AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, we just don't go to the movies to take a load off. Sometimes we go to have the bejabbers belted out of us. Admittedly, it's a small market niche, but for the next few weeks, that adventurous outstation of the cinematic experience Visions Bar Noir is offering a few flicks to curl your toes and straighten your hair, as part of a series called "Truly Shocking Showcase," which runs through June 10. Showing now are "Twentynine Palms," by "Humanite's" Bruno Dumont, which caused a scandal in even so jaded a venue as the Venice Film Festival; and "Love Object," about a boy and his, er, love object. Then next week, "In My Skin" and "Tattoo" arrive, both thrillers at the extreme edges of the things people do to the outside of their bodies. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
-- Stephen Hunter
At Visions Bar Noir, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. For schedule and ticket information, call 202-667-0090 or visit www.visionsdc.com.
CARL THEODOR DREYER'S "The Passion of Joan of Arc" is rightly regarded as one of the masterpieces of the silent cinema. Several years ago, the American composer Richard Einhorn created a score to accompany performances -- silent film was never really "silent" to begin with -- and the result, titled "Voices of Light," has taken on a life of its own (Einhorn's score is the one on the Criterion DVD of the Dreyer film). On Saturday the Fairfax Choral Society, with the celebrated a cappella ensemble Anonymous Four (in its final Washington area performance). will present this remarkable hybrid at Schlesinger Hall. Prepare to be moved.
-- Tim Page
At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Saturday at 8 p.m. $30-$33. Call 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.
IN THE HANDS of an artist, displacement can become a powerful tool. At the Inter-American Development Bank's Cultural Center, "Vive Haiti: Contemporary Art of the Haitian Diaspora" allows 11 artists who have left their homeland to express love and patriotism but also the bewilderment that comes from being on the outside looking in. Emotions are conveyed through sequins, beads, straw, cut metal, painted wood, terra cotta, even fake rose petals. A digital print by Maxence Denis looks positively electrified.
-- Linda Hales
At the IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW, through Aug. 6. Art gallery opens weekdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Call 202-623-3774 or visit www.iadb.org/cultural.