WHAT WOULD A HIP-HOP museum exhibit? Scratched records and outlandish street fashions from the '70s, '80s and '90s? Perhaps. But North Philadelphia native Rennie Harris got it right when, instead of static display cases, he created a living, breathing hip-hop museum with his traveling, evening-long celebration, "Hip Hop Legends." The show honors, among others, Don Campbell, who invented locking, his signature step, known for its staccato, freeze-frame action. Today his inventive moves have been co-opted by new generations -- Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, 'N Sync and Mya. With classic video clips and interviews with old-school hip-hop innovators, Harris reveals the influence on hip-hop by African dance, martial arts, cartoon and television culture, and acrobatics.
-- Lisa Traiger
At George Mason University Center for the Arts. Saturday at 7 p.m. $20-$40. Call 703-993-8877 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa/harris.html
IT'S BAAA-AAAACK! That would be the European Union Film Showcase, 2002 edition. Though it started last Monday, the festival, which brings the best of the new European cinema to the Kennedy Center in the form of 18 films getting a D.C. debut, really gets rolling this week. Today's film, for example, at 8 p.m. (and also 6:30 p.m. tomorrow), is "Kites Over Helsinki," a Finnish film from director Peter Lindholm. Wednesday, Claude Miller's "Alias Betty," from France, goes onscreen in the marble palace. Next Saturday Jeroen Krabbe's "The Discovery of Heaven" (from Holland) shows. Fun, fun, fun.
-- Stephen Hunter
At the Kennedy Center's AFI National Film Theater through Nov. 10. $8 per screening. Call 202-785-4601 or visit www.afi.com.
IN BRITAIN, Sir Edward Elgar's great setting of Cardinal John Henry Newman's "The Dream of Gerontius" ranks only a little below Handel's "Messiah" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah" among the most popular choral works. Yet it is rarely presented in the United States. All the more reason, then, to be grateful for the Choral Arts Society's decision to undertake a performance of this massive work, with tenor Stanford Olsen, mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby and bass-baritone Gary Relyea. Norman Scribner will conduct a 62-piece orchestra and 190-member symphonic chorus in the Elgar-Newman depiction of death and transfiguration.
-- Tim Page
At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Today at 2:30 p.m. $16-$48. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org