GREEN DAY -- Today 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.

Z104 BOSOM BALL -- Today, doors at 8 p.m. Pat McGee Band, Howie Day and Bowling for Soup. Benefits the GW Mammovan.

9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.

ELECTION NIGHT REMIX -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. A live audio and video remix of election results with DJ Spooky, Noskilz Sound and Video Syndicate, and the "Media Deconstruction Kit," presented by Randall Packer of the U.S. Department of Art and Technology. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.

NINTENDO FUSION TOUR -- Wednesday, doors at 6 p.m. Story

of the Year with My Chemical Romance, Letter Kills and Autopilot Off. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $18. 202-265-0930.

EUGENIA LEON -- Wednesday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Mexican jazz. Kennedy Center, KC Jazz Club, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

REKOOPERATORS -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The rock band, which features Al Kooper (who played on albums by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Who and the Rolling Stones), performs a tribute to blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25. 703-218-6500 or 703-938-2404.

RON CARTER -- Saturday at 8 p.m. The Grammy-winning bassist performs with the U.S. Air Force Band's Airmen of Note as part of the 2004 Jazz Heritage Series. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

EVERCLEAR -- Nov. 7, doors at 9 p.m. With Avion. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.


JAMES S. MCDONNELL SPACE HANGAR -- Opens Monday. Features the Space Shuttle Enterprise and more than 100 space artifacts representing human flight, rocketry and satellite applications. National Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. Free. 202-357-2700.

AM I THE BEST -- Opens Wednesday; reception 6-8 p.m. Through Dec. 17. The Washington Arts Museum presents a retrospective of work by Carroll Sockwell, curated by Sam Gilliam. Edison Place Gallery, 701 Ninth St. NW. Free. 202-872-3396.

DREAM MATERIAL -- Opens Friday. Reception Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m. Through Dec. 4. Elyse Harrison's

new paintings feature surrealistic themes with people, animals and objects, including "The Observation Box" (above), which addresses the support individuals can get from pets. Gallery Neptune, 4808

Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-718-0809.

HYBRIDITY -- Reception Friday, 6-8 p.m. Artists' talk Saturday at 1 p.m. Through Nov. 27. Bede Murphy's paintings, Christine Kesler's mixed media and Franklin Evans's watercolor and ink pieces. Irvine Contemporary Art, 1710 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-332-8767.

SHIELDS AND UNIVERSES -- Opens Friday; reception

6-8 p.m. Through Dec. 18.

Athena Tacha, known more for

her outdoor sculptures, shows small-scale sculpture and

drawings. Marsha Mateyka

Gallery, 2012 R St. NW. Free. 202-328-0088.

CRYPTIC COMMUNICATIONS: WORK BY FOUR SELF-TAUGHT ARTISTS -- Opens Saturday. Curator Celene Ryan and artist Ken Grimes talk at 6 p.m. Reception 7-9 p.m. Through Dec. 4. Laura Craig McNellis and Judith Scott, who are nonverbal, without the ability to read or write, communicate with others through their art. Ken Grimes promotes communicating with aliens in his paintings. And Melvin "Milky" Way integrates mathematic formulas, diagrams, numbers, words and phrases into his drawings. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Free. 202-483-1102.

DESIRE LINES -- Opens Saturday; reception 6-8 p.m. Through Dec. 18. Drawings that address the relationship between line and space, by emerging artists Terence Gower, Jason Gubbiotti, Ulrike Heydenreich, Cynthia Lin, Joan Linder and Nicola Lopez. In "Panorama Drawing Device" (above), Heydenreich makes 360-degree drawings from a single point. Fusebox, 1412 14th St. NW. Free. 202-299-9220.

DREAM WORLDS: MODERN JAPANESE PRINTS AND PAINTINGS FROM THE ROBERT O. MULLER COLLECTION -- Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 2. One of the world's finest collections of Japanese prints from the late 1860s to the 1940s. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ORIGAMI AS ARCHITECTURE -- Opens Saturday. Through Feb. 22. In conjunction with the exhibition "Five Friends From Japan: Children in Japan Today" (see Take the Kids, Page 5), learn about the art of paper folding. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.


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.

ALFIE -- Jude Law stars as the womanizer played by Michael Caine in the 1966 original.

ENDURING LOVE -- Based on Ian McEwan's novel, in which a hot-air-balloon accident haunts the survivors.

FADE TO BLACK -- A documentary about Jay-Z's 2003 Madison Square Garden concert, which featured a slew of top hip-hop artists.

GO FURTHER -- Documentary filmmaker Ron Mann follows actor Woody Harrelson on a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway on a hemp-fueled bus. Post-show discussions with local healthy-living experts follow select weekend shows. At Landmark's E Street Cinema.

THE INCREDIBLES -- A Pixar animation about a family of undercover superheroes.

P.S. -- Laura Linney plays a Columbia University admissions officer who falls for a prospective student (Topher Grace) who looks like her deceased high school boyfriend.

On Stage

BOWEN MCCAULEY DANCE -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The local company performs two world premieres: a modern dance with live rock guitar by Tone and a solo created by Mexican choreographer Jaime Sierra. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $40. 202-467-4600.

JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT -- Wednesday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Nov. 7

at 4 p.m. Dance, music, song and spoken text combine in "Sorrows of Unison Dancing," a nonlinear piece with six dancers, and "For Buster," a tribute to tapper James Brown. Wednesday: George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $18-$36, 12 and younger $9-$18. 703-218-6500. Friday-Nov. 7: Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $25. 202-785-9727.

I THOUGHT THE RAIN WAS SUPPOSED TO STOP -- Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Wings Company of actors with and without disabilities performs a one-act musical of comedy, advocacy and heart. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. 301-280-1660.

POTUS AMONG US -- Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Washington Improv Theater zings politics and the election process. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. $10. For reservations, call 202-244-8630.

BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE -- Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. The Australian company performs its newest work, "Bush," based on aboriginal creation stories.

Kennedy Center, Eisenhower

Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $14-$38. 202-467-4600.

VIRSKY UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY -- Saturday at 3 p.m. Eighty-five dancers dressed in elaborately embroidered costumes perform Ukrainian choreography featuring split leaps, flips, spins

and more. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$65. 202-785-9727.

BRAZILIAN RHAPSODY -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussion at 7:15 p.m. Professional folk dance company Bale Folclorico da

Bahia performs. George Mason University Center for the Arts,

4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $22-$44, 12 and younger $11-$22. 703-218-6500.

LUISA FERNANDA -- Opens Saturday. Through Nov. 19.

Placido Domingo stars in the Washington National Opera's production of the story set in revolutionary 19th-century

Spain. In Spanish with English supertitles. Kennedy Center,

Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$290. 202-295-2400.


WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW -- Today, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Elite equestrian competition. Hunter and jumper finals. For complete schedule, visit MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $15-$60. 202-397-7328.

Members of Bale Folclorico da Bahia in "Brazilian Rhapsody," at George Mason University Center for the Arts.