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Film

Spider-Man makes a charming, exciting encore in "Spider-Man 2." But it's not just agile choreography that gives the movie its spark. That passionate undercurrent between Spidey and Mary Jane is still flowing big-time. See review on Page 37.

-- Desson Thomson

Exhibition

The Galleries of Dupont Circle host their monthly First Friday gallery crawl on Friday, when members keep their doors open until 8. For details, visit www.artgalleriesdc.com. Featured this month is "Images of Italy," a continuing exhibition (through July 17) of seven contemporary photographers at Kathleen Ewing Gallery (202-328-0955). Speaking of seven, Conner Contemporary Art will open "Seven More (Things We Like)." The sure-to-be-eclectic group show runs through July 31 (202-588-8750).

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Music

Two reunions of note: Ten years after breaking up, Washington's ethereal post-punk pop experimentalists Strange Boutique puts out a retrospective CD and reunites Saturday for one night only at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). And the New St. George, which in the early to mid-'90s crafted a unique brand of "traditional/avant garde" British folk rock, joins British folk-rock pioneers the Strawbs Thursday at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).

-- Richard Harrington

Dance

Take advantage of the dance hall on the Mall this weekend. Part of the Smithsonian's free Folklife Festival, El Salon de Baile welcomes novices and experienced dancers alike to explore the Latino roots of social dances as part of the festival's "Nuestra Musica" programming. Under the banner "Haiti: Freedom and Creativity" are demonstrations of ritual dancing and drumming used in voodoo ceremonies. Programs run between 11 and 5:30. Call 202-633-1000 or visit www.folklife.si.edu.

-- Lisa Traiger

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire return in "Spider-Man 2."