturday. Through Feb. 6. Paintings and decorative objects from 16th- and 17th-century Mughal India. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

1460 WALL MOUNTABLES -- Through Aug. 22. Reception

Friday at 7 p.m. Artists purchase 2-by-2-foot spaces to show and sell their work. (Space available for hanging Wednesday-Friday on a first-come, first-served basis. $10 per square.) District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. 202-462-7833.

IN2WORDS: WORDS -- Through Aug. 22. An examination of

the use of language in contemporary art, juried by the National Museum of Women in the Arts' Krystyna Wasserman. Torpedo Factory

Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565.


Through Aug. 22. Thirty-seven humorous sketches by the 19th-century artist that recall his

youth in Baltimore, his travels and his favorite literature. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. $8, seniors $6, college students and ages 18-25 $5, children free; first Thursday of the month free. 410-547-9000.


DISNEY CONCERT HALL -- Through Aug. 22. Gil Garcetti's photographs of the Frank Gehry project in

Los Angeles. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

AUGUST SANDER: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A GERMAN LANDSCAPE -- Through Sept. 5. Gallery talk Thursday at 6 and 7 p.m. After Sander's depiction of German society was censored by the Nazis, he turned his lens to nature and the countryside near Cologne. The Phillips Collection, 1600

21st St. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, younger than 18 free. 202-387-2151.

LIFE AND LEISURE: EVERYDAY LIFE IN JAPANESE ART -- Through Feb. 6. Paintings and ceramics from Japan's Edo period depict customs, occupations, leisure time and the activities of the samurai during the last phase of warrior rule by shoguns. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.


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.

BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI -- Sixteen-year-old Shlomi (Oshri Cohen) struggles to keep peace in his dysfunctional household by cooking everyone's favorite dishes.

DONNIE DARKO: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT -- A new and improved version of the cult favorite. A detached high school student (Jake Gyllenhaal) believes that a six-foot bunny rabbit is ordering him to perform evil deeds. His only friends are a new student named Gretchen (Jena Malone), two sympathetic schoolteachers (Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle) and the mysterious Grandma Death (Joan M. Blair), the town kook and author of a book about time travel.

EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING -- A prequel to the 1973 horror classic. Years before saving Regan MacNeil's soul, Father Lancaster Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) has his first encounter with evil in East Africa.

ROSENSTRASSE -- Hannah (Maria Schrader) tries to come to terms with her mother's experience during World War II by traveling to Berlin, where she learns about the women of Rosenstrasse, gentiles who tried to save their Jewish husbands from the Nazi death camps.

SHE HATE ME -- Out-of-work exec Jack Armstrong (Anthony Mackie) finds himself in the baby-making business when his former girlfriend Fatima (Kerry Washington), a powerful businesswoman and now a lesbian, offers him cash to impregnate her and her girlfriend, Alex (Dania Ramirez). Directed by Spike Lee.

STANDER -- A drama about the life of Andre Stander, a South African police captain who became one of the country's most notorious bank robbers.

WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE -- Terry and Jack Linden (Laura Dern and Mark Ruffalo) are close friends with Edith and Hank Evans (Naomi Watts and Peter Krause). When Jack and Edith have an affair, both marriages are threatened.

WITHOUT A PADDLE -- In this screwball comedy, Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard take a canoe upriver into the Oregon wilderness to find lost treasure -- and everything goes wrong. With Burt Reynolds as a crazed mountain man.

On Stage

ANTIGUA -- Today at 2 p.m. Repressed tensions in a multiracial New York Jewish family surface during a condolence call. Written by Paula Alprin and produced by Natural Theatricals. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-739-9338.

COPENHAGEN -- Today at 2 p.m. A play about a meeting between two atomic scientists on opposite sides of World War II, and how it may have changed the course of history. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$36. 301-924-3400.

ONE RED FLOWER -- Opens Tuesday. Through Oct 3. A musical by Paris Barclay, adapted from the book "Dear America: Letters From Vietnam," that looks at the Vietnam War from the perspective of soldiers who fought there. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$47. 703-218-6500.

BAD GIRLS III: THE REDEMPTION -- Opens Thursday. Through Sept. 12. A night of feminist theater featuring an ensemble cast in seven short plays: Dale Spender's "A Chat With Mrs. Chicky," Cherisse Montgomery's "Lillian Goes to the Mirror," Jen Bindeman's "Grapefruit Diet," Jae Kramisen's "Love is Murder," Linda Suzuki's "Just Sex (Jazz Hands)," Jenny Klion's "Stake Bite" and Judith Montague's "Too Much Latin." Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20. 202-783-3933.

THE PRODUCERS -- Through Aug. 22. Mel Brooks's musical smash. The story of a down-and-out theater producer and an accountant who team up to scam Broadway with a surefire flop. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $35-$90. 202-467-4600.

BECKETT: THE SHORTER PLAYS -- Through Aug. 29. Samuel Beckett's lesser-known short works, including "Krapp's Last Tape," "Rockaby," "Come and Go," "Breath," "Catastrophe," "Footfalls" and "Not I."

Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $15, students and seniors $12. 202-488-3300.

CROWNS -- Through Aug. 29. A return engagement of Regina Taylor's gospel-influenced musical based on the book "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats." Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $47-$66. 202-488-3300.


AND 1 MIX TAPE TOUR -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Open Run at 4 p.m. Street basketball exhibition with former Georgetown Hoya Lonnie Harrell, aka Prime Objective. At Open Run, show your skills for a chance to play with the And 1 Mix Tape Players. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $20-$75 for the exhibition; Open Run free. 202-432-7328.

LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC -- Today at 11 a.m., Monday-Thursday at 4 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., Aug. 22 at 12:30 p.m. Saturday televised by Fox Sports Net, Aug. 22 by CBS. Players include Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake and Alex Corretja. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. $9-$44. 202-397-7328.

"Grove in the Hohes Venn During Calm Weather," by German photographer August Sander, is part of an exhibition of the artist's work showing at the Phillips Collection through Sept. 5. (See Exhibits, this page.)