THELONIUS MONK JAZZ VOCAL COMPETITION -- Semifinals today at 1 p.m., finals Monday at 7:30 p.m. Thirteen emerging jazz vocalists compete for a scholarship package. Hosted by Herbie Hancock and Billie Dee Williams, with Quincy Jones. Today: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free; tickets distributed at 11:30 a.m. 202-357-2700. Monday: Kennedy Center, Eisenhower

Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.

BRANFORD MARSALIS -- Thursday-Sept. 19 at 8 and 10 p.m. The jazz saxophonist performs. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30. 202-337-4141.

MINUS THE BEAR -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Indie-rock, with Paris Texas and Statistics. Black

Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

JACK JOHNSON -- Friday at 5:30 p.m. The surfer-turned-singer-songwriter plays with G. Love and Special Sauce. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $35. 202-397-7328 or 301-596-0660.

LUNGFISH -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The perennial Baltimore post-punk group plays with Et At It and Entrance. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

ALICIA KEYS -- Saturday at 8 p.m. The R&B singer performs songs from "The Diary of Alicia Keys." Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. $49.50-$79.50. 410-659-9540.

THE METHADONES -- Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Punk rock featuring members of Screeching Weasel and the Vindictives. With the Dents.

DC 9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. $6. 202-483-5000.

THE THRILLS -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Dublin's answer to the Beach Boys and the Byrds. With the Zutons. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $14. 202-667-7960.


at 10 p.m. A rollicking mash-up

of funk, gospel, blues and soul.

9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.


NORDIC COOL: HOT WOMEN DESIGNERS -- Closes today. More than 200 projects made in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden include furniture, housewares, textiles, fashion and Web design. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, children free. 202-783-7370.

2004 CORCORAN FACULTY BIENNIAL -- Closes Monday. Recent work, including paintings and sculpture, by 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; Monday after 5 p.m. pay-as-you-can. 202-639-1700.

IN SEARCH OF SELF -- Closes Monday. Geometric abstractions by Washington artist Anil Revri. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $6.75, seniors $4.75, families $12, students $3, younger than 12 free; Monday after 5 p.m. pay-as-you-can. 202-639-1700.

ANCIENT MICROWORLDS -- Closes Wednesday. Photographs of fossils, many under high magnification, by Giraud Foster, an archaeologist, physician and biochemist. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

THE ARTIST'S STUDIO -- Opens Wednesday. Through Dec. 6. Prints, drawings and photographs of 50 artists at work, including Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. 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.

BEATLES '64: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF MORTON TADDER -- Opens Wednesday. Through Feb. 15. The Baltimore photographer's images of the Fab Four's Sept. 13, 1964, visit to Charm City. Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. $8, students and ages 13-17 $6, ages 3-12 $4. 410-685-3750.

FROM LAMPS TO LUNCHBOXES: ALADDIN INDUSTRIES INC. -- Opens Wednesday. Through Nov. 10. An exhibit of vintage thermoses, lunchboxes and more. National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

INCORPORATING PROCESS -- Opens Thursday. Abstract photos by Kristi Mathews. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. 202-661-7582.

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME: PHOTOGRAPHS OF MUHAMMAD ALI -- Opens Friday; reception 6-9 p.m. Through Oct. 17. Sports photographer Neil Leifer's iconic images of the champ. Govinda Gallery, 1227 34th St. NW. Free. 202-333-1180.


More than 70 ceramic, bronze, wood and jade items spanning 4,000 years, from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

GENE DAVIS: COLOR -- Opens Saturday. Through Oct. 30. Paintings, watercolors, prints and marker drawings from the Washington Color School-affiliated artist's estate. Marsha Mateyka Gallery, 2012 R St. NW. Free. 202-328-0088.

WHAT'S THE STORY: NARRATIVE ART FROM THE WATKINS COLLECTION -- Closes Saturday. Paintings, print and drawings by Heinrich Campendonk, Marc Chagall, Rockwell Kent, Red Grooms, Jody Mussoff, Jack Perlmutter and others. American University, Watkins Gallery, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-1670.


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.

END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES -- Gabba gabba hey! A feature documentary about the godfathers of punk rock. At E Street Cinema.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE -- An anime film about a cyborg detective who investigates a string of murders by a female robot. At E Street Cinema.

MR. 3000 -- Bernie Mac is a retired ballplayer who finds out he never really reached his official 3,000 hits, so he tries to make a comeback to set the record straight.

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S GOLD DIGGERS -- Leonard Smallwood (Chris Owen) and Calvin Menhoffer (Will Friedle) are two losers who marry two elderly sisters (Louise Lasser and Renee Taylor) in the hopes of obtaining the women's Beverly Hills estate.

SILVER CITY -- A political satire by John Sayles about a bumbling politician's bid to become governor of Colorado. With Daryl Hannah, Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Roth and Chris Cooper.

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW -- Reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) teams up with ace aviator Joseph "Sky Captain" Sullivan (Jude Law) to save the world from a mad scientist bent on world domination. Angelina Jolie also stars.

WIMBLEDON -- Tennis champ Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst) helps struggling pro Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) get his game back.

On Stage

BAD GIRLS III: THE REDEMPTION -- Today at 3 p.m. 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.

WASHINGTON REFLECTIONS DANCE COMPANY -- Today at 4:45 p.m. The local troupe performs "Drastic Cuts" by Donald Byrd and Ray Tadio's "Rosa," a tribute to Rosa Parks. Part of the Kennedy Center's Open House Arts Festival. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

IVONA, PRINCESS OF BURGUNDIA -- Opens Monday. Through Oct. 3. Polish author Witold Gombrowicz's quirky fairy tale about a dashing prince and his unpopular choice for a princess. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20-$25. 703-684-7990 or 202-783-3933.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING -- Opens Thursday. Through Oct. 10. African Continuum Theatre Company performs Ernest J. Gaines's play about an innocent black man sentenced to death in 1948 Louisiana. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $15-$30. 800-494-8497.

VAREKAI -- Opens Thursday. Through Oct. 24. Cirque du

Soleil blends drama and death-defying acrobatics in a

story about a young man's journey through a magical world. RFK Stadium grounds, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. $55-$75, students $49.50-$67.50, ages 2-12 $38.50-$52.50. 800-678-5440.

EDWARD ALBEE AND MARIAN SELDES -- Friday at 8 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony-winning actress read from Albee's 1976 play "Counting the Ways." Followed by a Q&A. With an introduction from University of Maryland professor Jackson Bryer. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-675-0344.

BILLY BUDD -- Opens Saturday. Through Oct. 3. Washington National Opera performs Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Herman Melville's story of a young sailor wrongly sentenced to death. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$290. 202-467-4600.

M. BUTTERFLY -- Through Oct. 17. A French diplomat named Gallimard falls for Song, a Chinese opera singer, in a tale of love and espionage. Arena Stage, 1101

Sixth St. SW. $46-$60; Thursday at 8 p.m., college students $10. 202-488-3300.


WORLD CUP -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Hockey's championship game, from Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Matisse's "Artist and Model Reflected in a Mirror" is part of the "Artist's Studio" exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art.