Documentaries galore, brand-new windows on an ever-changing world. That's the exciting program at Silverdocs, the documentary festival (including symposia) sponsored by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel. (Screenings start Wednesday and run through June 20.) Some 70 films will be shown during the festival at AFI's Silver Theatre in downtown Silver Spring. See Film Notes on Page 45.

-- Desson Thomson


Photo shows are suddenly in full bloom, with new exhibitions opening every day. Two devoted to the work of August Sander and Aaron Siskind open Saturday at the Phillips Collection (see review on Page 34). Call 202-387-2151. Also open this weekend and worth checking out: "Directions -- Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Reflection" at the Hirshhorn Museum (202-357-2700; TDD: 202-357-1729); "Sally Mann: What Remains" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (202-639-1700); "Nikki S. Lee: Parts and Projects" at Numark Gallery (202-628-3810); and "Contemporary Photography" at Fraser Gallery Bethesda (301-718-9651).

-- Michael O'Sullivan


In the early '70s, Sageworth and Drums was one of Washington's finest indie bands. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Walter Egan went on to a solid solo career (his best-known hit is the "Magnet & Steel" duet with Stevie Nicks), while lead singer Annie McLoone is now co-leader of Minnesota band Surf Nation. Egan and McLoone perform Wednesday at Strathmore Hall as part of a free concert honoring the short-lived but legendary Emergency nightclub. Call 301-530-0540.

-- Richard Harrington


The David Parsons Dance Company returns to Wolf Trap at 8:30 Tuesday, bringing its breath-catching signature work "Caught" along with "Swing Shift," for which the Ahn Trio -- classical musicians for the MTV generation -- plays Kenji Bunch's commissioned score. The Ahn sisters also accompany the new Parsons works "Rise and Fall" and "Slow Dance." Call 703-218-6500.

-- Lisa Traiger