You can get up close and personal this week with Dr. John, the New Orleans legend more frequently featured on local concert stages. Through Sunday, the pianist and singer who took his name from a famous 19th-century healer in the Crescent City, will be featured in the cozy intimacy of Blues Alley. Call 202-337-4141.

-- Richard Harrington


This weekend at Dance Place, solo artist Nejla Y. Yatkin premieres her meditative "Deconstructing Mata Hari," which draws on the mysteries of the infamous woman using film, archival texts, and Eastern and contemporary dance styles in an intriguing work of feminist and historical reassessment. Call 202-269-1600.

-- Lisa Traiger


The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has just opened the latest two additions to its ongoing "Gyroscope" rotation of changing exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection: "Sculptors and Their Drawings" and "From Ordinary to Extraordinary." The latter features work made from such nontraditional materials as beeswax, newsprint, tacks, shelving, an electric fan, cabbages and live snails (all of which can be found in a single piece -- the newly acquired "Palimpsest," a room-size installation by artist Ann Hamilton). Call 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Based on the tale about the chicken who thought the sky was falling, "Chicken Little" will be beloved by children, but many big beings will also enjoy it. The animators are fabulous and full of mischief, weaving enough ironic amusements into the story for the longer of tooth. See review on Page 44.

-- Stephen Hunter

The animated film "Chicken Little" will amuse children and the not-so-young.