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Exhibition

On Friday, the National Archives opens "Public Vaults," a new permanent exhibition that uses interactive displays and so-called "immersive" technology -- along with, you know, actual documents -- to take visitors beyond the Big Three (the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights) to experience some of the billions of other historical records, including audio and video clips, in its collection. Call

202-501-5000.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Film

"The Polar Express," Robert Zemeckis's spirited adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg bedtime reader, is a computer-animated wonder, a magical film that captures the book's spirit and carries it even further into the digital realm. See review on Page 39.

-- Desson Thomson

Dance

Five years doesn't seem like enough time for a choreographer to put on a retrospective of works. But that's not the case for Nejla Y. Yatkin's "From Alpha to Omega: A Five-Year Retrospective of Solo Dance." Yatkin, a stunning and expressive dancer, has been building a body of soulful and soul-baring works that confront life's big issues: war, death and loss. Performances are Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 at Dance Place. Call 202-269-1600.

-- Lisa Traiger

Music

Hello, Dolly! Ms. Parton, last seen in the intimate confines of the 9:30 club, is in a reflective mood these days, so Sunday's Patriot Center concert should include a delightful trip down memory lane, tracing the singer's (and underrated songwriter's) Appalachian roots to the pop-country glories of the '70s and '80s and back to bluegrass again in the late '90s. Shades of Mr. Cash, she's even calling the show "Hello, I'm Dolly." Call 202-397-7328.

-- Richard Harrington

Dolly Parton sings at Patriot Center.