You can call them "neo-soul" but locally based Oktbrwrld is so much more than that. Sure, they've got the soul grooves, but they have sharp pop and funk chops to boot, making them one of the best all-around bands in Washington, and they'll be recording a live CD Saturday night at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566).

-- Eric Brace

Film Tom Tykwer's "Heaven," which the German director made from a Krzysztof ("Blue," "White" and "Red" ) Kieslowski script, has an unusual story and a great performance by Cate Blanchett.

-- Desson Howe

Exhibition "Masterful Illusions," the first of a two-part installation of rare and incredibly well-preserved Japanese ukiyo-e prints at the Sackler Gallery (202-357-2700) shows how the seemingly constrained lines and stylistic flatness of these master woodblocks served to concentrate their power and poetic imagery.

-- Eve Zibart Theater

Mon Dieu! -- more quality Moliere to savor. Michael Emerson refuses to engage in social hypocrisy and offends the beribboned aristocrats at court with his candor as "The Misanthrope" in a lavish, elegant production at Arena Stage through Nov. 3. Call 202-488-3300.

-- Jane Horwitz


Margery Williams's tale of a much-loved toy rabbit comes to life Friday and Saturday when ODC/San Francisco sets "The Velveteen Rabbit" to dancing, accompanied by the Benjamin Britten score and plush, vibrant costumes at the George Mason Center for the Arts. Call 703-218-6500.

-- Lisa Traiger

A detail of a woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.