PHOTOGRAPHY PARIS WINS. In a show called "Paris in Transition," now on display in the photography galleries of the National Gallery, there are pictures from the museum's collection by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century -- Eugene Atget, Brassai, Andre Kertesz. In every one of these photos, the craft of its photographer seems to matter less than the city it shows. Even Kertesz's famous views looking down from the Eiffel Tower seem more about the tower and its city than about the artist's aggressive modernist distortions. You can almost smell the baguettes. -- Blake GopnikThrough May 6 in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, on the north side of the Mall at Seventh Street NW. Call 202-737-4215 or visit http://www.nga.gov.

THEATER FOR A FULL DOSEof unadulterated evil, Shakespeare Theatre Company's "Richard III" is the best prescription in town at the moment. The first of the company's three entries in the Shakespeare in Washington festival, Michael Kahn's potent portrait of royal malice is only around for a few more weeks, and tickets are going, going, going. -- Peter MarksThrough March 18 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 450 Seventh St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit http://www.shakespearedc.org.

FILM WAS "THE FOUNTAIN" TOO MAINSTREAM FOR YOU? Did you find "Inland Empire" just too obvious? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, visit the National Gallery of Art today and catch "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" (2005), the latest weird and wonderful head-scratcher from the Quay Brothers. Since making their mark in the 1980s with the films "The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer" (1984) and "Street of Crocodiles" (1986), Stephen and Timothy Quay have become known and beloved by discriminating audiences for preserving the kind of old-school animation perfected by Svankmajer and other Eastern Europeans. With "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" they continue the tradition, combining an inscrutable story of art, obsession and doomed love with a characteristically rich palette and imaginative production design. -- Ann Hornaday"The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" (99 minutes) will be shown at 4 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. It will be preceded by "The Street of Crocodiles" (20 minutes). Admission is free. Call 202-842-6799 or visit www.nga.gov/programs/filmart.shtm.