Multi-culti Ukrainian/Gypsy punk-rock with a dash of waaaaay-off-Broadway theater and anarchic politics -- that's Gogol Bordello, whose new album, "Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony," offers macabre meditations on the immigrant experience. Ukrainian-born singer-guitarist-songwriter-DJ Eugene Hutz leads his crew of Russian, Israeli and American cohorts at the Black Cat Thursday (202-667-7960).

-- Richard Harrington


The Shakespeare Theatre shows off its drawers through March 9 in a most undignified and hilarious production of "The Silent Woman," Ben Jonson's rarely performed 1609 farce about the war between (and among) men and women, with fine performances and a parade of droll costumes. Call 202-547-1122.

-- Jane Horwitz

Dance Take a jaunt over to Cheverly's Publick Playhouse Saturday and see the world through the bodies and spirits of dancers. The World Dance Showcase features a handful of troupes from our own back yard performing classical and culturally traditional dances from West Africa, Cambodia, Greece, Japan and Spain. Call 301-277-1710.

-- Lisa Traiger Exhibition Although much of Gerhard Richter's art seems flavored by irony -- even his abstract paintings seem to be paintings of abstract paintings rather than simply what they are -- there is a sense that he, in a way, is still in love with the medium he explores with so much technical detachment. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's "Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting" takes a look at the career of the provocative German artist. Call 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

-- Michael O'Sullivan

"Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting" is at the Hirshhorn Museum.