FRINGE CINEMA emerges from its subterranean lair this weekend when the second annual DC Underground Film Festival crawls into the Carnegie Institute Theatre, 1530 P St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle). Running from Friday at 6 to just before midnight on Saturday, the festival includes 11 separate programs of mostly short documentary and experimental films, including an 18-minute look at the reunion of the 1980s Christian heavy-metal band Stryper; a three-minute claymation portrait of the band Oasis by Ian Svenonius (whom some may remember as the lead singer of the Make-Up and others as Sassy magazine's 1990 "Sassiest Boy in America"); and a 45-minute documentary about prolific British surrogate mother Carol Horlock.

Tickets are $6 per program. Complete information is available at


On Monday from 7 to 9, the DC Film Society will present another of its semiannual "Coming Attractions" programs featuring trailers of upcoming movies. The summer edition, including previews of Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal" and M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village," takes place at the Cineplex Odeon Wisconsin Avenue, 4000 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Metro: Tenleytown-AU). Tickets are $8. For information, call 202-554-3263, Ext. 8, or visit

-- Michael O'Sullivan