OUR PICKS

Exhibition

The Renwick Gallery's "Right at Home: American Studio Furniture" is on view through Jan. 17, but this weekend you'll have an opportunity to hear two artists with work in the show discuss their art. On Saturday at 3, Kim Schmahmann will discuss his pointed, often conceptual pieces, including the visually punning "Bureau of Bureaucracy." On Sunday at 3, Wendell Castle will offer insights into his sculptural approach to furniture, including the trompe l'oeil "Ghost Clock." Call 202-633-1000.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Music

Still best known as Jorge Ben -- he apparently changed it to Jorge Ben Jor in 1989 after finding out his royalties were inadvertently being sent to George Benson! -- the much respected, highly influential Brazilian songwriter and guitar stylist makes a rare Washington appearance Tuesday at the Birchmere. Call 703-549-7500.

-- Richard Harrington

Dance

In fusing together elements of ancient Chinese classical dance and contemporary forms, choreographer Lily Cai has sought a new language that is at once timeless and graciously courtly. In "Dynasties and Beyond," Friday in the Rouse Theatre as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts, the San Francisco-based Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company connects ancient and modern with movement that is as richly embroidered as the vibrant costumes. Call 410-715-3089.

-- Lisa Traiger

Film

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," the filmmaker's pointedly critical documentary about the Bush presidency, opens this weekend, attended by more publicity than all this summer's blockbusters combined. Is it worth the attention? Yes, indeed. See review on Page 33.

-- Desson Thomson

President Bush is the focus of Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11."