With "lipstick on a pig" threatening to make our political discourse thoroughly ridiculous, it's time to revisit a classic by a master of political thought and criticism: George Orwell's Animal Farm, in which pigs take the leadership role in a barnyard revolution and ultimately declare "all animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The 1954 British feature, the first full-length entertainment cartoon in British history (funded by the CIA as anti-Soviet propaganda), plays at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Call 410-396-5430 or go to www.epfl.net.
These days, splintered movies are chic. Akira Kurosawa exploded the narrative form in Rashomon (1950) and applied a modern sensibility to a medieval tale of a wife raped and a husband murdered. The musical way he sewed together four clashing points of view was bold, beautiful and authentic, and it remains so, as you can see at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are available at AFI.com/Silver or at the AFI Silver box office.
Baltimore artist Lyle Kissack creates photographs by swinging a disposable camera in an arc, then altering the prints by removing emulsion and adding ink drawings. The resulting images leave the dual impression of motion and permanence. They can be viewed in an exhibit titled Work Rhymes, which opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 26 at Minas Gallery, 815 W. 36th St. in Hampden. Call 410-732-4258 or go to minasgalleryand boutique.com.
South African artists Ledelle Moe and Carol-anne Gainer explore issues of destruction and fragility in Matter, an exhibition of their work at Area 405 Gallery, 405 E. Oliver St. Gainer's installation includes digital prints, nickel-plated childhood mementos, drawings and videos. Moe displays monumental concrete sculptures. The exhibit runs through Oct. 26. There will be an artist talk at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The gallery is open noon-3 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Call 410-528-2101 or go to area405.com.
Booker T & the MG's and Eddie Floyd
Stalwarts of the classic Stax sound, Booker T & the MG's and Eddie Floyd produced some of the greatest singles in the pop/soul canon, including "Green Onions" and "Knock on Wood," respectively. Still going strong after nearly 50 years of performing, the legendary acts bring the funk. Booker T & the MG's and Eddie Floyd perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $40. Call 800-955-5566 or go to 930.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
Average White Band
Members of this band are mostly Scottish, and they scored a string of gold and platinum R&B; and heavy funk albums in the mid-1970s. Their hits include such thumping classics as "Pick Up the Pieces," "Cut the Cake" and the oft-sampled "School Boy Crush." Average White Band plays at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $28.50. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
'The Pearl Fishers'
Georges Bizet is thought of as a one-opera composer, but he wrote more than the perennial favorite Carmen. In 1863, about a decade before he created that hit, Bizet wrote Les Pecheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). The plot concerns two men in love with the same Brahman priestess; the score contains a gorgeous tenor-baritone duet that has long enjoyed great popularity on its own. Washington National Opera's production, starring Norah Amsellem and Charles Castronovo, features sets and costumes by British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday (there are five more performances through Oct. 7) at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $25-$250. Go to dc-opera.org.
Peabody Conservatory's concert season starts with a program featuring pianist and Peabody director Jeffrey Sharkey; two faculty artists, violist Maria Lambros and cellist Alison Wells (Sharkey's wife); and guest violinist Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The program offers the rich lyricism of a piano trio by Brahms and a piano quartet by Faure, as well the Scottish overtones of Piobaireachd by contemporary London-born composer Sally Beamish. The concert is 8 p.m. Wednesday at Peabody's Friedberg Hall, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $5-$15. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2 or go to www.peabody.jhu.edu/events.
Marguerite Levin, principal clarinetist of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and a Towson University faculty member, will play an intriguing mix of repertoire in her recital this weekend. The program includes an alternately lush and bravura work by French composer Charles-Marie Widor, as well as pieces by two contemporary Americans: a jazz-spiced sonata by David Baker and the premiere of a score for clarinet and digital processing by Levin's Towson colleague, Christopher Ariza. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Towson's Center for the Arts, Cross Campus and Osler drives. Tickets are $5-$13. Call 410-704-2787 or go to towson.edu/artscalendar/index.asp.
Cassie Meador, an up-and-coming choreographer with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, has created a new work about how change occurs over time. Drift was inspired by a site in Meador's native Georgia that has been farmland, a site for a strip mall and a supermarket; a church is now being built there. Showtime is 6 p.m. today and tomorrow on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Free. Call 301-270-6700 or go to danceexchange.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
Stoop Storytelling Series
This quirky, charming and entertaining series features seven ordinary people telling personal, seven-minute tales on a pre-selected theme. This time it's "Stories about Pets, Stray Mutts and Other Beasts of Burden." Guests will include an animal communicator, a dolphin trainer and a tournament director for the Baltimore Association of Rat Fishermen. The show is 7 p.m. Monday at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $15. Call 410-332-0033 or go to stoopstorytelling.com.
Mary Carole McCauley
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