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Film "Russian Ark," Alexander Sokurov's magnificent ode to the national treasures of Russia is a movie made in a single camera shot. It's a passage through time and space, as we are transported through the recesses of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, observing real and fictional characters from Russian and European history.

-- Desson Howe

Music Carmen Lundy portayed Billie Holiday in the off-Broadway play "They Were All Gardenias," but she's been letting her own garden grow with a series of smart jazz albums featuring her spirited delivery of strong original compositions. At the "KC Jazz Club" in the Kennedy Center's Education Resource Center Wednesday and Thursday. Call 202-467-4600.

-- Richard Harrington Exhibition Black history month gets under way this weekend in a number of art museums and galleries, including "Art by African-Americans in the Nation's Capital Since 1970," which takes an exclusively local approach at the Paul Peck Art Building of Montgomery College's Rockville campus (301-279-5115), while "Selections from the David C. Driskell Collection" at the Art Gallery of the University of Maryland features works by Romare Bearden, Henry Tanner and Sam Gilliam (301-405-2763).

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Dance Using shadow, light and an array of props, acclaimed modern dance troupe Momix performs its meditation on desert animals, insects and plants in "Opus Cactus," Friday and Saturday at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax (703-218-6500) and Sunday afternoon at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick (301-228-2828).

-- Lisa Traiger

Sergey Dreiden stars in "Russian Ark."