THE URUGUAYAN DIRECTOR Gerardo Stawsky will be on hand to discuss his film "Despite Treblinka" on Wednesday at the kickoff of the American Film Institute's Latin American Film Festival. The 90-minute documentary captures the firsthand reminiscences of survivors of the Treblinka concentration camp as they recount their experiences to children, grandchildren and the filmmaker. The film is one of more than 50 new shorts and features from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua that will be shown. The festival continues through Oct. 3 at the AFI Silver Theatre and the Kennedy Center Film Theater. It is co-sponsored by the Organization of American States and the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attaches.

-- Ann Hornaday

At the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Wednesday at 9 p.m. with a repeat screening Saturday at 5:30 p.m. For festival schedule and ticket information, call 301-495-6700 or visit


SOPRANO KATHLEEN BATTLE, whose tempestuous behavior led her to become the only bona fide diva in recent decades to be summarily fired by the Metropolitan Opera, will make a rare Washington appearance tomorrow night, courtesy of the Washington Performing Arts Society. Vocal aficionados will have to be there. Battle will be backed by a jazz combo and sing spirituals, Broadway hits and Latin American music. At her best, Battle was a wonderful artist with a voice of cherubic sweetness. Does she still have it? Find out tomorrow night.

-- Tim Page

At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tomorrow at 8 p.m. $35-$90. Call 202-785-WPAS or visit


LISTEN UP, COWBOYS: When single-and-proud country star Terri Clark -- her doe eyes blinking innocently under that pulled-low Stetson -- says she likes your bald spot and your sweat pants and your mother, don't believe her. This Canadian geetar-slinger is not to be trusted. She even admits to her fibbing skills on the current No. 1 hit "Girls Lie Too," a charming bit of twang-pop that gives cocky wranglers a flirty slap to the chaps. As Toby Keith's tour mate, Clark is the perfect antidote to that Angry American's macho chest-puffery. Of course, she probably tells Toby that she just loooves his stuff.

-- Sean Daly

At the Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $32.25-$66.25. Call 202-397-7328 or visit