The best bet for art lovers this holiday weekend, as it is many weekends, is the National Gallery of Art, where the sheer mileage of its eight current special exhibitions should be enough to work off any extra turkey-day calories. Offerings include "Origins of European Printmaking: 15th-Century Woodcuts and Their Public," which closes Sunday, and "Audubon's Dream Realized: Selections from 'The Birds of America,' " running through April 2.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


Since 2001's "A Garage Dayz Nite," Beatallica has been answering a question no one had ever thought of before: What if you did Beatles-type songs as Metallica-style thrash metal? Well, you'd get mashups like "I Want to Choke Your Band" and "Leper Madonna." And the notoriously thin-skinned Metallica boys approve! Hear why at the Black Cat on Tuesday. Call 202-667-7960.

-- Richard Harrington


If and when Melissa Errico's ship comes in -- in the form of a Broadway musical big enough to showcase her enormous vocal talents -- she'll be the proverbial overnight sensation 10 years in the making. In the meantime, Friday and Saturday at the Kennedy Center, Errico will be a featured performer in the National Symphony Orchestra Pops' "Salute to the Silver Screen," singing chestnuts from "My Fair Lady" and more. Marvin Hamlisch conducts. Call 202-467-4600.

-- Scott Vogel


An often macabre comedy, "The Ice Harvest," starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, allows us to doff such civilized traits as taste and decency. We're free to laugh at anything, and we do. Oh, the shame -- and the good time. See review on Page 39.

-- Desson Thomson

John Cusack and Connie Nielsen star in the dark comedy "The Ice Harvest."