The faint whiff of scandal should be enough to make the opening weekend of the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran's "Options 2005" interesting. On Saturday at 4, at 3307 M St. NW (the site of a former Staples store), hear a gallery talk by Olivia Lumpkin, the West Coast curator, critic and art historian who replaced the regional biennial's original curator, D.C. collector Philip Barlow, when he was forced out by the WPA/C for his refusal to consider artists who had participated in the city's "Party Animals" and "PandaMania" public art projects. "Options 2005" runs through Nov. 27. Call 202-639-1828.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
In "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," the inventor and his dog finally have a full-length feature, a magical stop-motion animation comedy in which the King Kong of rabbits threatens their town's vegetable gardens. See review on Page 39.
-- Ann Hornaday
Folks who miss the National Folk Festivals held for years at Wolf Trap can mosey down to Richmond, whose riverfront hosts the 67th fest as a free event Friday though Sunday. More than 30 traditional acts, including Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Bernard Allison and the Savoy Family Band, will perform. Visit www.nationalfolkfestival.com or call 804-788-6466.
-- Richard Harrington
Friday's "Romantic Journey on the Orient Express," a joint effort by CityDance Ensemble and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore, is a feast for the love-struck. A highlight of the program is Paul Gordon Emerson's "On the Steps," a contemporary take on "Tristan und Isolde" with Richard Wagner's magnificent music as a backdrop. Call 301-581-5100.
-- Lisa Traiger