"Celtic Woman" is now a "Riverdance"-like brand name, and so is

"A Woman's Heart," an album project featuring Celtic women. Four of them -- Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, Sharon Shannon and Cara Dillon -- offer a feast of traditional and contemporary Irish music at the Birchmere on Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 703-549-7500.

-- Richard Harrington


The almost antique charm of "Zathura" recalls the 1950s sci-fi movies in which actors in silver suits pretended to be aliens. The film's handmade feel gives it an appealing, childlike sense of wonder, an element too often forgotten in movies with many times the budget and technological resources. See review on Page 44.

-- Desson Thomson


You may not have heard of Jean Pigozzi, but it's even less likely that you know of most of the artists whose work he collects. There are a few well-known names such as Seydou Keita, the Malian photographer whose mid-20th-century portraits weren't "discovered" by the art world until the 1990s. But you'll also find the mostly unknown -- and, like Keita, largely self-taught -- artists whose work Pigozzi champions. "African Art Now: Masterpieces From the Jean Pigozzi Collection" opens Wednesday at the National Museum of African Art. Call 202-633-1000.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

A painting of a water diety is part of "African Art Now: Masterpieces From the Jean Pigozzi Collection."