OUR PICKS

Exhibition

Whether he's mocking the warmth of human skin with his cool computer prints or, as in his latest sci-fi "landscapes" at Fusebox Gallery, creating the appearance of molten, shifting surfaces of liquid metal and glass, computer artist James Huckenpahler keeps one foot planted in the possible, with one dangling precariously over the edge of what's plausible. His exhibition, "Places I've Never/Always Been" continues through Oct. 30. Call 202-299-9220. See review on Page 40.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Music

In a preview of next year's proposed citywide Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, Latin jazz star Poncho Sanchez performs Thursday at the Lincoln Theatre with special guests trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trombonist Steve Turre. Call 202-397-7328.

-- Richard Harrington

Dance

Choreographer Daniel Phoenix Singh and his troupe, Dakshina, blur the boundaries between performer and audience, club dancer and professional with "Songs of My Life." A multimedia experience -- part party, part choreographed show -- the event focuses on the hip lifestyles of Gen Xers and turns club dancing into an art form. With an open bar and great music, you can watch or join in Friday and Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. Call 301-405-2787.

-- Lisa Traiger

Film

"Shaun of the Dead" is a British salute to 1978's "Dawn of the Dead," by way of North London. And it's, uh, dead funny, assuming you appreciate capers involving zombies and the cricket bats it takes to kill 'em. See review on Page 45.

-- Desson Thomson

Simon Pegg, left, and Nick Frost are unlikely heroes in "Shaun of the Dead."