THE MELVINS -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Heavy sludge-rock. With Convulsant and Vaz. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

KATHLEEN BATTLE -- Monday at 8 p.m. The soprano sings folk songs, spirituals, Latin jazz and other traditional music. Kicks off the Washington Performing Arts Society's 2004-05 season. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $35-$90. 202-467-4600.

GEORGE CLINTON & THE P-FUNK ALLSTARS -- Tuesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The Mothership lands in the District. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $35. 202-265-0930.

THE WALKMEN -- Thursday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The U2-inspired group plays with Metric. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

ENGINE DOWN -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Indie-rock, with These Arms are Snakes and the Husbands. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

THE FIERY FURNACES -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. Garage rock from brother-sister duo Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, with White Magic and Inouk. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

ANGIE STONE -- Saturday at 11:30 p.m. The R&B diva plays

with Anthony Hamilton. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $55. 202-397-7328.

RYE COALITION -- Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. Post-punk. With the Kinison. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.


PUEBLO POTTERY: A LIVING TRADITION -- Opens Monday. Through May 15. Pottery by

women who reside in four New Mexico pueblos, with an

installation on the process of creating ceramics. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, ages 18 and younger free. 202-783-5000.

NATIVE MODERNISM -- Opens Tuesday. Through fall 2005. A retrospective of paintings, wood collages and sculptures by artists George Morrison and Allan Houser -- an inaugural exhibit for the Smithsonian's newest museum, which also houses a permanent collection of 8,000 works by Native American artists and artisans. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. For passes, call 866-400-6624.


Through Nov. 15. This display of the architect's household items includes the "wiggle chair"and other designs for Knoll Inc., Heller, Vitra and Emeco. 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.

SHIMMERING IN THE DARK -- Closes Thursday. Artist talk

Monday at 4:30 p.m. A exhibit of paintings by Irene Awret in conjunction with her book "They'll Have to Catch Me First: An Artist's Coming of Age in the Third Reich." George Mason University Center for the Arts, Johnson Center Gallery, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 703-993-2787.

MIYELO -- Opens Saturday. Through Oct. 23. Large-scale color and black-and-white photography by Viggo Mortensen. Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-338-5180.

HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL VISIONS: THE LANDSCAPES OF SANFORD R. GIFFORD -- Through Sept. 26. A retrospective of the 19th-century landscape painter's works, featuring 72 paintings from his travels in America, Europe and the Middle East. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.


FIRST AMERICANS FESTIVAL -- Monday-Saturday. An outdoor festival to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. With music and dance performances on five stages, storytelling, and a festival marketplace. Monday: Native Nations procession at 9:30 a.m.; opening ceremony at 1 p.m.; singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie headlines a 5:30 p.m. concert. National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol, Third Street between Jefferson and Madison drives. 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.

A DIRTY SHAME -- When Baltimore housewife Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) suffers a concussion from a car accident, she becomes obsessed with sex, and her husband (Chris Isaak) can't keep up. Directed by John Waters, with Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair.

ENDURING LOVE -- Two strangers (Samantha Morton and Daniel Craig) who witness an accident are pursued by a stalker (Rhys Ifans). Based on the novel by Ian McEwan.

FIRST DAUGHTER -- The president's daughter (Katie Holmes) goes to college, where she falls for a graduate student (Marc Blucas) who has a hidden agenda. With Michael Keaton as the prez.

THE FORGOTTEN -- Julianne Moore is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year old son. When a psychiatrist tells her she has created memories of a child she never had, she becomes determined to prove that he was real. With Dominic West and Anthony Edwards.

JU-ON: THE GRUDGE -- A horror film from director Takashi Shimizu about an evil spirit inhabiting a house where a violent tragedy took place. In Japanese with English subtitles. At E Street Cinema.

THE LAST SHOT -- FBI agent Joe Devine (Alec Baldwin) plots to take down mob boss John Gotti, who's influencing movie crew unions, with a sham project by Hollywood wannabe Steven Schatz (Matthew Broderick).

NICOTINA -- A crime caper set in Mexico City about a computer hacker (Diego Luna) who gets mixed up with the Russian mob over a fortune in diamonds. From the producers of "Amores Perros." In Spanish with English subtitles. At E Street Cinema.

RED LIGHTS -- A thriller by director Cedric Kahn about a man's frantic search for his wife, who left him after an argument. Based on the novel by Georges Simenon. In French with English subtitles. At E Street Cinema.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD -- A romantic zombie comedy (finally!) about a London slacker (Simon Pegg) whose near-comatose lifestyle prevents him from noticing strange occurrences taking place around him.

WHEN WILL I BE LOVED -- Feeling undervalued by her boyfriend, Vera (Neve Campbell) turns the tables on him and begins exploring her sexuality with other people.

On Stage

THE SUBJECT -- Opens Wednesday. Through Oct. 17. A play by Allyson Currin about the relationship between a waitress and a photographer who wants her to model for him. Warehouse Theatre, 1019 Seventh St. NW. $20-$25. 202-333-7009.

HAMLET -- Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A modern version of the Shakespeare tragedy, by the Rude Mechanical Theatre Co. DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. 202-462-7833.

THE MATCHMAKER -- Opens Friday. Through Oct. 24. Andrea Martin ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") is Dolly Levi in Thornton Wilder's matrimonial comedy. Ford's

Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $16-$48. 202-347-4833.

THE SEAGULL -- Opens Friday. Through Oct. 10. The Anton

Chekhov play examines the

meaning of art and love. Directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Kasi Campbell. Howard Community College, Rep Stage, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10-$23. 410-772-4900.

LENNY & LOU -- Through Sept. 26. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company kicks off its 25th

season with a comedy about two neurotic young men who live at home with their overbearing

mother. After one of them snaps, a torrent of cross-dressing and sex is unleashed. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529

16th St. NW. $30.50-$40.50. 202-393-3939.

VENUS -- Through Sept. 26. Suzan-Lori Parks's play about a South African woman who unwittingly becomes a freak in a circus sideshow. Closes the Potomac Theatre Festival. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $15-$36. 301-924-3400.

LIVING OUT -- Through Oct. 10. In this dark comedy, a frazzled mother hires a nanny -- an undocumented immigrant -- to help take care of her children and finds out they have more in common than she thinks. Round House Theatre, East-West Highway and Waverly Street, Bethesda. $35-$45. 240-644-1100.

THE ELEPHANT MAN -- Through Oct. 16. Bernard Pomerance's play about the tragically disfigured man who was exploited as a sideshow freak in the 19th century. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $25-$30, seniors and students $15. 800-494-8497.

HOST AND GUEST -- Through Oct. 16. Synetic Theater presents a parable about religious intolerance based on the writing of 19th-century Georgian poet Vazha Pshavela. Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $29-$39. 703-228-1850.


REDSKINS VS. GIANTS -- Today at 1 p.m. on Fox.

D.C. UNITED VS. COLUMBUS -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on CSN.

"A Sudden Storm, Lake George" is part of "Hudson River School Visions: The Landscapes of Sanford R. Gifford" at the National Gallery of Art.