Inspired by a trip to Mexico more 20 years ago, where Sean Scully was first struck by the bright light, stark shadows and what curator Stephen Bennett Phillips calls "the stacked stone walls that littered the landscape," the abstract painter has created deeply emotional color-field compositions meant to evoke disparate places, people, times of day and seasons. "Sean Scully: Wall of Light" opens Saturday at the Phillips Collection, with a retrospective look at his works on paper and early paintings. Call 202-387-2151.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Oscar winner Charlize Theron ("Monster") proves her acting chops yet again in "North Country," an engrossing, well-crafted story based on true events surrounding a landmark 1984 sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a miner (Theron) against her Minnesota employer. See review on Page 45.

-- Ann Hornaday


More than a half-century after his death, legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt rules. The Swing Sisters, a new group led by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, will feature Reinhardt standards in its Wednesday debut at the Mansion at Strathmore; call 301-581-5100. On Thursday, the Kennedy Center Jazz Club kicks off its three-day Django Reinhardt Festival with French guitarists Dorado and Samson Schmitt and violinist Pierre Blanchard in the Stephane Grappelli role. Call 202-467-4600.

-- Richard Harrington


Washington choreographer Jane Jerardi's "Efficiency," premiering Saturday at the GALA Theatre-Tivoli, promises a unique combination of dance, video and music, the latter thanks to a commissioned score by Robin Rimbaud. Otherwise known as Scanner, Rimbaud's penchant for found sounds should pair well with Jerardi's affinity for gestural movement. Call 202-785-9727.

-- Lisa Traiger

"Mexico Zacula" is part of "Sean Scully: Wall of Light," opening Saturday at the Phillips Collection.