NOMA OPEN STUDIOS -- Today, noon-5 p.m. Thirty artists working in various mediums open their studios in four buildings north of Massachusetts Avenue. 443 I St. NW, 57 N St. NW, 52 O St. NW and 411 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-986-0214.

RAY CHARLES -- Opens Friday. A selection of items from a large donation of Ray Charles memorabilia, including a Braille keyboard, sunglasses, a chess set and costumes. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

STYLE AND STATUS: IMPERIAL COSTUMES FROM OTTOMAN TURKEY -- Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 22. Clothing, furnishings, tent hangings and floor coverings make up some of the 66 royal textiles from the Ottoman Empire (1342 -- 1924). The pieces are on display from national and international collections including the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul and the Kremlin Armory in Moscow. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-4880.

Books and Authors

MARGARET CHO -- Monday at 7 p.m. The comedian, activist and author discusses her latest book, "I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight," a comic look at today's issues that raises awareness of her chosen causes, including freedom of expression, gay rights, racial discrimination and the abolishment of capital punishment. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

SPIKE LEE -- Tuesday at 1 and 7 p.m. The preeminent filmmaker signs "Spike Lee: That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It," his biography as told to Kaleem Aftab. At 1 p.m.: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-364-1919. At 7 p.m.: Karibu Books, The Mall at Prince George's, 3500 East-West Hwy., Hyattsville, 301-559-1140. Both free.


LOS STRAITJACKETS -- Today at 8:30 p.m. The Mexican pro-wrestling-masked surf rockers play with special guest vocalist Big Sandy. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $16. 703-522-8340.

JULIETTE AND THE LICKS -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. Juliette Lewis and company play with Karmella's Game. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. 202-667-7960.

LUIS MIGUEL -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Mexican pop-singer nicknamed "El Sol" performs. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $65-$100. 202-397-7328.

JELLO BIAFRA WITH THE MELVINS -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The former Dead Kennedy teams up with sludge-rock icons the Melvins. With Haram. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

BUCKETHEAD -- Wednesday, doors at 7 p.m. Enigmatic rock guitarist and electronic musician who has played with Guns N' Roses, Iggy Pop and Bootsy Collins, among others. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $15. 703-237-0300.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE -- Wednesday, doors at 7:30 p.m. The Canadian indie-rockers play. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $20. 202-265-0930.

NANCI GRIFFITH -- Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The country singer plays with Elizabeth Cook. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50. 703-549-7500 or 202-397-7328.

AUDIOSLAVE -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $40.50. 202-397-7328.

HELL OR HIGH WATER -- Thursday at 8 p.m. A benefit show for Gulf Coast musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. With Chuck Brown, the Nighthawks, the Grandsons and Tom Principato Band. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $20-$25. 703-237-0300.

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. Venezuelan alt-rock stars. With DJ Afro. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $18. 202-667-7960.

MEDICATIONS -- Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Dischord records post-punk trio. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.


WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW -- Opens Tuesday. Through Oct. 30. Exhibitions and competitions of horsemanship skills feature both junior riders and elite veterans. Also featuring terrier races and a pony show. For a complete schedule, see MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $15-$340. 202-397-7328.

CAVALIA -- Opens Wednesday. Through Nov. 8. More than 30 horses are used in a multimedia event that blends acrobatics, dance, horsemanship and visual effects to tell the story of man's ancient bond with the animals. Cavalia, corner of Army Navy Drive and South Eads Street, Arlington. $55.25-$175.25. 866-999-8111.

VERIZON VOICEWING BATTLE -- Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Thirteen professional eaters, including the "Black Widow" (Alexandria's Sonya Thomas), Tim "Eater X" Janus and Crazy Legs Conti compete in an International Federation of Competitive Eating event that challenges the contestants to consume the most wings in 10 minutes. The winner goes on to compete in the Wing Battle Championship in Boston on Nov. 12. Union Jack's, 4915 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda. Free. 301-652-2561.


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

USHPIZIN -- Opens Wednesday. Moshe and Malli are a married couple living in an Israeli ultra-Orthodox community. When they pray for help with a financial crisis, two escaped convicts appear at their doorstep instead of a miracle. The comedy is one of the first films made by members of the notoriously closed community. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

THE LEGEND OF ZORRO -- Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones return for another action-adventure romp behind the black mask.

NINE LIVES -- Director Rodrigo Garcia's portrait of past and present relationships in nine very different women's lives won best film at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

PRIME -- Rafi, a recently divorced career woman from Manhattan, begins a relationship with a talented 23-year-old painter. But complications arise when Rafi's once-encouraging therapist accidentally discovers that the boyfriend is her son. Starring Uma Thurman, Bryan Greenberg and Meryl Streep.

SHOPGIRL -- Written by Steve Martin, who also plays Ray, a rich, handsome, fifty-something who sweeps a young Saks Fifth Avenue worker (Claire Danes) off her feet. She must decide between him and a young, struggling musician, played by Jason Schwartzman. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

THREE . . . EXTREMES -- A triple helping of horror from three successful Asian directors: Takashi Miike, Fruit Chan and Park Chan-Wook. Miike's "Box" follows a beautiful novelist who receives a mysterious invitation to the site of her twin sister's death. In Fruit's "Dumplings," a retired actress enjoys the rejuvenating effects of a doctor's special dumplings, until she begins to investigate their ingredients. And Park's "Cut" is about a film director abducted by a vengeful stranger and forced to make an impossible choice. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

THE WEATHER MAN -- While the personal life of a popular Chicago weatherman (Nicolas Cage) begins collapsing, he is given one more shot at the big time, leading him to debate whether professional and personal success can be achieved simultaneously.

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES -- Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth star as a beloved 1950s entertainment act on top of their game until a dead woman in their hotel suite forces the duo's breakup. Fifteen years later, Alison Lohman plays a writer determined to discover the truth of the murder. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

On Stage

HAPGOOD -- Opens Thursday. Through Dec. 4. The Washington Shakespeare Company presents Tom Stoppard's end-of-the-Cold War thriller about espionage and physics. Company member Jenifer Deal plays the title character. Kathleen Akerley, artistic director of Longacre Lea Productions, directs. Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $19-$30. 703-418-4808.

STRING FEVER -- Opens Thursday. Through Nov. 27. A former concert violinist becomes obsessed with quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of relativity as her personal life is interrupted by an Icelandic comedian in rehab, a wisecracking best buddy, a cat-loving physicist and an ex-boyfriend who carries around a chair. Presented by Theater J. D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $15-$39. 202-777-3229 or 800-494-8497.

HIROSHIMA MAIDEN -- Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. Dan Hurlin's traditional Bunraku puppet production tells the true story of the 1955 media frenzy and public controversy sparked by the U.S. arrival of 25 Japanese women seeking plastic surgery after being disfigured by the nuclear blast at Hiroshima. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $30, students $7. 301-405-2787.


PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS CHALLENGER TOUR -- Today at 7 p.m. Some of the world's best bull riders, including Justin McBride, Guilherme Marchi and Jody Newberry, take on the roughstock. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $15-$55. 202-397-7328.

Spike Lee speaks at Karibu after a signing at Politics & Prose on Tuesday.