OUR PICKS

Exhibition

Best known for photographs of herself infiltrating various subcultures while camouflaged in appropriate drag -- e.g., punk piercings, a yuppie business suit, ghetto bling-bling -- Korean-born, New York-based artist Nikki S. Lee has work on view through July 24 at Numark Gallery in "Nikki S. Lee: Parts and Projects." Lee will appear during a public reception Wednesday from 6:30 to 8; then Thursday at 7, she'll talk about her work at the Hirshhorn Museum. Who will she be this time? Call 202-628-3810 (Numark) or 202-357-2700 (Hirshhorn). See review on Page 29.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Music

Thursday's 9:30 club bill is a music-and-dance celebration of East-West fusions featuring Nitin Sawhney, a British-Indian artist who has melded the rhythmically complex music of Northern India and other Asian sources with the harmonically complex music of the West on his own recordings, in scores for Cirque du Soleil and remixes for Sting and Cheb Mami; Indian-born, American-raised tabla player and electronic percussionist Karsh Kale, known for his work with Asian Massive and Tabla Beat Science; Thunderball and See-I, featuring Roots and Z of Thievery Corporation. Call

202-393-0930.

-- Richard Harrington

Film

The latest in the recent spate of well-made, left-leaning documentaries, "The Corporation" traces the evolution of the modern corporation with scholarship, acerbic humor and skepticism, for a portrait of power that is as disturbing as it is informative. See review on Page 39.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Dance

When Gravity Optional, a Williamsburg-based dance ensemble, returns to Dance Place Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 7, physical challenges of balance and support, shared strength and dynamic partnering, will be on display. "Connections," company co-director Joan Gavaler's work, ranges from physically subtle to highly dynamic, while Denise Damon Wade's "burnt edges" looks sardonically at falling and getting up again. Call 202-269-1600.

-- Lisa Traiger