DILATED PEOPLES -- Wednesday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $16 in advance; $18 at door. ramsheadlive.com or 410-244-1131
In the tradition of Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples recharged West Coast rap underground with a few smart releases. The duo of Evidence and Rakaa gelled more than a decade ago. The like minds soon formed Dilated Peoples, whose quirky, left-of-center rhymes have yet to break into the mainstream. But that certainly isn't a knock against the music of Dilated Peoples.
[RASHOD D. OLLISON]
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS -- Available Tuesday. Genius. $24.95. No film excited more heated discussion and critical championship in art house circles this year than Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the engrossing story of a thoughtless college girl's illegal abortion in 1987 Romania. When delicate-looking Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) finally faces up to her pregnancy after months of denial, her strapping roommate Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) assumes responsibility for Gabita's plight. Over the course of a single super-stress-filled day, Otilia alone feels the moral weight of their choices. She puts herself at risk, body and soul, for the good of her friend. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days dramatizes how the warping nature of a repressive society can simultaneously corrupt and empower victims like Gabita, who, in her halting, passive-aggressive way, uses her weakness to take advantage of Otilia. And even when Otilia registers as a heroine, we see her as a wounded soul.
WEEDS -- 10 p.m. tomorrow. Showtime.
Mary-Louise Parker returns for a fourth season as Nancy, the marijuana-dealing suburban mom.
This is one series that has definitely benefited from a worsening economy. The harder times have become in Middle America, the easier it is for viewers to suspend moral disapproval of the choice Nancy has made to keep her family afloat. And the less guilty one feels about rooting for a drug dealer, the easier it is to enjoy the humor.
As always, Parker is a delight. And this season, she gets a bit of extra supporting help from Albert (Lost in America) Brooks. Seeing this gifted comedian and filmmaker back on weekly TV is, in its own right, worth a tune-in.
CINEMA EFFECT II -- 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest, Washington. Opens Wednesday. Free. 202-633-1618 or hirshhorn.si.edu.
The first half of this intriguing exhibition, Dreams, looked at how artists used moving images to convey a heightened sense of the real. Realism, the current show, reflects on how moving images have fuzzed the line between fiction and reality.
Presenting films and videos by 19 international artists, half the exhibition examines works that quote Hollywood movies, international cinema and pop culture. The other half explores how the media - including television, home video and digital entertainment - often misrepresent historical events by imitating the documentary genre.
PILOBOLUS -- 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, 1645 Wolf Trap Rd., Vienna, Va. $38 in the Filene Center; $8 on the lawn. 877-965-3872 or wolftrap.org.
Send in the clowns.
Pilobolus, the modern dance company that devised a unique, weight-sharing approach to partnering is coming to Wolf Trap for one performance only.
The program of five works includes one new piece, B'ZYRK, performed for the first time last year. In the piece, Jonathan Wolken, one of the troupe's founders, creates an obscure Eastern European circus, complete with a dusty audience of country folk. The choreography contrasts the athletes' bravado with the limits of the human body, and has a lively Gypsy-Russian-Balkan score.
The kick line, alone, should be worth the price of admission.
[MARY CAROLE McCAULEY]
CITY SAND 2008 -- Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Harborplace Amphitheater, between the Pratt Street and Light Street pavilions. Free. 410-332-4191 or harborplace.com.
Professional design teams, consisting of local builders, architects and others, compete against each other to build the most spectacular themed sandcastles. The audience and a panel of judges pick the winners.
During the competition, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., families can build their own sandcastles in a giant public sandbox and listen to live music by St. Veronica's Steel Drum Band. The jazz-funk group the Swingin' Swamis also gives a performance during the event.
MONUMENT PIANO TRIO -- 7 tonight at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. $13-$16. 410-385-2638 or andiemusiklive.com.
There may be a subliminal message in this, or maybe just coincidence, but the Monument Piano Trio will devoted its program for Father's Day to music by - women. The ensemble of violinist Igor Yuzefovich, cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski and pianist Micahel Sheppard can be counted on to deliver assured, sensitive performances. And this is a good opportunity to hear chamber works by such fine composers as Clara Schumann, Cecile Chaminade, and Joan Tower (she'll be in town later this week to hear the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra play her Concerto for Orchestra).