Ivan Fischer, the National Symphony Orchestra's principal conductor, is known for an incisive musicality, which is bound to yield memorable results as he leads the ensemble in Mahler's Symphony No. 3. Performances are at 7 tonight and 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington Tickets are $20- $80. Call 800-444-1324 or go to

Tim Smith



'The Candidate':

Because of his classy demeanor and all-American looks, Robert Redford never received credit for his originality. See him turn a stump speech into gobbledygook in The Candidate - a dissection of American campaigning - and you feel the euphoria of reality caught on the fly and alchemized into satire. See it at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

Michael Sragow



With Dennis Hopper in the cast and the same premise as one of the most socially conscious films of 2004, what could be wrong about this new cable TV drama? More than you might think. None of the cast or characters from the Paul Haggis film is in the TV series. Still, it's another series looking at culture, race and class - and that makes it worth a look. At 10 p.m. tomorrow on Starz.

David Zurawik




Inside a military compound, a national security chief is challenged by an independent-minded writer. The future of a popular leftist leader hangs on the outcome of their confrontation. See Intelligence at Rep Stage, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, through Nov. 9. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $12-$30. Call 410-772-4900 or go to

Mary Carole McCauley


Open Studio Tour:


Visit dozens of Baltimore painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists in their studios during School 33's annual free, self-guided Open Studio Tour noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There's a kickoff reception 5 p.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow. Go to

Edward Gunts

pop music

Method Man:

Method Man and Redman, hip-hop's answer to Cheech and Chong, have managed to deliver stellar rap cuts when they're not being silly on stage or in movies. They will rock the stage with Keith Murray at 8 p.m. Sunday at Sonar Lounge, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $25. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison