Highlighting selections from the artist's most recent photo book, "Mark Seliger: In My Stairwell" features handsome black-and-white portraits of artists, musicians and other creative types in the photographer's New York stairwell. The Govinda Gallery exhibition opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 and runs through Jan. 14. Call 202-333-1180.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


"Darwin's Nightmare" examines the economic and environmental disaster that followed a "little

scientific experiment" 40 years ago in Tanzania, in which the Nile perch was introduced to Lake

Victoria. Filmmaker Hubert Sauper has created a cinema verite journey to the murkiest reaches of human apathy and despair. See review on Page 42.

-- Ann Hornaday


This week's hot Scandinavian country: Norway! Electro-pop dance queen Annie (born Anne Lilia Berge-Strand), Norway's Madonna, is at the Black Cat (202-667-7960) Friday; guitarist Lage Lund, winner of the recent Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition at the Kennedy Center, headlines at Blues Alley (202-337-4141) on Wednesday; and trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen and a trio of fellow Norwegians offer classical, baroque and contemporary works at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (202-467-4600) on Thursday.

-- Richard Harrington


It takes until Act 2 for the Shakespeare Theatre Company's perspective-tweaking "The Comedy of Errors" to finally find its footing, a daffy Turkish taffy of a production end-loaded with ever sillier gags and cameos. Sometimes,

gussying up Shakespeare succeeds only in watering him down. In this case, director Douglas C. Wager's trickery is a treat. It runs through Jan. 8. Call 202-547-1122.

-- Peter Marks

Mark Seliger's portrait of Paul McCartney is at Govinda Gallery.