"THX 1138: The George Lucas Director's Cut," a restored rerelease of Lucas's first film, is a fascinating, hypnotic affair. It screens this weekend at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre. See review on Page 43.
-- Desson Thomson
Artwork by the finalists in the second annual Trawick Prize competition (whose $10,000 best-in-show winner and runners-up were to be announced after this issue went to press) is on view through Oct. 2 at the Creative Partners Gallery in Bethesda. The 15 finalists include some of the area's best artists, with work in glass, video, painting and other media. The gallery will host a reception Friday from 6 to 9. Call 301-951-9441.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
Salif Keita, the wondrous singer from Mali, performs Friday at Lisner Auditorium in a concert aimed at increasing public and media awareness of current refugee crises in Sudan and Congo. Call 202-397-7328.
-- Richard Harrington
Expressionist modern dance from Europe -- ausdruckstanz -- will be the focus of "Expressionist Dance in Vienna," an exhibit at the Embassy of Austria drawn from the archives of the Austrian Theatre Museum of Vienna. Items on display trace the development of a century of Vienna-based dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf von Laban and Grete Wiesenthal. The opening performance and lecture Thursday feature the company Annemarie Papp Tanztheater and noted D.C. dance critic George Jackson. Free; reservations required. Call 202-895-6776.
-- Lisa Traiger