The 2004 Book Arts Fair and Conference runs Friday afternoon through Sunday at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auditorium and Science Center in Silver Spring. In addition to displays of artists books, limited-edition fine press books and handmade papers, the event includes speakers and, at Pyramid Atlantic, a center for print, paper and book arts, demonstrations of letterpress, silkscreen and intaglio printing, bookbinding and papermaking. Call 301-608-9101, Ext. 101, or visit www.bookartsfair.org.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Alfred Kinsey, the sexual pioneer whose landmark books on male and female sexuality changed society, is the subject of "Kinsey," Bill Condon's candid, entertaining film. As the title character, Liam Neeson gives one of his most inspired performances. See review on Page 32.

-- Desson Thomson


Still evoking Billie Holiday's suppleness and languid warmth, but wisely sounding much less derivative, Madeleine Peyroux marks that distance on her new album, addressing songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, while also dipping into ancient waters with a couple of Bessie Smith blues, and songs from W.C. Handy and Josephine Baker. Peyroux performs with Susan Werner Sunday at the Birchmere. Call 703-549-7500.

-- Richard Harrington


Dance Place founding artistic director Carla Perlo is retiring from performing, and to celebrate she's invited friends and fellow dancers, young and old, to dance with her spunky troupe, Carla & Company, Saturday and Sunday. During the premiere of "All Wrapped Up," you might be asked to join the circle and offer a step or two. Call 202-269-1600.

-- Lisa Traiger

Liam Neeson and Laura Linney portray pioneering sex researchers in "Kinsey."