To get to the point: Yes, it's better. Moody and atmospheric, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, is both literally and thematically darker than its two predecessors. Among the film's other surprises: Lead actor Daniel Radcliffe's metamorphosis into a tween pinup. All this and flying broomsticks, too! See review on Page 57.
-- Nicole Arthur
A complement to the upcoming Corcoran Gallery of Art photography exhibition, "Sally Mann: What Remains," "Sally Mann: Last Measure" opens Thursday at Hemphill Fine Arts. The selection of large-scale landscapes -- made during trips to Civil War battlefields, and printed from collodion wet-plate glass negatives in a painstaking technique dating to the mid-19th century -- is part of the artist's recent work addressing the theme of mortality. Call 202-342-5610.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
On Monday, Blues Alley goes country for at least one night with "Nashville Connections," showcasing legendary songwriter Buzz Cason and local singer-songwriters Walter Egan and Eric Brace (both currently Nashville-based), Ken Giese, Danielle Westphal and Carol Gaylor. Cason will perform his hits and share stories about times he spent with Elvis Presley and helping give Jimmy Buffett his start. Call 202-337-4141.
-- Richard Harrington
Tappers With Attitude calls its latest concert "Lucky 13" because that's how old this ensemble of gifted youth tap dancers is. Celebrate with them Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Kay Theater as the Silver Spring company premieres four works, including Glenn Leslie's "Out of a Rut and Into a Groove," set to Mel Torme's hit "Shine on My Shoes." Call 301-405-2787.
-- Lisa Traiger