The fall gallery season gets underway with a blast Saturday. Several, in fact, including one aptly named "Blasts," at G Fine Art (202-462-1601). The group show is one of several opening in the multi-gallery building at 1515 14th St. NW, where you'll also find work by Jiha Moon (Curator's Office,
202-387-1008), Chuck Close
(Adamson Gallery, 202-232-0707), and Joseph Mills and Renee Stout (Hemphill Fine Arts, 202-234-5601). Then there's "Wrinkle Free," a 30-year retrospective of Joe Cameron and Paul Feinberg's photographs of Washington artists at Viridian (202-667-2714), soon to transform into a restaurant.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
Swedish director Ingmar Bergman produces another existentially charged gem with "Saraband," an epilogue to his 1974 film "Scenes From a Marriage." Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson, reprising their original roles, portray ex-spouses whose interactions after a three-decade absence yield a bounty of revelations between them. See review on Page 36.
-- Desson Thomson
Jazz goes to church via Blues Alley Friday through Sunday as Kendrick Oliver's 19-piece New Life Jazz Orchestra explores the jazz-gospel connection with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and vocalist Kevin Mahogany. The repertoire mixes classic gospel tunes with big-band classics. Call 202-337-4141.
-- Richard Harrington
When choreographer Bebe Miller visited Eritrea six years ago, she discovered home in a strange land and inspiration for "Landing/Place" Wednesday through Sept. 16 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A product of Miller's experiments with motion-capture video, computer animation and modern dance, the piece blends technology and the body. Call 301-405-2787.
-- Lisa Traiger