CANTARE AND FRIENDS -- Today at 4 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Musicians from Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico perform "Looking South," a cabaret of Latin folk and popular music. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. $24, seniors $22, students $12. 202-518-0152.

CATHEDRAL CHORAL SOCIETY -- Today at 4 p.m. Kicks off a new season with Verdi's "Requiem." Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. $20-$55. 202-537-5527.

PINBACK -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. Postmodern indie-pop, with Mates of State and Aspects of Physics. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $14. 202-667-7960.

BAD RELIGION -- Tuesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The perennial punks play with Rise Against and From First to Last. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.

TEARS FOR FEARS -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. The '80s synth-pop duo plays the hits. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $45. 202-994-6800.

AGAINST ME -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Singalong anthemic punk, with the Blood Brothers and True North. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

TONI BLACKMAN -- Friday at 8 p.m. Hip-hop poetry, with Erykah Badu and the Poem-Cees. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35-$40. 202-397-7328.

HIDDEN HAND -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The stoner-rockers' CD-release show, with Wooly Mammoth and Ostinato. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

DEL THA FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN -- Friday, doors at 11 p.m. The innovative emcee gets down, with Aceyalone. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.

EL VEZ -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The Mexican Elvis gets all shook up with Machetres. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

GREEN DAY -- Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The band performs its punk-rock opera "American Idiot," with New Found Glory and Sugarcult. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $40. 202-397-7328.


IN STABIANO: EXPLORING THE ANCIENT SEASIDE VILLAS OF THE ROMAN ELITE -- Closes today. Archaeological objects from Stabiae, a little-known community near Pompeii that was also buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-357-2700.

CAI GUO-QIANG: TRAVELER -- Opens Saturday. Through April 24. A site-specific installation of an excavated Japanese fishing boat. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DIRECTIONS: CAI QUO-QIANG -- Opens Saturday. Through April 24. Features the Chinese artist's "Unlucky Year: Unrealized Projects From 2003-2004," a series of drawings made by igniting gunpowder on paper. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-357-2700.

VOICES FOR TOLERENCE IN AN AGE OF PERSECUTION -- Closes Saturday. A collection of 16th- and 17th-century books and manuscripts that tell the story of Europe's movement for religious tolerance and freedom of expression. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

ANCIENT TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY FORMS -- Through Oct. 31. Sculpture by contemporary Ghanaian and African American artists. Embassy of Ghana, 3513 International Dr. NW. Free. 202-686-4520.

NSO DECORATORS' SHOW HOUSE -- Through Oct. 31. Dozens of interior and landscape designers show their work. Chateau Peyrenc de Moras, 9121 River Rd., Potomac. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 202-416-8149.

CALDER MIRO -- Through Jan. 23. The sculpture of Alexander Calder is juxtaposed with Joan Miro's paintings. Gallery talk on the artists' "haunting imagery" Thursday at 6 and 7 p.m. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, younger than 18 free. 202-387-2151.


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.

BEING JULIA -- Annette Bening is a stage actress seduced by a fan with a questionable agenda. Based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel.

BIRTH -- Anna (Nicole Kidman) is a widow who meets a 10-year-old boy (Cameron Bright) claiming to

be her reincarnated husband.

IN THE FACE OF EVIL: REAGAN'S WAR IN WORD AND DEED -- A political documentary about Ronald Reagan and the Cold War.

THE MACHINIST -- A factory worker (Christian Bale) hasn't slept in a year. When he starts getting mysterious notes and hearing voices, he begins to doubt his sanity.

RAY -- Jamie Foxx plays the legendary Ray Charles.

SAW -- Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a serial killer abducts morally wayward people and forces them to play macabre games. With Danny Glover.

SIDEWAYS -- A wine-tasting trip to salute Jack's (Thomas Haden Church) final bachelor days careens as he and pal Miles (Paul Giamatti) face midlife crises. With Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen.

UNDERTOW -- A thriller about violence between two generations of brothers in rural Georgia.

On Stage

MACBETH -- Today at 2 p.m. Director Michael Kahn's rendition of the Shakespeare tragedy features Kelly McGillis as Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$68. 202-547-1122.

THE MATCHMAKER -- Today at 2:30 p.m. Andrea Martin (Aunt Voula in "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 RUSSIAN NATIONAL POSTAL SERVICE -- Today at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. A Russian widower spends his time writing letters to himself from Lenin, Stalin and Queen Elizabeth in this play by Oleg Bogaev. Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $25-$48. 202-332-3300.

LEVY DANCE -- Today at 7 p.m. The San Francisco-based modern dance company performs "Holding Pattern," "That Four Letter Word" and "pOrtal." Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.

SKY GIRLS -- Today and Monday at 8 p.m. The story of six women training to be fighter pilots during World War II. Kicks off Theater Alliance's Pangea Projects, a series of five new productions performed after an intensive six-day rehearsal period. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $5. 202-396-2125.

GRACE -- Opens Monday. Through Dec. 19. A tragicomedy by "Six Feet Under" writer Craig Wright about a born-again Christian couple in Florida and a quirky exterminator. Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $24-$42; Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. pay-what-you-can. 202-783-3933.

THE HIGHEST YELLOW -- Opens Tuesday. Through Dec. 12. The story of a love triangle between Vincent Van Gogh, a young doctor and a woman who captivated them both. Based on the book by John Strand. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$47. 703-218-6500.

POUND -- Opens Thursday. Through Nov. 28. Sean O'Leary's play about the life of poet Ezra Pound. Washington Stage Guild, 1901 14th St. NW. $28-$30. 202-582-0050.

BECOMING ADELE -- Opens Friday. Through Nov. 21. Audrey Wasilewski is a feisty Brooklyn waitress in Eric Houston's comedy. Howard Community College, Rep Stage, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. $10-$23. 410-772-4900.

WANDA SYKES -- Friday at 8 p.m. The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedienne shares her views of the world. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $35.50. 202-994-6800.

A BAD FRIEND -- Opens Saturday. Through Nov. 28. A teenager struggles with growing up in a family of communists in 1950s Brooklyn. Written by Jules Feiffer. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $25-$36. 800-494-8497.

DIAMOND DEAD -- Closes Saturday. "Rocky Horror" meets "Hedwig": Zombie rockers strike a deal with the devil in Landless Theatre Company's stage adaptation of an upcoming movie by George A. Romero ("Night of the Living Dead"). DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. 202-462-7833.

HAVANA SELECT -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Traditional Afro-Cuban music and dance. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.


WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW -- Tuesday-Oct. 31 at 7 a.m.; evening sessions Tuesday-Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. Elite equestrian competition. Evening events include bull riding, barrel racing, trick riding, dressage and Jack Russell terrier races. Kids' Pony Pavilion open Saturday, 1-4 p.m. For complete schedule, visit MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $15-$60. 202-432-7328.

Joan Miro's "Mural Painting for the Terrace Plaza Hotel" is part of the Phillips Collection's "Calder Miro" exhibit.