The foliage may be falling, but curtains are rising again. Inside, our critics point to blockbuster shows, enchanting exhibitions, unexpected concerts and the little-known festivals set to make autumn come alive.

Middleburg Film Festival, the latest addition to D.C. area cinema culture, set for October

Middleburg Film Festival vying for status as a stop on the festival, awards circuit.

Rock the Bells hip-hop festival set for D.C. stop

Kendrick Lamar is among 56 artists expected to perform at the touring extravaganza at RFK Stadium.

Innovation — and staples — abound in fall 2013 dance schedule

With all of this bounty, how does one make a top pick? Well, I’m taking a leap of faith, as one has to do in matters of the heart.

National Gallery’s East Building renovation opens the door for the area’s other museums

How will it be after the National Gallery’s East Building closing and the Hirshhorn’s burst “Bubble”?

Curtain is rising on fall theater season in Washington

The Broadway-bound “If/Then,” with Idina Menzel, could spark a revival for D.C.’s National Theatre.

Cameron Carpenter, a classical organ rebel, is coming to the Kennedy Center

The organist is unafraid to challenge traditions in seeking new audiences for his instrument.

Fall gallery shows: ‘Cyber In Securities,’ ‘Silver Clouds,’ ‘This is Labor’

Others include works by Rachel Farbiarz and Michael Francis Reagan, and the (e)merge art fair.

Fall museum preview: Photographs of the March on Washington and more

With all the observances to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation’s largest protest in the civil rights era, the Library of Congress chose a simple, singular focus for its photo exhibition.