DESTINY'S CHILD -- Today at 7 p.m. With Mario, Amerie and Tyra. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $52.50-$77.50. 202-397-7328.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS -- Today at 8 p.m. The godfather of post-punk pop plays with Emmylou Harris. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$42. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

ODD MEN OUT TOUR -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. With Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright and Ben Lee. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $25-$36. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

DEL CIELO -- Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The local indie-punk trio plays with Kathy Cashel and Eyeball Skeleton. Part of the ongoing Fort Reno summer concert series. Fort Reno Park, Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Free. 202-521-1493.

BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE -- Thursday at 9 p.m. Eccentric alternative rock from the band whose rivalry with the Dandy Warhols was documented in the film "Dig!" With the Quarter After and Innaway. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. $10. 202-483-5000.

EMINEM -- Friday at 7 p.m. Mr. Shady headlines the Anger Management Tour 3, with 50 Cent and Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $54-$83. 202-397-7328 or 703-754-6400.

BACILOS -- Friday at 8 p.m. Latin rock from Miami. With Aleks Syntek. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $55. 202-397-7328.

MIKE JONES & LIL WAYNE -- Friday at 8 p.m. The hip-hop stars appear with Boyz N Tha Hood and D.C. go-go greats Backyard Band and TCB Band. Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. $25-$50. 301-952-7999.

WASHINGTON SOCIAL CLUB -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. The local power-pop ensemble plays with Cartel. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $9. 202-667-7960.

THE BACKSTREET BOYS -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Backstreet's back, alright. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. $20-$59.50. 202-397-7328 or 703-754-6400.

TEENA MARIE -- Saturday at 8 p.m. The R&B soul singer whose ties to Rick James still linger. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $65. 202-397-7328.


CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING -- Opens Monday. Reception Aug. 7, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Through Aug. 30. The 20th-annual exhibit by Helene Sze McCarthy and her students. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. Free. 301-656-2797.

BEST OF BOTH -- Opens Tuesday. Through Aug. 28. A ceramics show by members of the Kiln Club and Ceramic Guild. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288.

NATIONAL SMALL WORKS -- Opens Tuesday. Reception and awards presentation Friday, 5-8 p.m. Through Aug. 28. Selected prints by 2004 National Small Works first-prize winner John Saling, plus a juried exhibition of prints by 23 artists nationwide. Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-332-7757.

DIRECTIONS -- Opens Wednesday. Through Oct. 30. Canadian-born artist Janet Cardiff's 20-minute multisensory audio walk layers sound effects. Part of the Hirshhorn's ongoing "Directions" series. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ACADEMY 2005 -- Opens Friday. Reception 6-8 p.m. Through Aug. 27. Paintings, drawings, digital photography, sculpture and performance art by recent graduates of area college art programs. With new works from past participants in this annual survey, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Conner Contemporary Art, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-588-8750.

SUISEKI -- Opens Saturday. Through Aug. 28. A display of weathered stones that look like other objects or scenes from nature. U.S. National Arboretum, National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-5898.


Films open Friday and are in general release unless otherwise noted. Opening dates subject to change. Check or Friday's Weekend section for details.

THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY -- Damien Nguyen stars as a Vietnamese teenager who travels to America in 1990 in search of his father, a Vietnam vet. Along the way, he endures hardships including Malaysian detention camps and forced immigrant labor in New York. At Landmark Bethesda Row and Landmark E Street Cinema.

BROKEN FLOWERS -- When a lifelong bachelor, played by Bill Murray, receives an anonymous letter indicating that he may have a son, he embarks on a cross-country search for clues from former lovers. At Landmark Bethesda Row and Landmark E Street Cinema.

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD -- Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds, Lynda Carter and Willie Nelson team up to remake the beloved TV series about the Duke cousins' capers with the local law of Hazzard County. The film is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe and features cameos by the group's four other comics.

THE EDUKATORS -- An indebted Berlin student and two accomplices break into luxurious mansions to rearrange furniture and valuables and leave obscure messages. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

LAST DAYS -- Gus Van Sant directs Michael Pitt in this rock-and-roll drama about a musician whose life is reminiscent of deceased grunge-rocker Kurt Cobain's. At Landmark Bethesda Row and Landmark E Street Cinema.

SARABAND -- Ingmar Bergman's epilogue to "Scenes From a Marriage" chronicles the strained relationship between a widower and his father, which comes to a head when the old man's ex-wife of 32 years appears. Starring Erland Josephson and Boerje Ahlstedt. At Landmark Bethesda Row and Landmark E Street Cinema.

UNDERCLASSMAN -- Nick Cannon plays a young detective who must go undercover at an elite private school in order to foil the plans of an international gang of auto thieves. Also starring Shawn Ashmore, Cheech Marin and Roselyn Sanchez.

On Stage

PAUL ALLEN -- Monday at 6 p.m. The South Carolina English professor brings a mix of spoken-word poetry and song to his performance with "poemcee" Lady P-Coq. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

CAPPIES -- Monday and Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The annual showcase of this year's best student thespians from the Cappies, a national program that gives high school theater and journalism students theatrical and critical-writing training. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

ROBERT KLEIN -- Tuesday-Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Stand-up from the comedy-tour veteran who has done seven one-man shows for HBO and is regularly seen on late-night talk shows. Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20. 202-296-7008.

HERAKLES -- Opens Friday. Through Aug. 28. In Archibald MacLeish's play, parallels between Greek myths of the past and the life of a Nobel prize-winning scientist manifest themselves during a vacation in Athens. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Indoor Amphitheatre, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $18. 703-739-5895.

DON QUIXOTE -- Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Russian Bolshoi Ballet puts on a full-scale production of the Cervantes classic, accompanied by a full orchestra. Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $18-$65. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1860.

THE CHOSEN -- Saturday at 8 p.m. A young man's life becomes an example of unconditional love through faith and obedience. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $30. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

LESOLE Z. MAINE -- Saturday at 8 p.m.; Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The South Africa native mixes traditions from his homeland with modern and hip-hop moves. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.


WASHINGTON NATIONALS -- Tuesday-Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Friday-Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Aug. 7 at 1:05 p.m. against the San Diego Padres. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. $7-$40. 202-397-7328.

WASHINGTON MYSTICS -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. against the Charlotte Sting. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $8-$110. 202-397-7328.

LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC -- Through Aug. 7. The District's biggest tennis event of the year continues. William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, 16th and Kennedy streets NW. $9-$44. 202-397-7328.

Lukas Haas and Nicole Vicius star in Gus Van Sant's "Last Days."