The adventurous art-rock collective from San Francisco offers a more balanced showcase of its sometimes-chaotic style on Offend Maggie, its latest album. Deerhoof's inventive approach will come alive onstage at 7 p.m. Sunday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $15 and are available through tickets.com or by calling 1-800-955-5566.
Rashod D. Ollison
'Waiting for Godot':
: Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece concerns the plight of two tramps who arrive at a crossroads for a rendezvous with the mysterious Mr. Godot. Many critics see it as an allegory for the stubborn persistence of hope. See it at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., through Nov. 2. Free tonight, then tickets are $15-$20. Call 410-752-8558 or go to runofthemilltheater.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
D.C.-based violinist Michelle Kim, cellist Igor Zubkovsky and pianist Diane Winter Pyles will visit Baltimore to perform Dvorak's colorful, much-loved Piano Trio in E minor (nicknamed "Dumky"). The concert is at 3 p.m. Saturday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.
'Strangers on a Train':
For witty, kinky and increasingly galvanizing thrills, it's hard to top Strangers on a Train (1951), the Alfred Hitchcock classic about a silkily insinuating socialite who cozies up to a tennis player during a train ride from New York to Washington and proposes tit-for-tat murders. See it at 7 p.m. Saturday at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. General admission is $12.
'Works on Paper':
Eugene Leake: Works on Paper is an exhibit of watercolor and oil paintings, including more than a dozen landscapes never shown before, by the late Eugene "Bud" Leake, who died in 2005 and served for many years as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art. The show runs through Nov. 29 at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. Go to cgrimaldisgallery.com.
'D.L. Hughley Breaks the News' :
There are two trends responsible for this new comedy show airing at 10 p.m. Saturdays on CNN: the record ratings enjoyed by NBC's Saturday Night Live and TV's sudden interest in race because of Barack Obama's presidential candidacy. Hughley promises an "alternative look" at the week's news. Here's hoping.