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'FRAGMENT' Opens Sunday. Classic Stage Company presents a new play based on bits and pieces of Euripides and Sophocles. Pavol Liska directs (1:15). Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, East Village, (212) 677-4210.

'JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS' Opens Monday. Something of a phenomenon in the late 1960's, this Belgian singer's romantic music returns to New York in this musical, which features tangos, ballads, boleros and rock 'n' roll (2:00). Zipper Theater, 336 West 37th Street, (212) 239-6200.

'STUFF HAPPENS' Previews start Tuesday. The words of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and company make up the script of David Hare's docudrama about the run-up to war (2:50). Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200.

'THREE DAYS OF RAIN' Previews start Tuesday. Opens April 19. Julia Roberts stars in this year's most closely watched star vehicle, a revival of the Richard Greenberg time-traveling drama about how we divide the legacy of our parents. Paul Rudd also stars. Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, 242 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200.

'SANDRA BERNHARD: EVERYTHING BAD AND BEAUTIFUL' Previews start Wednesday. Opens April 5. Miss Bernhard bares her soul, sings a few tunes and dishes some gossip in her latest solo (you know, the usual). (2:00). Daryl Roth Theater, 101 East 15th Street, at Union Square, East Village, (212) 239-6200.

'70 GIRLS 70' Opens Thursday. New York City Center Encores! revives this little-known Kander and Ebb musical about elderly Upper West Side residents who go on a crime spree (2:20). New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street, (212) 581-1212.

'THE CATARACT' Opens April 2. Two upstanding Midwesterners welcome a transient Southern couple into their home in Lisa D'Amour's sensual new play (2:15). Woman's Project/Julia Miles Theater, 424 West 55th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200.

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'PEN' Opens April 2. A college-bound student struggles with his dysfunctional parents in this new play by David Marshall Grant ("Snakebit"). J. Smith-Cameron stars (2:15). Playwrights Horizons, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200.

'SHOW PEOPLE' Opens April 6. A new comedy by Paul Weitz ("Privilege") about two actors who are hired by a banker to impersonate his parents. Debra Monk stars (2:00). Second Stage Theater, 307 West 43rd Street, Clinton, (212) 246-4422.

'TRYST' Opens April 6. A womanizing con man tries to seduce a love-starved shop girl in Karoline Leach's new drama set in Edwardian England (2:00). Promenade Theater, 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street, (212) 239-6200.

'FESTEN' Opens April 9. Based on the film "The Celebration," this London transfer, starring Julianna Margulies, Larry Bryggman and Michael Hayden, is about a Danish man who confronts some old secrets at a family reunion (1:45). Music Box Theater, 239 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200.

'BASED ON A TOTALLY TRUE STORY' Opens April 11. A Hollywood deal makes a comic-book writer re-evaluate his relationships in this new play by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (2:00). Manhattan Theater Club at City Center Stage II, 131 West 55th Street, (212) 581-1212.

'LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY' Previews start Tuesday. Opens April 16. John Guare, never satisfied with an overly tidy play, throws comedy, tragedy, satire and mystery into this cult drama, which opened almost three decades ago. Lili Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott star. Signature Theater's Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 244-7529.

'AWAKE AND SING!' Previews start today. Opens April 17. Lincoln Center revives Clifford Odets's classic fist-shaking drama about a Jewish family struggling to survive during the Depression. The impressive cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Ben Gazzara and Zoë Wanamaker (2:30). Belasco Theater, 111 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200.

'LESTAT' Previews start tomorrow. Opens April 25. Elton John and Bernie Taupin have a good track record making pop hits, but can they find success in the cursed genre of the vampire musical? Hugh Panaro stars (2:30). Palace Theater, 1564 Broadway, (212) 307-4100.

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Broadway

'BAREFOOT IN THE PARK' For a work that celebrates the liberating force of spontaneity, this revival of Neil Simon's 1963 comedy doesn't have one scene that feels organic, let alone impromptu. Directed by Scott Elliott, and starring Patrick Wilson and a miscast Amanda Peet as newlyweds in Greenwich Village, this "Barefoot" has the robotic gait of Frankenstein's monster (2:20). Cort Theater, 138 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Ben Brantley)

* 'BRIDGE & TUNNEL' This delightful solo show, written and performed by Sarah Jones, is a sweet-spirited valentine to New York City, its polyglot citizens and the larger notion of an all-inclusive America. In 90 minutes of acutely observed portraiture gently tinted with humor, Ms. Jones plays more than a dozen men and women participating in an open-mike evening of poetry for immigrants (1:30). Helen Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Charles Isherwood)

'THE COLOR PURPLE' So much plot, so many years, so many characters to cram into less than three hours. This beat-the-clock musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Southern black women finding their inner warriors never slows down long enough for you to embrace it. LaChanze leads the vibrant, hard-working cast (2:40). Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS' The arrival of Jonathan Pryce and his eloquent eyebrows automatically makes this the season's most improved musical. With Mr. Pryce (who replaces the admirable but uneasy John Lithgow) playing the silken swindler to Norbert Leo Butz's vulgar grifter, it's as if a mismatched entry in a three-legged race had become an Olympic figure-skating pair (2:35). Imperial Theater, 249 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'DOUBT, A PARABLE' (Pulitzer Prize, Best Play 2005, and Tony Award, Best Play 2005) Set in the Bronx in 1964, this drama by John Patrick Shanley is structured as a clash of wills and generations between Sister Aloysius (Eileen Atkins), the head of a parochial school, and Father Flynn (Ron Eldard), the young priest who may or may not be too fond of the boys in his charge. The play's elements bring to mind those tidy topical melodramas that were once so popular. But Mr. Shanley makes subversive use of musty conventions (1:30). Walter Kerr Theater, 219 West 48th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'JERSEY BOYS' From grit to glamour with the Four Seasons, directed by the pop repackager Des McAnuff ("The Who's Tommy"). The real thrill of this shrink-wrapped bio-musical, for those who want something more than recycled chart toppers and a story line poured from a can, is watching the wonderful John Lloyd Young (as Frankie Valli) cross the line from exact impersonation into something far more compelling (2:30). August Wilson Theater, 245 West 52nd Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA' Love is a many-flavored thing, from sugary to sour, in Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas's encouragingly ambitious and discouragingly unfulfilled new musical. The show soars only in the sweetly bitter songs performed by the wonderful Victoria Clark, as an American abroad (2:15). Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'THE ODD COUPLE' Odd is not the word for this couple. How could an adjective suggesting strangeness or surprise apply to a production so calculatedly devoted to the known, the cozy, the conventional? As the title characters in Neil Simon's 1965 comedy, directed as if to a metronome by Joe Mantello, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick reprise their star performances from "The Producers," and it's not a natural fit. Don't even consider killing yourself because the show is already sold out (2:10). Brooks Atkinson Theater, 256 West 47th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley)

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* 'THE PAJAMA GAME' Sexual chemistry in a Broadway musical? Isn't that illegal now? If it were, then Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O'Hara -- the white-hot stars of Kathleen Marshall's delicious revival of this 1954 musical -- would be looking at long jail terms. This intoxicating production, which features a charming supporting cast led by Michael McKean, allows grown-up audiences the rare chance to witness a bona fide adult love affair translated into hummable songs and sprightly dance (2:30). American Airlines Theater, 227 West 42nd Street, (212) 719-1300. (Brantley)

* 'RABBIT HOLE' Thanks to a certain former American president, it has become almost impossible to say that you feel someone else's pain without its sounding like a punch line. Yet the sad, sweet release of David Lindsay-Abaire's wrenching play, about the impact of the death of a small child, lies precisely in the access it allows to the pain of others, in its meticulously mapped empathy. With an emotionally transparent five-member cast led by Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly, directed by Daniel Sullivan, this anatomy of grief doesn't so much jerk tears as tap them (2:10). Biltmore Theater, 261 West 47th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'RING OF FIRE' The man in black turns sunshine yellow in a show that strings songs associated with Johnny Cash into a big, bright candy necklace of a musical revue, created and directed by Richard Maltby Jr. In the current bio-flick "Walk the Line," Cash wrestles demons; "Ring of Fire" wrestles with a really bad case of the cutes (2:00). Ethel Barrymore Theater, 243 West 47th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'SPAMALOT' (Tony Award, Best Musical 2005) This staged re-creation of the mock-medieval movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is basically a singing scrapbook for Python fans. Such a good time is being had by so many people that this fitful, eager celebration of inanity and irreverence has found a large and lucrative audience (2:20). Shubert Theater, 225 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

* 'SWEENEY TODD' Sweet dreams, New York. This thrilling new revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical, with Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone leading a cast of 10 who double as their own musicians, burrows into your thoughts like a campfire storyteller who knows what really scares you. The inventive director John Doyle aims his pared-down interpretation at the squirming child in everyone who wants to have his worst fears both confirmed and dispelled (2:30). Eugene O'Neill Theater, 230 West 49th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

* 'THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE' The happy news for this happy-making little musical is that the move to larger quarters has dissipated none of its quirky charm. William Finn's score sounds plumper and more rewarding than it did on Off Broadway, providing a sprinkling of sugar to complement the sass in Rachel Sheinkin's zinger-filled book. The performances are flawless. Gold stars all around (1:45). Circle in the Square, 1633 Broadway, at 50th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Isherwood)

Off Broadway

* 'ABIGAIL'S PARTY' Scott Elliott's thoroughly delectable production of Mike Leigh's 1977 comedy about domestic discord among the British middle classes. Jennifer Jason Leigh leads a superb ensemble cast as a party hostess who wields the gin bottle like a deadly weapon, resulting in an evening of savagely funny chaos (2:15). Acorn Theater at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Isherwood)

'BERNARDA ALBA' Michael John LaChiusa's musical adaptation of Federico García Lorca's tragedy of sexual repression often feels wan and weary, though not for want of erotic imagery. The ominous, oppressive atmosphere that makes Lorca's play so much more than a potboiler is mostly missing in inaction. Graciela Daniele directs a game ensemble led by a miscast Phylicia Rashad (1:30). Mitzi Newhouse Theater, 150 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

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'CHRISTINE JORGENSON REVEALS' Bradford Louryk meticulously lip-syncs a fascinating hourlong interview about gender and sexuality with Ms. Jorgenson, whose sex-change operation in the 1950's was big news (1:00). The Studio Theater at Theater Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Jason Zinoman)

'CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY' Steven Fales, a sixth-generation Mormon, describes leaving his family and becoming a gay escort in this fairly conventional, although admittedly compelling, piece of confessional theater (1:30). SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, between Avenue of the Americas and Varick Street, (212) 691-1555. (Zinoman)

'DEFIANCE' The second play in John Patrick Shanley's cycle of morality dramas that began with "Doubt," this ambitious tale of racial relations and the military mindset on a North Carolina marine base feels both overcrowded and oddly diffuse. If "Doubt" has an elegant and energy-efficient sprinter's gait, "Defiance" progresses with a flustered air of distraction. The excellent Margaret Colin, as an officer's wife, provides a welcome shot of credibility (1:30). Manhattan Theater Club, Theater 1, 131 West 55th Street, (212) 581-1212. (Brantley)

'ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE' Miscasting is the mother of invention. Or so it proves to be for Jan Maxwell, who retailors an ill-fitting part and makes it as snug as a glove in this underpowered revival of Joe Orton's scandalous 1964 comedy. Scott Ellis's production of Orton's great farce of sexual hypocrisy, which also stars Alec Baldwin, is breezy, often funny and rarely convincing. (2:00). Laura Pels Theater at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater, 111 West 46th Street, (212) 719-1300. (Brantley)

'FAMILY SECRETS' Performing old jokes with meticulous detail, Sherry Glaser in her solo show brings to life three generations of a Jewish family (1:30). 37 Arts, 450 West 37th Street, (212) 307-4100. (Zinoman)

'GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!' The all-singing, all-dancing Jon Peterson summons the spirit of this legendary Broadway entertainer in this engaging one-man musical, devised and directed by Chip Deffaa (1:30). Irish Repertory Theater, 132 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, (212) 727-2737. (George Hunka)

'GREY GARDENS' As the socialite in limbo called "Little" Edie Beale, Christine Ebersole gives one of the most gorgeous performances ever to grace a musical. Unfortunately, she's a pearl of incalculable price in a show that is mostly costume jewelry. Adapted from the Maysles brothers' 1975 cult documentary movie, a camp favorite, and directed by Michael Greif, with the excellent Mary Louise Wilson as Edie's bedridden mother (2:40). Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Brantley)

* 'I LOVE YOU BECAUSE' The plot line -- single New Yorkers in search of love -- couldn't be more familiar, but somehow this fluffy, funny musical makes it refreshing, helped along by an engaging six-member cast, with David A. Austin making a particularly hilarious impression. An impressive start for Ryan Cunningham (book and lyrics) and Joshua Salzman (music), both still in their 20's (2:00). Village Theater, 158 Bleecker Street, near Sullivan Street, East Village, (212) 307-4100. (Neil Genzlinger)

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* 'THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE' Please turn off your political correctness monitor along with your cellphone for Martin McDonagh's gleeful, gory and appallingly entertaining play. This blood farce about terrorism in rural Ireland, acutely directed by Wilson Milam, has a carnage factor to rival Quentin Tarantino's. But it is also wildly, absurdly funny and, even more improbably, severely moral (1:45). Atlantic Theater, 336 West 20th Street, Chelsea, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'MEASURE FOR MEASURE' A solid revival of one of Shakespeare's problem plays in which the director Beatrice Terry has opted to emphasize the humor, especially in the scenes of comic relief. A staging with handsome costumes and that for the most part boasts a fine cast, whose members have made some smart choices (2:30). Theater 80, 80 St. Marks Place, East Village, (212) 598-9802. (Wilborn Hampton)

'RED LIGHT WINTER' A frank, occasionally graphic story of erotic fixation and the havoc it can wreak on sensitive types. Written and directed by Adam Rapp, this play is both a doomy romantic drama and a morbid comedy about the anxieties of male friendship. Although somewhat contrived, it features a lovely performance by Christopher Denham as a lonely soul starved for intimacy (2:25). Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 239-6200. (Isherwood)

'SOLDIER'S WIFE' When this play first opened on Broadway, World War II was shuddering to a close, and those on the home front wanted to feel good. Despite flaws in the work, the Mint Theater Company's revival of Rose Franken's 1944 comedy is highly entertaining (2:00). Mint Theater, 311 West 43rd Street, Clinton, (212) 315-0231. (Honor Moore)

* '[TITLE OF SHOW]' Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell are the authors, stars and subject matter of this delectable new musical about its own making. The self-consciousness is tempered by a wonderful cast performing with the innocence of kids cavorting in a sandbox. It's a worthy postmodern homage to the classic backstage musicals, and an absolute must for show queens (1:30). Vineyard Theater, 108 East 15th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 353-0303. (Isherwood)

* 'TRANSATLANTIC LIAISON' A play fashioned from Simone de Beauvoir's love letters to the American novelist Nelson Algren and scenes from her novel "The Mandarins" (which tells the story of their affair). Wonderful performances by Elizabeth Rothan as de Beauvoir in love, and Matthew S. Tompkins as the emotional Algren (1:30). Harold Clurman Theater on Theater Row, 412 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Moore)

'WALK THE MOUNTAIN' Jude Narita's one-woman show "Walk the Mountain," about the hellish effects of the Vietnam War, offers nuanced accounts rather than a mere litany of horrors. (1:00). 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, (212) 279-4200. (Laura Weinert)

Off Off Broadway

'BACK OF THE THROAT' An Arab-American playwright (Yussef El Guindi) addressing the harassment of Arab-Americans after 9/11? Interesting. But the play would have been even more interesting if the harassers were something other than cardboard characters out of the J. Edgar Hoover closet (1:15). Flea Theater, 41 White Street, TriBeCa, (212) 352-3101. (Genzlinger)

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'SAVAGES' Lurking somewhere in this stiff new play by Anne Nelson is a compelling op-ed piece yearning to be set free. Examining a little-known episode from the Philippines-American war at the turn of the last century, the author of the popular play "The Guys" argues that the United States involvement in Iraq echoes that previous mess. Unfortunately, the play has too much information to impart to allow time for nuanced drama to emerge (1:30). Lion Theater, 410 West 42nd Street, Clinton, (212) 279-4200. (Isherwood)

'33 TO NOTHING' A band break up while playing break-up music in Grant James Varjas's comic, sometimes poignant play. Music performed by the actors. Argo Theater Company, at the Bottle Factory Theater, 195 East Third Street, East Village, (212) 868-4444. (Gwen Orel)

'WE USED TO GO OUT' Jason Mantzoukas and Jessica St. Clair revive the tradition of male-female comedy team in this appealing sketch about a disintegrating romance (1:00). UCB Theater, 306 West 26th Street, Chelsea, (212) 366-9176. ( Zinoman)

* 'ZOMBOID! (FILM/PERFORMANCe PROJECT #1)' O, the heresy of it! Richard Foreman has introduced film into the realm of exquisitely artificial, abstract theater in which he has specialized for four decades. As it turns out, juxtaposing two art forms allows Mr. Foreman to underscore in resonant new ways what he has been saying for years: reality is, well, relative. And he continues to work in a style guaranteed to infect your perceptions for hours after (1:15). Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (212) 352-3101. (Brantley)

Long-Running Shows

* 'ALTAR BOYZ' This sweetly satirical show about a Christian pop group made up of five potential Teen People cover boys is an enjoyable, silly diversion (1:30). New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, Clinton, (212) 239-6200.(Isherwood)

'AVENUE Q' R-rated puppets give lively life lessons (2:10). Golden, 252 West 45th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' Cartoon made flesh, sort of (2:30). Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 West 46th Street, (212) 307-4747. (Brantley)

'CHICAGO' Irrefutable proof that crime pays (2:25). Ambassador Theater, 219 West 49th Street, (212) 239-6200.(Brantley)

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'HAIRSPRAY' Fizzy pop, cute kids, large man in a housedress (2:30). Neil Simon Theater, 250 West 52nd Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley)

'THE LION KING' Disney on safari, where the big bucks roam (2:45). New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley)

'MAMMA MIA!' The jukebox that devoured Broadway (2:20). Cadillac Winter Garden Theater, 1634 Broadway, at 50th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA' Who was that masked man, anyway? (2:30). Majestic Theater, 247 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'THE PRODUCERS' The ne plus ultra of showbiz scams (2:45). St. James Theater, 246 West 44th Street, (212) 239-6200. (Brantley)

'RENT' East Village angst and love songs to die for (2:45). Nederlander Theater, 208 West 41st Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley)

'SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW' Clowns chosen by the Russian master Slava Polunin are stirring up laughter and enjoyment. A show that touches the heart as well as tickles the funny bone (1:30). Union Square Theater, 100 East 17th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 307-4100.(Lawrence Van Gelder)

'WICKED' Oz revisited, with political corrections (2:45). Gershwin Theater, 222 West 51st Street, (212) 307-4100. (Brantley)

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Last Chance

'BLUFF' Jeffrey Sweet's mostly comic tale of a young New York couple whose tentative romance is disrupted by a boorish stepfather has great fun playing with the audience through direct address and such, but it is executed with too much smirking (1:25). 78th Street Theater Lab, 236 West 78th Street, (212) 868-4444; closing Sunday. (Genzlinger)

* 'FAT BOY' John Clancy's knockabout satire is blessed by a roaring performance by Del Pentecost as the round, murdering title character (1:30). Ohio Theater, 66 Wooster Street, between Spring and Broome Streets, SoHo, (212) 868-4444; closing tomorrow. ( Zinoman)

'HEDDA GABLER' In the title role of Ibsen's destructively dissatisfied heroine, Cate Blanchett is giving roughly a dozen of the liveliest performances to be seen this year, all at the same time, in the Sydney Theater Company's visiting production. A mere one or two at this level of intensity would have been enough. But she remains compellingly watchable in Robyn Nevin's hyped-up, spasmodic production (2:25). Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100; closing Sunday. (Brantley)

'MEASURE FOR PLEASURE' A mock-Restoration comedy by David Grimm. Seeking to do a little restoration work of his own, he inserts great chunks of fresh dirt into every nook, cranny and convention of an old form. Acted to the hilt by a first-rate company under the direction of Peter DuBois, this tirelessly ribald comedy will tickle, offend or simply bore in measures that will vary according to your taste for blatantly vulgar sexual comedy (2:30). Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; closing Sunday.(Isherwood)

Movies

Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, show times and tickets: nytimes.com/movies.

'AQUAMARINE' (PG, 109 minutes) In this sweet comedy for the crowd that has outgrown "The Little Mermaid," two likable pals (Emma Roberts and Joanna Levesque, a k a the singer JoJo) try to help a mermaid (Sara Paxton) find love and learn how to use her feet properly.(Neil Genzlinger)

Ask the Dust (R, 117 minutes) A story about being young and hungry -- for fame, for women, for food -- in Los Angeles during the 1930's. Robert Towne wrote and directed this adaptation of the John Fante novel, and Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek star. (Manohla Dargis)

* 'BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN' (R, 134 minutes) Annie Proulx's heartbreaking story of two ranch hands who fall in love while herding sheep in 1963 has been faithfully translated onto the screen in Ang Lee's landmark film. (Mr. Lee won the Academy Award for best director.) Heath Ledger (in a great performance worthy of Brando at his peak) and Jake Gyllenhaal bring them fully alive. (Stephen Holden)

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* 'CAPOTE' (R, 114 minutes) Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of Truman Capote is a tour de force of psychological insight. (Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for best actor.) Following the novelist as he works on the magazine assignment that will become "In Cold Blood," the film raises intriguing questions about the ethics of writing. (A. O. Scott)

'CRASH' (Academy Award, Best Picture) (R, 107 minutes) A gaggle of Los Angeles residents from various economic and ethnic backgrounds collide, sometimes literally, within an extremely hectic 36 hours. Well-intentioned, impressively acted but ultimately a speechy, ponderous melodrama of liberal superstition masquerading as realism. (Scott)

'DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY' (R, 103 minutes) The setup is blissfully simple: a free block party on a dead-end street in Bed-Stuy, with a lineup of musicians, some of whom, like Kanye West and Mos Def, have put in appearances on "Chappelle's Show." The nominal idea, Mr. Chappelle explains on camera, was "the concert I've always wanted to see." The result, which ping-pongs between Brooklyn and Mr. Chappelle's hometown in Ohio, is a tantalizing sketch-portrait of the artist amid an outpouring of hard beats and soul. (Dargis)

* 'DON'T COME KNOCKING' (R, 122 minutes) The visually majestic but dramatically inert reunion of Sam Shepard (who stars) and the director Wim Wenders, 22 years after their auspicious collaboration "Paris, Texas," might be described as a magnificent ruin. (Holden)

* Duck Season (R, 87 minutes) Two boys, one girl, a pizza-delivery man and a pan of pot brownies equals one charmingly low-key film about friendship and the ecstasy of communion. The Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke is a talent to watch. (Dargis)

* 'FIND ME GUILTY' (R, 124 minutes) This gripping courtroom drama, directed by Sidney Lumet, now 81 and near the top of his game, is based on the 1987-88 trial of 20 members of the New Jersey-based Lucchese crime family on multiple counts. Vin Diesel turns in a sensational performance as Giacomo DiNorscio, better known as Jackie Dee, who broke from the ranks of his fellow defendants to be his own defense lawyer. (Holden)

* 'GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.' (PG, 90 minutes) George Clooney, with impressive rigor and intelligence, examines the confrontation between the CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow (a superb David Strathairn) and Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (himself). Plunging you into a smoky, black-and-white world of political paranoia and commercial pressure, the film is a history lesson and a passionate essay on power, responsibility and the ethics of journalism. (Scott)

* 'MUNICH' (R, 164 minutes) With his latest, Steven Spielberg forgoes the emotional bullying and pop thrills that come so easily to him to tell the story of a campaign of vengeance that Israel purportedly brought against Palestinian terrorists in the wake of the 1972 Olympics. An unsparingly brutal look at two peoples all but drowning in a sea of their own blood, "Munich" is by far the toughest film of the director's career, and the most anguished. (Dargis)

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* 'PRIDE & PREJUDICE' (PG, 128 minutes) In this sumptuous, extravagantly romantic adaptation of Jane Austen's 1813 novel, Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet exudes a radiance that suffuses the movie. This is a banquet of high-end comfort food perfectly cooked and seasoned to Anglophilic tastes. (Holden)

* 'PUZZLEHEAD' (No rating, 81 minutes) In a bleak and barren future, a lonely scientist builds a robot companion called Puzzlehead and trains him to spy on the pale, jittery salesgirl whom the scientist has been secretly coveting. Mining the Frankenstein myth and finding psychosexual gold, the writer and director James Bai creates a doomed love triangle around cannibalistic themes, Freudian passions and the understanding that even a tin man can have a heart. (Jeannette Catsoulis)

* 'SHADOW: DEAD RIOT' (No rating, 90 minutes) An experimental women's prison is overrun by zombies in this berserk little B movie, the low-budget love child of "The Evil Dead" and "Reform School Girls." (Nathan Lee)

'SHE'S THE MAN' (PG-13, 105 minutes) "Twelfth Night" is recast as a hysterically peppy romantic comedy about a she-jock penetrating the boys' soccer team. Because girls can do anything boys can do, although their ultimate ambition is to put on a nice dress and go steady with a stupid jock. (Lee)

'16 BLOCKS' (PG-13, 105 minutes) If Richard Donner's presence suggests that his new action flick, "16 Blocks," is a throwback to the 1980's, so does one of the names holding pride of place above the title, Bruce Willis. Mr. Willis has always been an acquired taste, but for those who did acquire that taste, it's a pleasure to see him doing what comes naturally. Which means holding a gun and fending off bad guys with as few words as possible. (Dargis)

* 'SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS' (No rating, 117 minutes, in German) The gripping true story of Sophie Scholl, an anti-Nazi student activist in the 1940's, arrested and executed for distributing leaflets at Munich University, challenges you to gauge your own courage and strength of character should you find yourself in similar circumstances. (Holden)

* 'SYRIANA' (R, 122 minutes) Ambitious, angry and complicated, Stephen Gaghan's second film tackles terrorism, American foreign policy, global trade and the oil business through four interwoven stories. There are at least a half-dozen first-rate performances, and Mr. Gaghan, who wrote and directed, reinvents the political thriller as a vehicle for serious engagement with the state of the world. (Scott)

'Thank You for Smoking' (R, 92 minutes) The director Jason Reitman has made a glib and funny movie from Christopher Buckley's glib and funny novel about a Big Tobacco lobbyist, but the real attraction here is the hard-working star, Aaron Eckhart. (Dargis)

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* 'TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK AND BULL STORY' (R, 91 minutes) Michael Winterbottom both confirms and refutes the assumption that Laurence Sterne's 18th-century masterpiece of digression could never be made into a movie by making a movie about the making of such a movie. Steve Coogan is wonderful as Tristram, Tristram's father and himself, though Rob Brydon steals more than a few of Mr. Coogan's scenes. (Scott)

'Tsotsi' (R, 94 minutes) (Academy Award winner for best foreign film.) Written and directed by Gavin Hood, from a novel by Athol Fugard, this South African film centers on a 19-year-old thug who steals a baby and finds redemption. You don't have to read crystal balls to see into Tsotsi's future; you just need to have watched a couple of Hollywood chestnuts. (Dargis)

'ULTRAVIOLET' (PG-13, 80 minutes) The latest in movies structured around eyewear and abdominals, "Ultraviolet" stars Milla Jovovich as a genetically modified human -- part vampire, part chameleon, all model -- and one of the many victims of a government experiment to improve on nature. Directed by Kurt Wimmer with a fine eye for the preferences of 12-year-old boys, "Ultraviolet" cleaves faithfully to its comic-book genealogy with a plot unobstructed by big words and images that rarely breach two dimensions. Ultrasilly. (Catsoulis)

'V for Vendetta' (R, 131 minutes) James McTeigue directs this D-for-"dumb" future-shock story about a masked avenger (Hugo Weaving) and his pipsqueak sidekick (Natalie Portman) at war against a totalitarian British regime. (Dargis)

'WALK THE LINE' (PG-13, 138 minutes) Johnny Cash gets the musical biopic treatment in this moderately entertaining, never quite convincing chronicle of his early years. Joaquin Phoenix, sweaty, inarticulate and intense as Cash, is upstaged by Reese Witherspoon (winner of the Academy Award for best actress), who tears into the role of June Carter (Cash's creative partner long before she became his second wife) with her usual charm, pluck and intelligence. (Scott)

* 'NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD' (PG, 103 minutes) Filled with country memories, bluesy regret and familiar and piercing sentiment, Jonathan Demme's concert film sounds like quintessential Neil Young, which, depending on your home catalog, will be either an enormous turn-on or turnoff. (Dargis)

Film Series

ANNA MAY WONG (Through April 16) Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, would have turned 100 last year. (She died in 1961.) The Museum of the Moving Image's extensive seven-week retrospective of her work continues this weekend with Joseph von Sternberg's "Shanghai Express" (1932), in which Wong and Marlene Dietrich play ladies of the evening whose train is hijacked; "The Flame of Love" (1930), about a dancer in pre-Revolutionary Russia; and "Daughter of the Dragon" (1931), about the avenging daughter of Fu Manchu. 35th Avenue, at 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, (718) 784-0077; $10. (Anita Gates)

DON SIEGEL (Through April 13) Siegel, who died in 1991, was a master of several genres, including science fiction, westerns and police thrillers. Film Forum's four-week, 25-movie retrospective of his work continues this weekend with "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), the sci-fi classic about alien pods that replicate and replace humans. Next week's films include "Flaming Star" (1960), with Elvis Presley as Dolores Del Rio's son; "Private Hell 36" (1954), about two policemen (Steve Cochran and Howard Duff) in desperate need of money; and "Baby Face Nelson" (1957), a crime drama starring Mickey Rooney in the title role. 209 West Houston Street, west of Avenue of the Americas, South Village, (212) 727-8110; $10. (Gates)

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SOME KIND OF HORROR SHOW (Through Thursday) BAMcinématek's annual festival of horror movies concludes next week with four films. "My Bloody Valentine" (1981) is a low-budget movie about a miner's revenge against teenagers, and "The Witch" (1952) is a Finnish thriller about a corpse who turns into a beautiful woman. George A. Romero's "Martin" (1977), also part of the Morris & Movies series, is described above. 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100; $10. (Gates)

VAUDEVILLE ON FILM (Through Wednesday) The New York Public Library's Donnell Library Center's program of restored movie shorts featuring vaudeville performers concludes on Wednesday with a 10-film program. The shorts include "Insurance" (1930), with Eddie Cantor; "Vitaphone Hippodrome" (1936), with Molly Picon; and "Frances Williams & the Yacht Club Boys" (1929). 20 West 53rd Street, (212) 621-0619; free. (Gates)

Pop

Full reviews of recent concerts: nytimes.com/music.

The Allman Brothers Band (Tonight through Sunday) The archetypal Southern rock band is still on the road. Gregg Allman, the band's keyboardist and main singer, is more than ever its center, since its co-founder Dickey Betts is estranged from the band. His replacement, Warren Haynes, shares the twin-guitar passages with Derek Trucks, the nephew of the band's drummer, Butch Trucks, and a jam-band leader in his own right. 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street, (212) 496-7070; $49.99 to $84.99. (Jon Pareles)

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (Tomorrow) These moody folk-poppers find a kind of romance in wails and clatter. Their cracked progressive-rock jams and urban pastoral chant-alongs map a landscape where fantastical beasts gather for ritual rocking around trashcan campfires. 8:30 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $20 in advance, $22 at the door. (Sold out.) (Laura Sinagra)

ARTIC MONKEYS (Tomorrow) The It band of the moment is this very young British rock outfit, which combines hormonal post-punk mania with good-natured grousing and conspiratorial giddiness. 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600; $15. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

AUKTYON (Tomorrow through Monday) These veterans of the Leningrad rock club scene known for their Dadaist lyrics and riotous stage show fuse traditional folk with frenetic punk and jazz. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Knitting Factory, Main Space, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $25. Sunday and Monday at 9:30 p.m., Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 239-6200; $25. (Sinagra)

Susana Baca (Tuesday) Susana Baca has made musicological studies of Afro-Peruvian songs, but she has also followed her clear, knowing voice in less purist directions, fusing the modal delicacy of her Peruvian band with musicians versed in jazz and rock. 7.30 p.m., Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, at 149th Street, Mott Haven, the Bronx, (718) 518-4455; $20 and $25. (Pareles)

The Balkan Brothers (Thursday) The Balkan Brothers, Ismail Butera and Seido Salifoski, don't limit themselves to Balkan music. They use it as a starting point for experimentation with a wide range of traditional instruments, including accordion, longneck lutes, Uzbek dotar, flutes, dumbek, tabla, frame drums and tapan. 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; $8.(Sinagra)

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Sir Richard Bishop (Tonight) As part of the long-running trio of Bay Area jazz, folk and rock collagists Sun City Girls, the guitarist Sir Richard Bishop has had a sympathetic outlet for his brand of sonic expression -- which can veer from Middle Eastern modes to jazzy vamps to John Fahey-like rambles. 8, Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (Sinagra)

Billy Bragg (Tonight) This British folk-punk fixture brings as much wit and gusto to love-struck and lovelorn pop as he does to protest music and righteous political screeds. 8, Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, Manhattan, www.ticketmaster.com, (212) 307-7171; $33.50 to $38.50. (Sinagra)

COLDPLAY (Tomorrow through Monday) The piano-playing arena rock melodist Chris Martin brings themes of fatherhood to bear on his band's most recent songs, which pick up the tempo a bit but do not rival the band's timeless misfit cri de coeur, "Yellow." Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Continental Airlines Arena, the Meadowlands, Route 120, East Rutherford, N.J., (201) 935-3900; $38.50 to $78.50. (Sold out.) Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m., Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, N.Y., (631) 888-9000; $37.50 to $77.50. (Sinagra)

Cordero (Tomorrow) Mixing the open atmospherics of the Southwest with the gritty feel of the Brooklyn art scene, the bilingual Ani Cordero, who has worked with Calexico and Giant Sand, and her band make guitar rock that gives urban brashness some borderland mystery. 10 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side; (212) 358-7501; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (Sinagra)

THE CULT (Sunday) This Led Zeppelin- and-Doors-influenced 80's band presaged the mix of hard rock and hip-swiveling goth posturing that is popular in today's modern rock. 8 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street, ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-7171; $38. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

RAY DAVIES (Tonight through Sunday) The Kinks singer Ray Davies performs old favorites and selections from his new songs inspired by his efforts to better understand the United States. One assumes he will tell some stories, too. 8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th Street, Manhattan, (212) 777-6800; $65. (Sold out tonight and tomorrow.) (Sinagra)

DESTROYER (Tuesday) The Vancouver malcontent and Destroyer mastermind Dan Bejar's pointy vocal delivery and disjointed tantrums are not mitigated by his recent move toward indie-pop lushness, but they're so self-possesed, you wouldn't want them to be. 7 p.m., Avalon, 662 Avenue of the Americas, at 20th Street, Chelsea, (212) 807-7780 or ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-7171; $14. (Sinagra)

DR. DOG (Tomorrow) This lo-fi Philly garage-rock quintet brings shaggy verve to their Beatles and Beach Boys homages. 8 p.m., Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, near Sterling Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 230-0236; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (Sinagra)

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Editors (Tuesday and Thursday) Another in the line of British post-punk bands joining the dark, danceable Joy Division parade, the Editors have strong singles, like the propulsive "Munich," but none that top the best from its sonic cousin, Interpol. Tuesday at 8 p.m., Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, at Eckford Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, (718) 387-0505; $17.50. Thursday at 7 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600; $16 in advance, $19 at the door. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

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EISLEY (Wednesday) Four of the waifs in this pop quartet are siblings, home-schooled in a small town in Texas by Christian parents who supported their Radiohead obsession. If they seem slight now, just wait. The youngest writes the best stuff, and her round, imploring voice sounds spookily like Christine McVie's. 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $13 in advance, $15 at the door. (Sinagra)

Cesaria Evora, Seu Jorge (Thursday) The Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora is famous for her mornas, songs of mourning sung in Portuguese. The Brazilian Seu Jorge may be best known here for his lilting samba covers of David Bowie songs in Wes Anderson's movie "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou." His music avoids the traditional Brazilian styles, favoring crowd-pleasing funk-pop and loverman rhythm and blues. 8 p.m., Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street, (212) 496-7070; $45 to $78.50. (Sinagra)

TH' FAITH HEALERS, ORANGES BAND (Monday and Wednesday) The churning psychedelic guitar storms of this English band are sweetened by the vocals of Roxanne Stephen. Also on the bill are the pleasantly droney pop rockers the Oranges Band. Monday at 8 p.m., Northsix, 66 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 599-5103; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Wednesday at 9 p.m., Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 260-4700; $12 in advance, $14 at the door. (Sinagra)

FLUTE MUSIC OF INDIA: STEVE GORN WITH SAMIR CHATTERJEE (Wednesday) Anyone who saw the moving documentary "Born Into Brothels" will recognize the bamboo flute music of Steve Gorn, who performs a repertory of meditative North Indian classical music. The tabla player Samir Chatterjee will accompany him here. 8 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400; $25; $21 for members; $15 for students with college ID. (Sinagra)

Teddy Geiger (Tonight) This wholesome teenage heartthrob writes energetic pop songs that draw as much from Vanessa Carlton as from Elton John. 7:30, Coda, 34 East 34th Street, Manhattan, (212) 685-3434; $10 in advance, $12 at the door. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

The Gossip (Tomorrow) Fronted by the charismatic Arkansas native Beth Ditto, the Gossip play riot-grrrl punk with a bluesy swagger. 10:30 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $12. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

CHAKA KHAN (Tonight) In the 2002 documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," R & B luminaries reverentially jammed with the still rocking house band, but Khan pushed well past safe with her explosive rendition of "What's Goin' On." Recently, she's been roughing up jazz standards and funking it up with Prince, with energy to spare. 8, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, at Goulden Avenue, Bedford Park, the Bronx, (718) 960-8833, $30 to $40. (Sinagra)

TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS (Sunday) The Irish-American indie rocker Ted Leo plays soulful punk, nearly popping a neck vein for political justice. But his melodic sensibility and falsetto also recall the 1970's arena rock of bands like Thin Lizzy. 8 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $12. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES (Tonight) Los Amigos Invisibles, from Venezuela, latch on to dance grooves from the last three decades: James Brown funk, the stolid thump of house music, mid-1960's boogaloo, 70's Miami disco, Santana's mambo-rock, even some rapping, while the lyrics (in Spanish) are come-on's somewhere between charm and smarm. Midnight, S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, at Houston Street, South Village, (212) 243-4940; $20. (Pareles)

LOVE IS ALL (Tonight and tomorrow) One of the most exciting discoveries of the year, this Swedish band evokes the angular spunk of 1970's feminist post-punk bands like Liliput. Tonight at 11:30, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006; $12. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, at Eckford Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, (718) 387-0505; $13. (Sinagra)

Magic Numbers, The Elected (Tuesday) The London band Magic Numbers's diffuse take on 1960's rock gets points for its decent vocal harmonies. The Elected is a countrified indie-rock band with the Rilo Kiley co-leader Blake Sennett at the helm. 7:30 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, East Village, (212) 353-1600; $22 in advance, $25 at the door. (Sinagra)

JESSE MALIN (Tonight) Jesse Malin led D Generation, the glam-rock kings of St. Mark's Place, and has gone on to a solo career that's considerably more earnest. 8 p.m., Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, at Eckford Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, (718) 387-0505; $17. (Sinagra)

THE MINUS 5 (Sunday and Tuesday) Scott McCaughey of Seattle's underground pop stalwarts the Young Fresh Fellows and his regular collaborator, Peter Buck, the R.E.M. guitarist, play songs that hark back to that 60's moment when exuberant backbeat rock 'n'-roll was being influenced by acid. Sunday's bill includes Richard Buckner. On Tuesday it features the Silos and Mendoza Line. Sunday at 8 p.m., Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, near Sterling Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 230-0236; $13. Tuesday at 8 p.m., Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 260-4700; $15. (Sinagra)

REGGETON XPLOSION 3 (Wednesday) This reggaetón concert features luminaries of the form, Don Omar and Pitbull, among others. 8 p.m., Spirit, 530 West 27th Street, Chelsea, (866) 468-7619; $25 in advance, $35 at the door. (Sinagra)

SNOW PATROL (Tuesday) Making lush, introspective pop music about the mundane acrimonies of close romantic relationships, the British band Snow Patrol appeals to fans of Coldplay and the Shins. 8 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (Sold out.) (Sinagra)

ROB ZOMBIE (Tuesday and Wednesday) The overwrought industrial metal of Rob Zombie is only part of his appeal now that he has gotten into the horror filmmaking game. His "Devil's Rejects" flick was a sleeper slasher favorite last year. 7:30 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street; ticketmaster.com or (212) 307-7171; $40. (Sold out on Tuesday.) (Sinagra)

Cabaret

Full reviews of recent cabaret shows: nytimes.com/music.

BARBARA CARROLL (Sunday) Even when swinging out, this Lady of a Thousand Songs remains an impressionist with special affinities for Thelonious Monk and bossa nova. 2 p.m., Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212) 419-9331; $55, including brunch at noon. (Stephen Holden)

* Barbara Cook (Tonight and tomorrow, and Tuesday through Thursday) This Broadway legend is loose, down-home and, as always, magnificent, singing a 25-year retrospective of songs she has performed at the Café Carlyle. 8:45 p.m., with an additional show tomorrow night at 10:45, Carlyle Hotel, 35 East 76th Street, Manhattan, (212) 744-1600; $85; dinner required at the 8:45 shows.(Holden)

ANNIE ROSS (Wednesday) Cool, funny, swinging and indestructible, this 75-year-old singer and sometime actress exemplifies old-time hip in its most generous incarnation. 9:15 p.m., Danny's Skylight Room, 346 West 46th Street, Clinton, (212) 265-8133; $25, with a $12 minimum. (Holden)

* KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler (Tonight and tomorrow, and Tuesday through April 1) In the words of Cole Porter, whose songs are performed here by a ripened Botticelli Venus and a reincarnation of Danny Kaye, ooh-la-la-la, c'est magnifique. 9 p.m., with late shows tonight and tomorrow night at 11:30, Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212) 419-9331; $50 cover, with a $50 prix fixe dinner required at the early shows tonight and tomorrow, or a $20 minimum. (Holden)

Jazz

Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music.

CLAUDIA ACUÑA QUINTET (Tonight and tomorrow night) Ms. Acuña is a vocalist attracted to lyrical high drama and guided by the pulse and passion of her native Chile; she sounds best when supported and stretched by sympathetic musicians, like the pianist Jason Lindner, who joins her here. 9 and 11, Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, at Bleecker Street, West Village, (212) 255-3626; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Nate Chinen)

MOSE ALLISON (Through Sunday) Mr. Allison is best known for his songs, which combine cosmopolitan wit with a folksy worldview. As a singer and pianist he enacts a similar fusion, recasting Delta blues in bebop's hipster argot. 8 and 10 p.m., with an 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow night, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121; cover, $30, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

SAM BARDFELD'S STUFF SMITH PROJECT (Sunday) Mr. Bardfeld, a violinist with a wide-ranging résumé, pays tribute to a swing-era hero of his instrument, with help from the pianist Anthony Coleman and the bassist Brad Jones. 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177; cover, $8. (Chinen)

KENNY BARRON TRIO (Through Sunday) Mr. Barron is the leading practitioner of an elegant, economical and rhythmically sure-footed piano style that thrives in any mainstream setting; he's likely to explore at least a few different styles here, with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Francisco Mela on drums. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037; cover, $25 tonight and tomorrow, $20 on Sunday, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

FREE ZONE MUSIC SERIES FUND-RAISER (Tuesday) The downtown avatars John Zorn and Lukas Ligeti headline this benefit for a new-music series in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; also on hand are the Refuseniks, a texture-minded collective, and a six-piece group led by the percussionist Andrew Barker. 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; cover, $10. (Chinen)

CURTIS FULLER/LOUIS HAYES RISING STARS (Through Sunday) Mr. Fuller, the trombonist, and Mr. Hayes, the drummer, were both prominent participants in the golden era of hard bop. Here they join with the pianist John Hicks and the bassist Nat Reeves in spotlighting a couple of young trumpeters on the rise, Maurice Brown and Sean Jones. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow night, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $25 and $30. (Chinen)

BILLY HARPER QUINTET (Wednesday) Mr. Harper, an inexhaustible tenor saxophonist with a robust modern style, leads a group including the vocalist Judy Bady; the event kicks off the Seventh Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, taking place at various locations through April. 7 p.m., Sugar Hill Restaurant and Supper Club, 609 DeKalb Avenue, at Nostrand Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, (718) 797-1727, www.centralbrooklynjazz.org; cover, $20. (Chinen)

TOM HARRELL QUINTET (Tuesday through April 2) An introverted but assertive trumpeter, Mr. Harrell leads a modern jazz ensemble with Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037; cover, $20, $25 next Friday and April 1, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

ROBIN HOLCOMB QUINTET (Tomorrow) Ms. Holcomb seeks meditative spaces as a pianist and as a singer. Under the banner "Larks, They Crazy," she performs in a pliable ensemble with a pair of clarinetists, Marty Ehrlich and Doug Wieselman. 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, www.thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

WAYNE HORVITZ (Tonight and Tuesday) A pianist attuned to contrast and texture, Mr. Horvitz has kept the spirit of the downtown scene percolating in Seattle since moving there in the late 1980's. He returns with three different groups: a chamber quartet featuring the accordionist Guy Klucevsek, the cellist Erik Friedlander and the clarinetist Doug Wieselman (tonight at 8); a duo with the multireedist Marty Ehrlich (tonight at 10); and an electro-acoustic trio with the saxophonist Briggan Krauss and the drummer Kenny Wollesen (on Tuesday). Tonight at 8 and 10, Tuesday at 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, www.thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FREDDIE HUBBARD AND THE NEW COMPOSERS OCTET (Tonight) The sleek and fiery hard bop of Mr. Hubbard's prime is the source material for this midsize ensemble, which owes much of its coherent drive to the trumpeter and arranger David Weiss; but the center spotlight belongs to Mr. Hubbard, as both a soloist (mainly on fluegelhorn) and as an outsized personality. 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, Queens, (718) 463-7700, ext. 222; $35; members, $25. (Chinen)

JAZZ MUSEUM ALL-STARS (Tonight) Loren Schoenberg -- the saxophonist, pianist, historian and executive director of the Jazz Museum in Harlem -- leads a promising swing band as part of a weekly series at another museum, the Rubin in Chelsea. 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 620-5000, ext. 344, www.rmanyc.org; $15. (Chinen)

'LCJO IN SMALL DOSES' (Tonight and tomorrow) Members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra step outside their usual big-band setting. Featured soloists include the trumpeters Marcus Printup and Ryan Kisor; the saxophonists Victor Goines, Joe Temperley and Sherman Irby; and the trombonist Vincent Gardner. 8 p.m., Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 721-6500; $105.50 and $135.50. (Chinen)

HAROLD MABERN TRIO (Tonight and tomorrow night) Hard bop and Memphis soul are inextricable in the music of Mr. Mabern, whose piano provides the focal point of this trio, with the drummer Joe Farnsworth and the bassist Nat Reeves. This engagement serves as Mr. Mabern's 70th-birthday celebration. 8 and 9:45, Kitano Hotel, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, (212) 885-7119; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Through Sunday) For the last 30 years, this four-piece vocal group has been an adult-pop confection, but one seasoned thoroughly by jazz; nestled within its collective sound there are still particular pleasures, like the alto of Janis Siegel. 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $60 at tables, with a $5 minimum, or $45 at the bar, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

JOHN McNEIL'S EAST COAST COOL (Tonight and tomorrow night) As on "East Coast Cool," his sharp new OmniTone album, the trumpeter John McNeil presents a group inspired by Gerry Mulligan's pianoless 1950's quartets. Allan Chase fills the baritone saxophone chair, while John Hebert and John Hollenbeck handle bass and drums. 9 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

VICTOR PRIETO TRIO (Tuesday through April 1) The Astor Piazzolla warhorse "Libertango" is a too obvious inclusion on "Persistencia" (Foxhaven), the new album by the dynamic jazz accordionist Victor Prieto, but there are also numerous originals, on which Mr. Prieto engages winningly with the bassist Carlo DeRosa and the drummer Allison Miller. 11 p.m., Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595; cover, $10, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar. (Chinen)

FLORA PURIM AND AIRTO (Tuesday through April 3) Ms. Purim, a lilting singer, and Airto Moreira, an incantatory percussionist, are the first couple of Brazilian jazz; here they lead a cosmopolitan ensemble consisting of Helio Alves on piano, Nilson Matta on bass and Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., , Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, (212) 258-9595; cover, $30, with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar. (Chinen)

* SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE (Tuesday through Thursday) The tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman leads this all-star confab, which recently released an excellent second album. Here the eight-piece group, buoyed by the likes of Nicholas Payton on trumpet and Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, performs a mix of original material and new arrangements of songs by Ornette Coleman (on Tuesday), John Coltrane (Wednesday) and Herbie Hancock (Thursday). 8:30 p.m., Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $32 to $38. (Chinen)

TODD SICKAFOOSE GROUP (Tuesday) Mr. Sickafoose is a bassist and composer equally fond of rough edges and rounded forms; he showcases his atmospheric compositions in an improvising chamber ensemble that includes Jenny Scheinman on violin, John Ellis on tenor saxophone and Alan Ferber on trombone. 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883; cover, $7. (Chinen)

STEVE SWELL'S UNIFIED THEORY OF SOUND (Thursday) A serious-minded trombonist, Mr. Swell assembles a team of players well suited to his experimental aims: Jemeel Moondoc on alto saxophone, Matt Lavelle on trumpet, Leena Conquest on vocals, Cooper-Moore on piano, William Parker on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330; $10. (Chinen)

* McCOY TYNER WITH SAVION GLOVER (Tonight) The rumbling sweep and pseudo-stride cadence of Mr. Tyner's piano playing should provoke a strong response from Mr. Glover, the paragon of rhythmic tap dance. Opening the show is the groove-oriented Jabane Ensemble, augmented here by the tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. 7:30, Aaron Davis Hall, City College, West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Hamilton Heights, (212) 650-7100; $25 to $45; members, $21 to $38. (Chinen)

JAMES (BLOOD) ULMER (Tuesday through April 2) The electric guitarist and singer James (Blood) Ulmer fashions an oddly hypnotic combination of influences: Ornette Coleman's polytonality crossed with the psychedelic swagger of Jimi Hendrix, as well as a dash of Memphis blues. He performs next week in several different iterations, including a solo format (on Tuesday) and his reunited three-piece Odyssey band (on Wednesday and Thursday). 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 p.m. set Fridays and Saturdays, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232; cover, $25 to $30. (Chinen)

CEDAR WALTON TRIO (Tonight and tomorrow night) As a pianist and composer, Mr. Walton heeds an articulate, almost courtly hard bop; he appears here in a trio with the bassist David Williams and the drummer Joe Farnsworth. 9 and 11 p.m., and 12:30 a.m., Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, (212) 864-6662; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Classical

Full reviews of recent music performances: nytimes.com/music.

Opera

'LA BOHÈME' (Tonight) James Robinson's production punts the Puccini favorite forward by some 80 years, placing the action in the opening months of World War I and lending an extra tug of pathos. At the first performance, Kelly Kaduce made an appealing Mimi, pairing her character's physical weakness with focused vocal strength. Gerard Powers sang Rodolfo with a solid top but a thinner middle range. Grant Youngblood was a robust Marcello and Shannah Timms a suitably sassy Musetta. Steven White kept things on track in the pit. 8 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $25 to $110.(Jeremy Eichler)

'FIDELIO' (Tonight and Tuesday) The director Jürgen Flimm's strikingly contemporary and deeply humane production of Beethoven's "Fidelio," which opened at the Met in 2000, is back. So is the soprano Karita Mattila, who gives a courageous and vocally radiant portrayal of Leonore, opera's most valiant and devoted wife. The conductor Paul Nadler has taken over for the injured James Levine, who has withdrawn for the rest of the season, and though Mr. Nadler is no Mr. Levine, he does honorable work. Tonight at 8, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $26 to $320. (Anthony Tommasini)

'DON GIOVANNI' (Sunday and Thursday) Neither objectionable nor particularly fresh or insightful, Harold Prince's 1989 staging of this great Mozart opera is a good, basic presentation of the work. The New York City Opera's opening cast includes Christopher Schaldenbrand in the title role; Robert Gierlach as Leporello; Hanan Alattar as Zerlina; Orla Boylan as Donna Anna. Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $25 to $110. (Allan Kozinn)

'LYSISTRATA' (Tomorrow) The composer Mark Adamo's fantastical operatic adaptation of Aristophanes' antiwar comedy had its premiere last year at the Houston Grand Opera. That production is now playing at the New York City Opera. Mr. Adamo's score is bustling and hyper-rhythmic, but sometimes too dense. And the vocal writing is needlessly punishing. Still, he takes seriously the story of Athenian and Spartan women who join forces to refuse their husbands and lovers sex until the men stop waging a seemingly endless war. At its best the opera becomes a somber meditation on the intertwining of passion and aggression. The production is delightful and the youthful cast, despite the challenges of singing the music, wins you over. 1:30 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $45 to $110. (Tommasini)

'MAZEPPA' (Tomorrow, Monday and Thursday) Tchaikovsky's epic 1884 opera about the ruthless 17th-century Ukrainian separatist Ivan Mazeppa is an anguished, probing and noble work. The Metropolitan Opera deserves thanks for presenting its first production of this neglected masterpiece, inspiringly conducted by Valery Gergiev. A cast of mostly Russian singers bring conviction and palpable authority to their work, especially the baritone Nikolai Putilin as the wizened Mazeppa and the soprano Olga Guryakova as his impressionable wife. The musical performance is so compelling you can almost ignore Yuri Alexandrov's jumbled and trashy projection, which clutters the opera with symbolism. Tomorrow and Monday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $26 to $320. (Tommasini)

METROPOLITAN OPERA GRAND FINALS CONCERT (Sunday) Opera professionals have descended on New York in their annual spring migration to hear (and judge) the latest round of talent gleaned from the nationwide Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions. Ben Heppner is the host of the concert of finalists (with a couple of ringers from past years thrown in), and the winners are announced at the end of the show. 3 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; remaining tickets, $25 to $100. (Anne Midgette)

'LUISA MILLER' (Tomorrow and Wednesday) Barbara Frittoli canceled the run. Neil Shicoff was sick on opening night. Veronica Villarroel got sick for a subsequent performance. So who knows whom you can expect to hear in Verdi's midperiod opera this week? Ms. Villarroel and Mr. Shicoff are supposed to sing tomorrow, and on Wednesday, the journeyman Eduardo Villa will join a soprano whom even the Met says is yet to be determined. What is sure: Carlos Alvarez, who pumps out sound in a warm unvaried baritone, and James Morris, who takes "stentorian" off the pitch chart altogether. Maurizio Benini adds what excitement he can in the pit. Tomorrow and Wednesday night at 8, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, (212) 362-6000; $36 to $320 tomorrow, $26 to $320 on Wednesday. (Midgette)

'THE MOST HAPPY FELLA' (Tomorrow) Frank Loesser thought of his 1956 masterpiece "The Most Happy Fella" as a "musical with a lot of music," not as an opera. Still, this musically sophisticated and disarming musical is a good fit for the New York City Opera, whose charming production directed by Philip Wm. McKinley ends tomorrow night. The actor Paul Sorvino, making his City Opera debut, inhabits the title role of Tony Esposito, the paunchy, insecure but good-hearted Italian immigrant vineyard owner in Napa Valley of the late 1920's. Mr. Sorvino's voice, though, is pretty raw and shaky. He's at his best when he doesn't care about how he sounds and just lets go. The rest of the cast, mostly from the musical theater world, is wonderful. 8 p.m., New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; remaining tickets, $45 to $110. (Tommasini)

'ORPHEUS DESCENDING' (Tonight through Sunday) Bruce Saylor's opera, based on the play by Tennessee Williams and with a libretto by J. D. McClatchy, opened in 1994 and hasn't been seen since. College conservatories are becoming a safe haven for the protection of new operatic work: Queens College, where Mr. Saylor is a professor, is now presenting the work's first-ever revival. Tonight and tomorrow at 8, Sunday afternoon at 3, Goldstein Theater, Colden Center, Queens College, Kissena Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway, Flushing, (718) 793-8080; $20 on Friday and Sunday, $22 tomorrow, $2 discount for 65+. (Midgette)

Classical Music

* BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN (Monday) This Japanese period-instrument ensemble, led by its founder, Masaaki Suzuki, gave an extraordinarily powerful account of its namesake's "St. Matthew Passion" at its Carnegie Hall debut in 2003. It returns without its chorus this time, for an all-Bach program that includes the Orchestral Suite No. 2, the Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, the Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D minor and the "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 5. 7:30 p.m., (212) 247-7800; $42 to $55. (Kozinn)

BASICALLY BACH (Tonight and Tuesday) This four-concert festival celebrating the 321st anniversary of Bach's birth got under way last week and concludes with two programs shared by Bach and Handel. Tonight, Richard Westenburg leads the Musica Sacra Orchestra and Elem Eley, a baritone, in selections from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, as well as Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 2 and Handel's "Water Music" Suite in G. On Tuesday, the program includes Handel's "Water Music" Suite in F along with a motet, cantata and orchestral suite by Bach. 8 p.m., Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, at 73rd Street, (212) 868-4444; $15 to $75. (Kozinn)

* KRONOS QUARTET (Tonight through Sunday) Probably the best things the Kronos Quartet brings to concert life are a breadth of interest in contemporary music and an inventive approach to presenting it. The first of its three concerts this weekend includes Alexandra Du Bois's "Night Songs," a meditation on the early 1940's diaries of Etty Hillesum; Michael Gordon's "Sad Park," which includes recordings of children talking about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the String Quartet No. 3 by the Polish composer Henryk Gorecki. In the second concert, the Kronos is joined by David Barsamian and Howard Zinn, who will speak about the music that the Kronos is performing, with the group making its repertory choices based on the directions the conversation takes. Also among the guests are the composer-performers Walter Kitundu and Tanya Tagaq Gillis, whose music will be heard. And in the third program, the group explores recent music from Azerbaijan, including works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Rahman Asadollahi, both of whom will perform with the quartet. 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $28 to $35. (Kozinn)

JAIME LAREDO AND LEON FLEISHER (Wednesday) Two distinguished musicians, the violinist Jaime Laredo and the pianist Leon Fleisher, play all three of Brahms's violin sonatas, sublime and exciting works that complement each other on a program. 8 p.m., 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500; $35. (Tommasini)

* MAGNUS LINDBERG (Tonight) This fantastic Finnish eclectic is the subject of a Composer Portrait concert that includes his Clarinet Quintet (1992), "Related Rocks" (1997), "Linea d'Ombra" (1981) and Duo Concertante. Timothy Weiss conducts the International Contemporary Ensemble. 8, Miller Theater at Columbia University, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799; $20. (Kozinn)

SEYMOUR LIPKIN (Monday) A veteran Beethoven interpreter and an eminent pianist who teaches at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Seymour Lipkin continues his exploration of Beethoven's keyboard works with a recital presented by the American Beethoven Society. The program offers the wildly inventive Fantasy in G minor and the monumental Variations on a Theme of Diabelli. 7 p.m., Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, North Building, 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, (212) 772-4448; $15, $10 seniors/students, $8 members of the American Beethoven Society. (Tommasini)

LONDON PHILHARMONIC (Sunday) "Musical conductors" is a popular game this spring season: lots of conductors are canceling, and Kurt Masur is the latest casualty. Replacing him in this weekend's concert is Yan Pascal Tortelier, who will accompany the pianist Garrick Ohlsson in Schumann's Piano Concerto in A, then essay Mahler's First with this fine orchestra. 3 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 721-6500; $35 to $69. (Midgette)

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ARTISTS IN CONCERT (Tonight) This young chamber group takes on Central European music old and new: Brahms and Schumann, then Schoenberg and Webern. 8, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212) 570-3949; $30.(Bernard Holland)

NEW YORK COLLEGIUM (Tonight) Andrew Parrott and his early music ensemble in a program that focuses on the relationship between Telemann and Handel, with Telemann's "Donner-Ode" and Part II from Handel's "Alexander Feast." 8 p.m., Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Lexington Avenue at 66th Street, (212) 717-9246; $30 to $50, students $20, 65+ $27. Preconcert talk at 7 p.m. (Eichler)

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday) This weekend Lorin Maazel leads Schubert's Symphony No. 5, Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra, "La Valse" by Ravel and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the young Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero in her Philharmonic debut. Today at 2 p.m., tomorrow at 8 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30, it's Verdi's Requiem. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 875-5656; $23 to $94. (Eichler)

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Tuesday) The percussionist Evelyn Glennie will provide the hits, big and little. 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800; $30 to $88. (Holland)

SKAMPA STRING QUARTET (Tomorrow) This acclaimed ensemble of young musicians from Prague is being presented by the People's Symphony Concerts in a program of quartets by Beethoven and Mozart and, with the violist Scott St. John joined in, Mozart great String Quintet in C, K. 515. Washington Irving High School is a wonderful place to hear chamber music. 8 p.m., Irving Place at 16th Street, (212) 586-4680; $9. (Tommasini)

Dance

Full reviews of recent performances: nytimes.com/dance.

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET (Tonight and tomorrow night) This august New Jersey ballet troupe will perform Twyla Tharp's "Baker's Dozen" and dances by Lauri Stallings and the company director Graham Lustig in a program that features Carmen de Lavallade as guest artist. 8, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org; $15 to $35. The company will also perform Mr. Lustig's "Beauty and the Beast" tomorrow at 4 p.m.; $10. (Jennifer Dunning)

BARNARD DANCES AT MILLER (Thursday) Student dancers collaborated with the choreographers Sean Curran, Keely Garfield, Adam Hougland and Colleen Thomas on the program's four premieres. (Through April 1.) 7:30 p.m., Miller Theater, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799; $15; $6 for 65+. (Dunning)

* ALAIN BUFFARD/PI:ES (Tonight) Mr. Buffard explores the fragility and vulnerability of the body in his new "Mauvais Genre," whose cast includes such downtown-dance luminaries as Jennifer Lacey, DD Dorvillier, Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse, Ishmael Houston-Jones and Lucy Sexton. (Through April 2.) 8:30, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (212) 674-8194; $20 or T.D.F. voucher. (Dunning)

'SELMA JEANNE COHEN: A TRIBUTE TO HER LIFE AND WORK' (Tomorrow) This free series honoring the work of the dance critic and historian will include "Pursuit of the Avant-Garde," a discussion with Charles Woodford, Nancy Dalva and Camille Hardy. 3 p.m., Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue, at 65th Street, Lincoln Center, (212) 642-0142. (Dunning)

COMPLEXIONS (Tonight through Sunday) This exuberant modern-dance company will perform a family program that includes a piece set to music by Earth, Wind and Fire. Tonight at 7, tomorrow at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at noon and 5 p.m. New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 563-2266, www.newvictory.org; $10 to $30. (Dunning)

'CROSSING BOUNDARIES' (Tuesday) Dances by Suzanne Goldman, Tal Halevi, Mana Hashimoto and Adele Loux-Turner, chosen by Marcia Monroe, will be performed. 8 p.m., Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, between Houston and Prince Streets, SoHo, (212) 219-0736, www.dixonplace.org; $12 or T.D.F., $10 for students and 65+. (Dunning)

CARY CURRAN (Thursday) Ms. Curran's new solo dance theater piece discloses her life after a Roman Catholic upbringing, which has included frolicking naked on a train and having at least 15,000 gay friends. (Through April 8.) 8 p.m., the Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, between Fifth Street and Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, (212) 352-3101; $15. (Queens residents by donation on Thursdays.) (Dunning)

EQUILATERAL THEATER COMPANY AND GUIDANCE PRODUCTIONS (Tonight and tomorrow night) The two organizations will present "Illuminate," an evening of dance and comedy. 8, Mulberry Street Theater, 70 Mulberry Street, Chinatown, (212) 349-0126; $18; $15 for students and 65+. (Dunning)

KIM IMA (Tonight through Sunday, and Thursday) Ms. Ima's "Travels, Tours and One-Night Stands" is a movement theater piece that explores the experiences of those who explore the world. (Through April 9.) Tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., La MaMa E.T.C., 74A East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 475-7710; $15, T.D.F. vouchers accepted. (Dunning)

NILAS MARTINS DANCE COMPANY (Tomorrow and Sunday) Mr. Martins and the Dicapo Opera Theater will present "Puccini Passion!," an evening of dances set to music by Puccini. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m., Dicapo Opera Theater, 184 East 76th Street, Manhattan, (212) 288-9438, ext. 10; $47.50. (Dunning)

* MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP (Tomorrow) The celebration of Mr. Morris's 25th-anniversary season in and around the Brooklyn Academy of Music comes to a close this weekend. Program C, a mixed bill with two New York premieres, is tonight and tomorrow night. There is also the last of three different programs of small pieces at the Mark Morris Dance Center tomorrow afternoon. And all manner of ancillary events, a schedule for which can be found at www.mmdg.org. At 7:30 p.m., Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, www.bam.org; $20 to $70. The "Solos, Duets and Trios" program is tomorrow at 5 p.m., Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene. (Sold out.) (John Rockwell)

'MOVING AT THE SPEED OF SOUND' (Tonight and tomorrow night) Dances by six female choreographers, chosen by Nicki Marshall, in postmodern, African and tap dance styles. 8, WOW Café Theater, 59-61 East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 777-4280; $15; $12 for students and artists. (Dunning)

MOVING THEATER (Tonight and tomorrow night) Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly explore the consequences of a first encounter between Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud in "Without." 8, Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, between Reade and Chambers Streets, Lower Manhattan, (212) 279-4200, www.dnadance.org; $17; $12 for members. (Dunning)

TOMMY NOONAN AND MARY ALICE WHITE (Tonight and tomorrow night) The two create dance and physical theater that explores themes of montage. 9, Merce Cunningham Studio, 55 Bethune Street, at Washington Street, West Village, (212) 696-6519; $12; $10 for students, artists and 65+. (Cash only.) (Dunning)

TERE O'CONNOR DANCE (Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday) Audiences and reviewers tend to feel passionately about Mr. O'Connor's choreography, loving or hating it with equal intensity. Somehow Mr. O'Connor has lived through it all and continued to produce dances. This one is called "Baby," which he describes as exploding the metaphor of time passing. You decide. 7:30 p.m., Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 924-0077; $25. (Dunning)

OLLOM DANCE THEATER (Thursday) John Ollom celebrates Women's History Month with "Anatomy of Woman," which tells three stories in dance about women. 8 p.m., Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center, (212) 592-0103; $45. (Dunning)

PERFORMANCE MIX FESTIVAL (Tuesday through Thursday) Karen Bernard, who directs the festival, has chosen dance, music and multidisciplinary works from Italy, Canada, France and the United States (New York City, Minneapolis and Philadelphia) for this 20th-anniversary program. The history of the event will be chronicled in a preperformance video documentary. (Through April 2.) 8 p.m., Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street, between Houston and Prince Streets, (212) 334-7479; $15 or T.D.F. voucher. (Dunning)

* PHOENIX DANCE THEATER (Wednesday and Thursday) One of Britain's leading modern-dance companies, this Leeds-based troupe is led by Darshan Singh Bhuller. It will offer two programs, the first an evening-length work by Mr. Bhuller on Wednesday and April 1, the other a mixed bill on Thursday and next Friday. Wednesday through April 1, 7:30 p.m., Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, College Avenue and Red Hawk Road, Montclair, N.J., (973) 655-5112, www.montclair.edu/kasser; $35. (Rockwell)

* TERO SAARINEN COMPANY (Tuesday through Thursday) Popular at home and increasingly successful throughout Europe, this Finnish choreographer will present a triple bill that ends with "Hunt," a solo for himself danced to Stravinsky's "Sacre du Printemps." Tuesday through April 1 at 8 p.m., April 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea, (212) 242-0800, www.joyce.org; $36. (Rockwell)

SECOND AVENUE DANCE COMPANY (Thursday) Student dancers from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University will perform premieres by Karole Armitage, Dwight Rhoden and Bill Young, and choreography by Merce Cunningham and Cheryl Therrien. (Through April 3.) 8 p.m., Fifth Floor Theater, Tisch School, 111 Second Avenue, at Seventh Street, East Village, (212) 998-1982; $10; $5 for students and 65+. (Dunning)

THREAD DANCE THEATER (Tomorrow and Sunday) The group's third annual "Brooklyn Dance Sampler" program includes dances by 14 companies, individuals, schools and groups, among them the choreographers Jennifer Nugent, Elke Rindfleisch and Tami Stronach (tomorrow). Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4:30 p.m., BRIC Studio, 57 Rockwell Place, near Fulton Street, , Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 633-5678; $15. (Dunning)

WORK AND SHOW FESTIVAL (Tonight, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday) The festival opens with two programs that include dance by three choreographers. The first program includes Ellis Wood's new "Pregnant Study No. 3," a solo for a pregnant Jennifer Phillips, and Pedro Ruiz's "Mediterranea -- Labyrinths of Arches and Passions" (tonight and tomorrow). Christal Brown will present work inspired by the work of Beah Richards (Wednesday and Thursday). (Through April 10.) 7 p.m., TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 220-1460. Tickets: $10. (Dunning)

* WORKS AND PROCESS: DANCE BY BRIAN REEDER AND KAROLE ARMITAGE (Sunday and Monday) The choreographers created new pieces for this series, to be danced by members of the American Ballet Theater Studio Company and Armitage Gone! Dance, with a discussion moderated by the dance writer Gia Kourlas, who contributes to The New York Times. 8 p.m., Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 88th Street, (212) 423-3587, www.worksandprocess.com; $24; $18 for students and 65+. (Sold out.) (Dunning)

* YASUKO YOKOSHI (Tonight through Sunday) Ms. Yokoshi will present her new "what we when we," a collaboration with Masumi Seyama VI, a master teacher of Kanjyuro Fujima-style Japanese dance, that was inspired by a short story by Raymond Carver. 8:30 p.m., Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, East Village, (212) 674-8194, www.danspaceproject.org; $15 or T.D.F. voucher. Also at Danspace, the choreographers Daria Fain and Francisco Rider Pereira da Silva will present a free program tomorrow at 3 p.m. (Dunning)

Art

Museums and galleries are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of recent art shows: nytimes.com/art.

Museums

* BROOKLYN MUSEUM: 'SYMPHONIC POEM: THE ART OF AMINAH BRENDA LYNN ROBINSON,' through Aug. 14. This prodigious show, by an artist born and still living in Columbus, Ohio, celebrates her heritage in paintings, drawings, sculpture, stitchery, leather work and less classifiable forms of expression. Besides its sheer visual wizardry, using materials like leaves, twigs, bark, buttons and cast-off clothes, her art is compelling in that it ruminates on the history of black migration to, and settlement in, the United States, from early times to the present, in a garrulous, very personal way. Her works do not lend themselves to easy deciphering, but her magic with materials and her daring compositional imagination draw you in. 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park, Brooklyn (718) 638-5000. (Grace Glueck)

* Brooklyn Museum: WILLIAM WEGMAN: 'FUNNEY/STRANGE,' through May 28. Descended from Marcel Duchamp and Buster Keaton, Mr. Wegman has straddled high and low for more than three decades, using his signature Weimaraners to make the art world's funniest videos, as well as television commercials, calendars and children's books. His popular success has tended to obscure his originality and influence, along with a multifarious production that includes wittily captioned drawings, wonderfully irreverent paintings and a host of nondog photographic work. This thorough and thoroughly entertaining retrospective highlights not only the accessibility of his richly human art, but also its dedication to the 1970's notion that art should not look like art. (See above.) (Roberta Smith)

* Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: 'David Smith: A Centennial,' through May 14. David Smith is best known for his worst work, bulky sculptures of the "important" kind that museums and banks like to buy. Much (though not all) of that material has been excised from this survey in favor of smaller, earlier, nonmonumental pieces that the curator, Carmen Gimenez, presents with plenty of air and light. The result is exemplary as a David Smith experience, an American Modernism experience and a Guggenheim Museum experience. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, (212) 423-3500. (Holland Cotter)

* International Center of Photography: 'Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography,' through May 28. If Martians tuned into our television news broadcasts, they'd have a miserable impression of life on Earth. War, disease, poverty, heartbreak and nothing else. That's exactly how most of the world sees Africa: filtered through images of calamity. The Nigerian-born curator Okwui Enwezor offers a bracing alternative view in this show of recent photography from Africa. He isn't interested in simply exchanging an upbeat Africa for a downbeat one, smiles for frowns, but in engineering a slow, complex, panoptical turn in perspective, one that takes in many moods and directions. The results are stimulating, astringent, brimming with life. 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street, (212) 857-0000. (Cotter)

Metropolitan Museum of Art: 'Art of Medicine in Ancient Egypt,' through May 7. Egypt was no picnic 5,000 years ago. The average life span was about 40 years. Wild animals were ever-present. Childbirth was perilous. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness were shots in the dark. Doctors were priests. Medicine was a blend of science, religion and art. The 65 or so objects in this beautiful show functioned as all three. Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212) 535-7710. (Cotter)

* MET: Robert Rauschenberg: 'Combines,' through April 2. Big and handsome almost to a fault. There's something weird about seeing once joyfully rude and over-the-top contraptions from the 1950's and 60's lined up like choirboys in church, with their ties askew and shirttails out. But even enshrined, the combines still manage to seem incredibly fresh and odd, almost otherworldly. I thought of a medieval treasury -- all the rich colors and lights and intricate details. The most beautiful tend to be the early ones: large but delicate, with a subtle, fugitive emotional pitch. (See above.) (Michael Kimmelman)

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: 'EDVARD MUNCH: THE MODERN LIFE OF THE SOUL,' through May 8. This affecting, full-scale retrospective is the first survey of this Norwegian painter in an American museum in almost 30 years. Its more than 130 oils and works on paper cover Munch's entire career, from 1880 to 1944. It also includes a large selection of prints -- many ingeniously adapted from his oils -- that played an important role in his art. 11 West 53rd Street, (212) 708-9400. (Glueck)

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: 'ON SITE: NEW ARCHITECTURE IN SPAIN,' through May 1. Since the early 1970's, when Spain began to awaken from the isolation of a four-decade dictatorship, Spanish architects have produced designs of unusual depth, often with a firm connection to the land, a sense of humility and a way of conveying continuity with the past while embracing the present. Packed with pretty images and elegant models, this exhibition lacks the scholarly depth you might have hoped for on such a mesmerizing subject. (See above.) (Nicolai Ouroussoff)

NEUE GALERIE: 'KLEE AND AMERICA,' through May 22. For a long time, the Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879-1940), regarded as a leading Modernist figure in Europe, didn't believe his delicate, chimerical work had much of a future in the United States. Yet, thanks to artists, collectors and dealers with close contacts in Germany who had begun to discover his work, by the early 1920's, Klee's impact began to be felt here. This show of more than 60 paintings and drawings assembled exclusively from American holdings covers the wide spectrum of Klee's work, from his dense, Cubist-style oil, "When God Considered the Creation of the Plants" (1913), to a beautifully stylized rendering of the jazz singer and dancer Josephine Baker (1927) to labyrinthine compositions like "Or the Mocked Mocker" (1930). 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, (212) 628-6200. (Glueck)

P.S. 1: Jessica Stockholder: 'Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air,' through May 1. A soaring, cannily designed installation -- made of airborne plastic bins, electric lights, orange extension cords and an old armchair topping a wooden tower -- by a sculptor known for orchestrating productive collisions of formalism and consumerism. 22-25 Jackson Avenue, at 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 784-2084. (Ken Johnson)

Whitney Museum of American Art: 'WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2006: DAY FOR NIGHT,' through May 28. This biennial will provoke much head-scratching by uninitiated visitors. A hermetic take on what has been making waves, it's packaged -- branded might be the better word -- as a show long on collaboration and open-endedness: several shows under one roof, including a revival of the 1960's "Peace Tower," which rises like a Tinker Toy construction from the Whitney courtyard, with contributions by dozens of artists. As a counter to the image of the art world as rich, youth-besotted and obsessed with crafty little nothings, the ethos here is provisional, messy, half-baked, cantankerous, insular -- radical qualities art used to have when it could still call itself radical and wasn't like a barnacle clinging to the cruise ship of pop culture. That was back in the 1970's. And much of what's here (including works by bohemians and other senior eccentrics around then) harks back to that moment. Beauty is hard to come by. Check out, among other things, Paul Chan's digital animation of shadowy objects like cellphones and bicycles, floating upward, Wizard of Oz-like, while bodies tumble down, the work cast as if it were light from a tall window slanting onto the floor of a dark room. And also Pierre Huyghe's film, shot in Antarctica and Central Park. It's really gorgeous: crosscut between day and night, fiction and reality, it encapsulates the show's operative but ultimately airy metaphor about the slippery state of art now. ("Day for Night" is the biennial's first-ever title, after the François Truffaut film.) 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, (800) 944-8639 or www.whitney.org. (Kimmelman)

Galleries: Uptown

Tony Cragg: 'Five Bottles' In the early 1980's, this eminent English sculptor made flat, mosaiclike works out of found colored plastic objects and fragments. This show presents a set of five wall-works, each representing a different giant colored bottle composed of toys, combs, cigarette lighters and other pieces of ordinary commercial detritus. Vivian Horan, 35 East 67th Street, (212) 517-9410, through April 21. (Johnson)

Jim Shaw: 'My Mirage 1986- 91' This amazingly inventive California-based artist first became widely known for a series of about 170 works, all measuring 17 by 14 inches, that chronicles the life of a white suburban boy named Billy, from innocent youth to druggy degradation to born-again salvation. The 30 pieces from the series in this show variously imitate comic strips, acid-rock posters, thrift store paintings, comic greeting cards and many other pop culture forms. Skarstedt, 1018 Madison Avenue, near 78th Street, (212) 737-2060, through April 1. (Johnson)

Galleries: 57th Street

Darren Almond /Janice Kerbel: 'The Impossible Landscape' Nothing is obvious in this handsome show of works by two London-based Conceptualists. The connection is that both make visible things that are in different ways impossible. Ms. Kerbel's elegantly abstracted designs for gardens in an office, a Laundromat and other unlikely places are meant to be imagined but never actually built. Mr. Almond's sumptuous, subtly eerie landscape photographs were shot at night using long exposures, making visible what would be invisible to the naked eye. The Horticultural Society of New York, 128 West 58th Street, (212) 757-0915, through May 5. (Johnson)

Galleries: Chelsea

* MARK LECKeY: 'DRUNKEN BAKERS' This cinematically gifted British artist raises his game with a stop-action animation made by simply shooting a raunchy, well-drawn comic strip for adults in close-up, turning its speech balloons into spoken dialogue and adding realistic sound effects. Shown in an increasingly grubby white-on-white cube, the work is elegantly efficient, funny and dark, and adds another twist to the convoluted history of appropriation art. GBE@Passerby, 436 West 15th Street, (212) 627-5258, through April 22. (Smith)

Rachel Whiteread: 'Bibliography' Cardboard boxes cast in plaster are displayed in monotonous profusion singly and in groups by this British sculptor who once made a concrete cast of the inside of a whole house. Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, (212) 206-9100, through April 1. (Johnson)

Other Galleries

* 'THE DOWNTOWN SHOW: THE NEW YORK ART SCENE, 1974-1984' The real down-and-dirty downtown art scene, when the East Village bloomed; punk and new wave rock assailed the ears; graffiti spread like kudzu; and heroin, along with extreme style, raged, is the subject of this wild and woolly show. It's a humongous time warp of more than 450 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos, posters, ephemera and things in between by artists, writers, performers, musicians and maestros of mixed media, from a photograph of the transvestite Candy Darling as she posed on her deathbed to a small, painted sculpture made of elephant dung by David Hammons. With so many clashing ideologies, points of view and attitudes toward art-making, this no-holds-barred hodgepodge generates the buzz and stridency of, say, Canal Street on payday. Granted that much of Downtown was throwaway stuff, too ephemeral and experimental to last, for better or for worse, it helped to change the definition of what art and artists might be. New York University, Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, (212) 998-6780; and Fales Library, 70 Washington Square South, (212) 988-2596, Greenwich Village; through April 1. (Glueck)

* Anya Gallaccio: 'One Art' The viscerally poetic single work occupying Sculpture Center's spacious main gallery is a 50-foot weeping cherry tree that was cut up and reassembled in the gallery, where it is held in place by steel cables and bolts. Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves Street, at Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, (718) 361-1750, through April 3. (Johnson)

Last Chance

* AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 'SURFACE ATTRACTION: PAINTED FURNITURE FROM THE COLLECTION,' . The remarkable images, abstract patterns and floral motifs that flutter across the 30 or so tables, chairs, cabinets and blanket chests in this beautiful, convention-stretching show confirm that from the late 1600's to the late 1800's, quite a bit of American painting talent and ambition was channeled into the decoration of everyday wood objects. The combination of imagination and utility, of economic means and lush effects, defines the human desire for beauty as hard wired. 45 West 53rd Street, (212) 265-1040; closes Sunday. (Smith)

* Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: 'FASHION IN COLORS' Drawn from the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, this sumptuous show arranges 68 often lavish Western gowns and ensembles according to the colors of the spectrum and reinforces their progress with a posh, color-coordinated installation design. For an experience of color as color, it is hard to beat, but it also says a great deal about clothing, visual perception and beauty. 2 East 91st Street, (212) 849-8400; closes Sunday. (Smith)

* William Nicholson Though less well known than his son, the British abstract painter Ben Nicholson, Sir William Nicholson was a successful artist in his day. The mostly small landscapes, portraits and Chardinesque still lifes in this beautiful show offer transporting fusions of paint and imagery. Paul Kasmin, 293 10th Avenue, at 27th Street, Chelsea, (212) 563-4474; closes tomorrow. (Johnson)

Barbara Probst Ms. Probst displays pairs and groups of photographs made using electronically connected cameras able to shoot scenes from different angles at exactly the same time. Seeing a family crossing the street in black and white from the top of a building and close-up in color from street level creates a philosophically intriguing collapse of the normal space-time continuum. Murray Guy, 453 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 463-7372; closes tomorrowthrough March 25. (Johnson)

THE STUDIO VISIT The studio visit, a time-honored ritual that everyone in the art world has both endured and learned from, is taken to its limit in Exit Art's latest exhibition marathon. Each of the 160 mostly short videos represents one artist's idea of, play on, or substitute for, a studio visit. It is a show that often cries out for a fast-forward button, but there are some notable gems -- for example, by Joyce Pensato, Cynthia von Buhler, Ida Applebroog, Bruce Pearson, Lance Wakeling, Taylor McKimens, Paul Wirhun, Elisabeth Kley, Christy Gast and Kim Jones. Exit Art, 475 10th Avenue, at 36th Street, (212) 966-7745; closes tomorrow. (Smith)

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