Movies based on books -- not to mention plays, TV shows and even other movies -- are pretty common. Contemporary art exhibitions with literary roots are harder to find. Taking their inspiration from Jonathan Swift's 1726 satirical allegory "Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World" (aka "Gulliver's Travels"), the artists' collaborative known as KIOSKdc is presenting "Traveling With Gulliver" at the D.C. Arts Center through July 24. The four artists, whose work involves installation, drawing, video and cartoon "chapters," will discuss the show and its themes on Sunday at 3. Call 202-462-7833.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


It's Wanda Jackson, the venerable Queen of Rockabilly (she arrived on the scene about the same time as Elvis!) and Rockabilly Filly Rosie Flores, sharing a bill Friday at the Black Cat. Jackson was recently awarded an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Call 202-667-7960.

-- Richard Harrington


On Monday, the DC Hip Hop Festival continues with England's Benji Reid, who brings his astonishing freestyle body popping to the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Local B-boys and B-girls make good Tuesday with a slew of dance and music showcasing Washington's Reggie Glass and Jessica Hirst, whose "Snooze" blends hip-hop movement techniques and social commentary. Call 202-467-4600.

-- Lisa Traiger

Wanda Jackson, with Elvis Presley in 1957, performs Friday at the Black Cat.