Music The music's not bad -- a bracing retro new wave/electro-pop brew -- but the show's the thing with New York's Fischerspooner, whose multimedia madness evokes the glory daze of disco, the glitter of glam and, okay, the pretention of performance art. Fischerspooner invades the 9:30 club on Sunday. Call 202-393-0930.

-- Richard Harrington Exhibition Maryland Art Place's 17th annual Critics' Residency, a program in which nationally known critics collaborate with area writers and artists in order to raise the level of criticism in the region, comes to fruition Saturday at 2 with a public forum in conjunction with this year's "Critics' Picks," an exhibition featuring painter Kim Cadmus Owens and nine other talented artists selected by the critics. Call 410-962-8565.

-- Michael O'Sullivan Film Frances McDormand is a wacky charm in "Laurel Canyon," in which she plays a partying record producer trying to force a great album out of her younger British rock star boyfriend (Alessandro Nivola).

-- Desson Howe


African Continuum Theatre Company's "From the Mississippi Delta" is a loving, humorous, evocative staging of Endesha Ida Mae Holland's memory play about her youth in southern Mississippi and the extraordinary people she knew there. At H Street Playhouse through April 27. Call 800-494-8497.

-- Jane Horwitz

Dance For 20 years Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell have been tweaking funny bones through their prolific dance partnership. They return to Dance Place this weekend with new works, including Deborah Riley's bittersweet "Remembrance" and the duo's "Neighbors," Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7. Call 202-269-1600.

-- Lisa Traiger

Frances McDormand.