Acknowledged as a master of the technically challenging platinum printing process, artist Irving Penn and his finely detailed, richly textured black-and-white photography are the subject of "Irving Penn: Platinum Prints," opening Sunday and running through Oct. 2 at the National Gallery of Art's West Building. Call 202-737-4215.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


For 18 months leading to the opening of its Music Center, Strathmore's Mansion and the Washington Area Music Association co-hosted weekly tributes to local legends, rising stars and key events in Washington music history. All were recorded. On Wednesday, WAMA and Strathmore unveil the 17-track "Washington Area Music Timeline Concert Series: Volume 1," featuring the Nighthawks, the Jewels, Hazel Dickens, the Dick Morgan Quartet and other artists. A free outdoor concert at 7 will feature Last Train Home, the Chris Watling Combo and the Grandsons. Call 301-581-5100.

-- Richard Harrington


Hip-hop, the high-energy, urban dance form, is well into its third decade, so it's no surprise that local hip-hoppers Juliana Calderon, Alana Hill and Patrick Sandoval of Washington's Expansion Dance Project are looking both to the past and the future with their program Saturday and Sunday, "Hip Hop: Rebirth and Evolution," at Joy of Motion's Jack Guidone Theater. Call 202-362-3042.

-- Lisa Traiger


A good story always works, whether the movie's a student project shot on a hand-held camcorder or a massive Hollywood undertaking like "Batman Begins." And in the case of "Batman," there is a good story, which makes for a darkly entertaining movie. See review on Page 33.

-- Desson Thomson

Christian Bale stars

in "Batman Begins."