The Library of Congress is a repository of American treasures, but they're seldom as entertaining as two legendary, locally based doo-wop ensembles, the Orioles and the Jewels. On Friday at noon, they perform a free concert on the west steps of the Thomas Jefferson Building (or inside Coolidge Auditorium if it's raining).

-- Richard Harrington Exhibition On Saturday, the National Building Museum peers into the changing nature of American domestic life with "Picture This: Windows on the American Home," an exhibition exploring the history and meaning of the singularly versatile architecture orifice known as the window.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Paul Morella and Lawrence Redmond give deliciously sly, smart performances as a jazz-loving millionaire heart surgeon headed for disaster and his lawyer buddy in "Sidney Bechet Killed a Man" at MetroStage in Alexandria. Stuart Flack's searching, satiric look at success, ethics, egomania and envy plays through April 6. Call 703-218-6500.

-- Jane Horwitz

Film Gurinder Chadha's "Bend It Like Beckham" peripherally introduces America to soccer-playing sensation David Beckham but, more significantly, gives us a charming little piece about a British girl of Indian descent who desperately wants to be like Becks.

-- Desson Howe

Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley star in "Bend It Like Beckham."