This weekend, there is a fistful of good films to choose from. But let's say the "I's" have it. "Intimate Strangers" is a powerful French movie about a distraught woman who strikes up a relationship with a tax attorney she mistakes for a psychiatrist. See review, Page 31. "The Inheritance" is a Scandinavian acting fest, a moving, almost Shakespearean drama about a Danish family in stormy dispute after the death of the father. See review, Page 32.

-- Desson Thomson


It's a good week for reggae fans. In addition to the festival at Wolf Trap (see item on this page), Jimmy Cliff is at the State Theatre (703-237-0300) on Wednesday and at Baltimore's Funk Box (410-625-2000) Thursday. See story, Page 6.

-- Richard Harrington


So what if Conner Contemporary Art doesn't deserve all the credit for discovering all the new talent all the time. Its annual series of summer exhibitions devoted to work by recent graduates of the area's academic art programs does its part to shine a spotlight on emerging talent. "Academy 2004," which opens Friday and runs through Aug. 28, features work by 13 new art-school grads. Call 202-588-8750.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Jessica Marchant and Stefanie Quinones are dance daredevils: They don't mind bruises and bumps. In their duet "Catching Weight," part of the pair's premiere program Saturday and Sunday at Dance Place, they riff off each other with abandon to the bluegrass of David Grisman. They also present Marchant's "Wrapped," a trio danced in, on and around bubble wrap, and Quinones' biting "Unpicked," about wallflowers at a high school dance. Call 202-269-1600.

-- Lisa Traiger

Hands down favorite: Conner Contemporary Art's "Academy 2004." Shown: a work by Annie Schap.