OUR PICKS

Exhibition

On Saturday, in conjunction with its "Visual Music" exhibition, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will host free family activities: From 10:30 to noon and from 1:30 to 3, artist Tim Rollins will lead music-themed artmaking workshops for ages 8 and older. Composer Chris Patton will demonstrate at 10, 11, 12:30 and 1:30 how visitors ages 6 and older can play the VideoHarp by interrupting light beams with their fingers. Registration is not necessary, but space is limited. Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Music

The Virgin Islands are going through a massive roots reggae renaissance, and several of the hottest acts on the IGrade Records label -- Army, Niyorah, Abja and Ancient King -- along with Atlanta's Aba Shaka, make their Washington debut Friday at Cafe Mawonaj (624 T St. NW). Call 202-332-4480.

-- Richard Harrington

Film

"Hustle & Flow" shows Terrence Howard in a completely different light from his almost milquetoast role as a TV producer in "Crash." In Craig Brewer's new film (see review on Page 32), he's DJay, a Memphis pimp who decides to make a rap music hit. It's a stunning performance and a superb movie.

-- Desson Thomson

Terrence Howard has big dreams in "Hustle & Flow."