HIRAKI SAWA -- Opens Tuesday. Through March 1. The Hirshhorn's new Black Box space for film and video opens with a show of three Hiraki Sawa shorts. Made in his apartment while still a graduate student, the selection of black and white works includes "Dwelling," "Migration" and "Elsewhere." Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

HEY, IS THAT A BOY OR A GIRL? -- Opens Thursday. Through Nov. 27. Visual art, writings, film, sound installation and performance art, all addressing issues of gender identity and sexuality. Warehouse, 1021 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-783-3933.

MOTI/ON -- Opens Thursday. Through Nov. 30. An interactive media exhibition highlights screen-based works and installations that explore the relationships between physical and virtual space. Sponsored by the interactive media department at Maryland Institute College of Art. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. Free. 202-315-1310.

CIVITAS: TRADITIONAL URBANISM IN CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE -- Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 8. An architecture exhibit of 17 groundbreaking examples of urban development around the world showcases the principles underpinning the traditional urbanism movement. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $5. 202-272-2448.


KANYE WEST -- Today at 7 p.m. With Fantasia, Common and Keyshia Cole. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. $48. 202-397-7328.

FREAKWATER -- Monday at 8:30 p.m. Alt-country. With the Zincs. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. 703-522-8340.

SIMPLE PLAN -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Pop-punk. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $26.75. 202-397-7328.

CHUCK BROWN AND THE LISSEN BAND -- Tuesday, doors at 9 p.m. The godfather of go-go. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $35. 202-265-0930.

MILEMARKER -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. Post-punk rock. With Fin Fang Foom. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.

NINE INCH NAILS -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. With Queens of the Stone Age and Death From Above 1979. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $45. 202-397-7328.

DR. JOHN -- Thursday-Nov. 6 at 8 and 10 p.m. The former session guitarist switched to the piano, the instrument that he is known for, after being accidentally shot in the hand. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $50. 202-337-4141.

BUTCH WALKER -- Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The rock singer-songwriter plays with Damone. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. 202-667-7960.

KATRINA'S PIANO FUND BENEFIT -- Friday-Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Friday: Monopoli, the Routineers, an acoustic set by Washington Social Club, the Ambitions, Andy Zipf and DJ Will Eastman. Saturday: Wooly Mammoth, the Whips, Owls and Crows, Edie Sedgwick, Rose and DJ Lil' E. Benefits musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12-$20. 202-667-7960.

CONVERGE -- Saturday at 6 p.m. Metal-core. With Darkest Hour and the Red Chord. Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $13. 202-397-7328. 202-783-3933.


PO' BOY POWER -- Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Celebrate All Saints Day by helping victims of Hurricane Katrina and treating yourself to a Big Easy classic in the second po' boy benefit by Acadiana, Slow Foods International and Les Dames d'Escoffier International. Acadiana, 901 New York Ave. NW. $25. 202-408-8848.

BLOOD AND WHISKEY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JACK DANIEL -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The famous Tennessee distiller of sour-mash whiskey is the focus of an illustrated lecture by biographer Peter Krass. A whiskey tasting is part of the discussion. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-357-3030.

ALASKAN NATIVE ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL -- Friday-Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Festivities include live drum dancing, traditional theater and storytelling, craft demonstrations and exhibitions of Alaskan native art and photography. For a full schedule, see National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.


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.

AFTER INNOCENCE -- This documentary follows ex-prisoners, who have been exonerated due to DNA evidence, as they try to rebuild their lives. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

CHICKEN LITTLE -- After causing widespread panic by mistaking a falling acorn for a piece of the sky, the young chicken must save the world -- without sending the town into a whole new panic when a real piece of sky falls. The new computer-animated film from Disney features the voices of Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Adam West and Steve Zahn.

THE DYING GAUL -- A struggling screenwriter (Peter Sarsgaard) faces a decision that challenges his integrity when he is offered a million dollars for a script about the death of his lover who had AIDS -- if he rewrites his lover as a woman. At Landmark E Street Cinema.

JARHEAD -- Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his Desert Storm experiences. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard portray members of a Marine scout-sniper platoon that finds itself in the Middle East desert with no cover from the heat or Iraqi soldiers.

PARADISE NOW -- Two Palestinian suicide bombers who are childhood friends are intercepted at the Israeli border on their way to a strike in Tel Aviv. After a young woman discovers their plan, they are given a chance to reconsider their actions. Winner of the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. At Landmark Bethesda Row.

PICKPOCKET -- A new print of director Robert Bresson's 1959 classic about a man who returns to a life of crime, despite a previous arrest and much contemplation on morality. At AFI Silver Theater.

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE -- Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney play the eccentric heads of a Brooklyn family that is falling apart due to their failing relationship. At Landmark Bethesda Row and Landmark E Street Cinema.

TOUCH THE SOUND -- Director and cinematographer Thomas Riedelsheimer ("Rivers and Tides") and percussionist Evelyn Glennie explore the senses, especially the interaction of sight and sound. Winner of 2004 BAFTA Award for best documentary and nominated for a Lola Award in 2005. At Avalon Theatre.

On Stage

GUANTANAMO -- Opens Wednesday. Through Dec. 11. The contemporary play examines the U.S. government's arrest and imprisonment of terrorist suspects without due process, telling the true story of four British residents held at the controversial prison. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $29-$52. 202-332-3300.

CUTTIN' UP -- Opens Friday. Through Jan. 1. Charles Randolph-Wright adapted and directs a new play based on the book by "Crowns" scribe Craig Marberry. The play takes a look at the rites and traditions of black barbers. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $42-$61. 202-488-3300.

DECONSTRUCTING MATA HARI -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. Nejla Y. Yatkin, a local artist named by Dance Magazine as one of the "Top 25 to Watch in 2005," performs her latest multimedia solo work. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; seniors, students, teachers and artists $15; children $7. 202-269-1600.

MIKE EPPS AND CHARLIE MURPHY -- Saturday at 8 p.m. Stand-up from the comedians who appeared together in "Roll Bounce." DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $46.50. 202-397-7328.


SPOOKY 6 -- Monday, doors at 8 p.m. Alchemy, a weekly Goth-industrial night, hosts its annual Halloween carnival and dance party. Featuring escape artists, contortionists, suspended acrobatic dance and a costume contest with a $300 grand prize. Nation, 1015 Half St. SE. $10. 202-554-1500.


DC UNITED -- Today at 4:30 p.m. against the Chicago Fire. The United compete in the second leg of the conference semifinals. The first leg, played in Chicago, resulted in a scoreless tie, so the winner of this game will advance to the conference finals. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. $25-$50. 202-397-7328.

CAPITALS -- Friday at 7 p.m. against the Atlanta Thrashers. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$90. 202-397-7328.

FOOTBALL 101 -- Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Both the Ravens and the game of football are celebrated at this inaugural festival designed for novice fans. The basics of NFL football are taught by Ravens players and coaches in sessions on offense, defense and special teams. Members of the Baltimore Football Alumni association will be on hand to sign autographs and the Ravens locker room will be open to the fans. M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell Street, Baltimore. $20. 410-701-4000.

WIZARDS -- Saturday at 7 p.m. The Wizards play their home opener against the Orlando Magic. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. $10-$150. 202-397-7328.

Jesse Eisenberg in the family drama "The Squid and the Whale."