"Off the Charts," a fascinating documentary about the "song-poem" industry that breeds hope in the non-talented via magazine ads offering to turn poems into recordings, is being shown at the AFI Silver Theatre Tuesday at 9:15 p.m., followed by a 20th anniversary re-creation of Washington's legendary "Primitive Night" -- the "Woodstock of outsider music" -- with performances by Butch Willis, the Dootz and Ray Wallace. On a more positive note, Vienna's Julie Clark, recent winner of the prestigious New Folk Competition at Texas's Kerrville Folk Festival as well as the Great American Song Contest, returns to her home town for a Sunday show with Susan Greenbaum at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566).

-- Richard Harrington


"Bukowski: Born Into This" is a humane and sometimes horrific documentary look at the booze-soaked life and brilliant career of writer Charles Bukowski, whose searing, unsentimental poetry was designed, as one wag put it, to "kick the Mickey Mouse out

of our heads." See review on

Page 35.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


"Ami Martin Wilber: Contained Existence" opens Thursday with a reception from 6 to 8 at the Gallery at Flashpoint. Continuing the Washington sculptor's ongoing interest in, among other things, the tension between constraint and freedom and the definition of self, the installation will feature 100 Pyrex beakers containing rubber and human hair. It runs through Aug. 14. Call 202-315-1310.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Beakers become art in Ami Martin Wilber's installation at Flashpoint.