In honor of the 80th anniversary of the New Yorker, Dupont Circle's Alex Gallery (which is marking its 20th year in business), will open an exhibition Friday featuring more than 50 examples of the magazine's ever-witty cover art, including several original lithographs. "80 Years of New Yorker Covers" runs through June 30. Call 202-667-2599.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


"Cinderella Man," a Depression-era fable about a come-from-behind boxer (Russell Crowe) may seem like "Seabiscuit" in the boxing ring. But there's much more to it than that, thanks to Crowe's bighearted performance. See review on Page 47.

-- Desson Thomson


The "Women's Music" movement found some of its inspiration in '70s Washington, when Cris Williamson visited local singer-songwriters Meg Christian and Margie Adam and came away with the idea for Olivia Records. Williamson, one of the genre's pioneering voices with her subsequent "The Changer and the Changed" album, performs Saturday at the Birchmere, with Amikaeyla Gaston, recent winner of five Wammies. The concert benefits the Mautner Project, the national lesbian health organization. Call


-- Richard Harrington


A Nancy Drew-like detective figures in a new dance-theater work, "The Young Sleuth Slipped Quietly Out the Door," performed by Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group Saturday and Sunday at Dance Place. Joining in are the ageless performers of Quicksilver Dance Company, an ensemble whose average is 70. Call


-- Lisa Traiger

Eustace Tilley on the first New Yorker cover in 1925.