A COURAGEOUS GROUP of American flyers recalls their years as POWs during the Vietnam War in "Return With Honor." The detailed, often difficult documentary recounts the torturous and inhumane treatment they endured as "guests" of the infamous "Hanoi Hilton."

--Rita Kempley

Special Veterans Day screenings take place Friday at noon and 7 p.m. at the National Archives, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-501-5000.


JANE FRANKLIN DANCE has tapped into one of the most powerful forces of nature--the motherly reminder. Straight from Mom's mouth, "Wash Your Hands" and "Drink Plenty of Water" are the titles of two of Franklin's works from her ongoing project, "Home Remedies: Backyard Dance and Art." Also on her upcoming program is "Home Bodies," a piece about mothers and daughters that includes a contingent of schoolchildren.

--Sarah Kaufman

At Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. $5-$15. 202-269-1600.


ENGLAND'S STRANGLERS predated the Sex Pistols by six months and outlasted them by a good decade, and though they had some minor airplay in the States with "Always the Sun," they never found the commercial success here to rival that back home, where they had more than two dozen hits. Lead singer and songwriter Hugh Cornwell, who finally abandoned the group in 1990 for a solo career, is coming to town, performing solo, to hype his new album, "Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit." It's actually a reconfiguration of a 1997 album that finds him falling somewhere between Robyn Hitchcock drollness and Lou Reed dryness. Cornwell will also revive some of the old Stranglers songs, though they may need the power of a band, which he'll have when he returns in the spring.

--Richard Harrington

At the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. Saturday at 9:30 p.m. $8. 202-667-4490.


A FLOWING FOUNTAIN in Paris's Luxembourg Gardens, Rockefeller Center lit up at night and the flora and fauna of rural Pennsylvania were all images American artist Grace Albee immortalized in wood. During a prolific career that spanned half a century, Albee engraved places she knew and loved. An image of her hands working on a block of wood serves as her "Self-Portrait" in the current show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, "Grace Albee: An American Printmaker, 1890-1985." Along with Albee's artwork, the exhibit contains a display of her well-worn tools of the trade.

--Nicole Lewis

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Through Nov. 21. Free. 202-783-5000.