THE FRENCH EMBASSY'S cultural arm celebrates the millennium via a series of futuristic films such as 1995's "City of Lost Children," a nightmarish fairy tale directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Strikingly visceral imagery makes the movie intriguing despite its overly ambitious, dramatically slack story about a mad scientist who kidnaps children and steals their dreams. In French with subtitles; 112 minutes.

--Rita Kempley

La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. Wednesday at 7 p.m. $5. 202-944-6000.


FORGET THE USUAL RUSH to the salad bar for a helping of the collective germ pool, and skip the errands for once. The Washington Bach Consort makes the noon lunch hour a small moment of divinity in the chaos of downtown. This week it performs the small gem "Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren," the Cantata BWV 154.

--Philip Kennicott

At the Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G streets NW. Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. Free. 202-686-7500.


KNOWN FOR HER INTEREST in celebrity and family life, the Venezuelan artist Marisol has created several series of portraits using political figures, artists and, most recently, notable Native Americans as her subjects. In her current show at the Art Museum of the Americas, a smattering of these figures appear. "The Funeral" shows the little-boy figure of John F. Kennedy Jr. looming above the 1963 funeral procession of his father, his arm raised in the salute now familiar throughout the world. In another work, the artist Magritte appears with his signature umbrella, carved from a block of wood. A few not-so-famous faces, such as the artist's friend Mimi, are also included in the show.

--Nicole Lewis

At the Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Free. Through Jan. 9. 202-458-6016.


TAP DANCING has a strong foothold in the area--some of the top professionals, such as Baakari Wilder of Broadway's "Bring In 'da Noise, Bring In 'da Funk," had their start in local schools. Proof of the ongoing excellent training will be onstage this week as leading local tap companies join forces for the annual Tap Dance Festival. Featured will be Step Aside, Taps & Company, TAPestry and Tappers With Attitude.

--Sarah Kaufman

At Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. $15; $12 students, seniors and artists; $5 age 17 and under. 202-269-1600.