If you don't go looking for the cute 'n' fuzzy feeling of Gene Wilder's performance in 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," you'll probably enjoy Johnny Depp's oddball turn as Wonka in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Short on warmth, maybe, but long on spectacle and off-the-wall humor, it's diverting fun. See review on Page 31.

-- Desson Thomson


American University's Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center, home to the American University Museum, debuts Saturday with an open house from noon to 7. Check out the three-story, 30,000-square-foot exhibition space and sculpture garden, whose inaugural show, "Soft Openings," is informed by -- and frequently comments upon -- the building's impressive, curvilinear architecture. The exhibition runs through Sept. 17. Call 202-885-1300.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Composer Jennifer Cutting, who swept most of the major awards at this year's Washington Area Music Awards, will give a free concert Friday at 7 p.m. outside Borders on Fenton Street in Silver Spring, featuring vocalist Grace Griffith and some members of Cutting's Celt-rock Ocean Orchestra. Call 301-585-0550.

-- Richard Harrington

Deep Roy plays the Oompa Loompas -- all of them -- in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."