A Jane Austen weekend. Rain in the forecast Or maybe you just want to take a breath before Memorial Day? Hit the couch for a Jane Austen weekend. Dig into The Three Weissmanns,  Cathleen Schine’s wry Upper West Side reworking of Sense and Sensibility, and then Netflix a handsome rendition of the original, Ang Lee’s 1995 version starring Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson. Round out the Austen adaptations with Clueless, Amy Heckerling’s delicious 1995 romp through Austen’s Emma, Valley Girl-style.

Los Angeles

The Oath. The acclaimed new documentary from Oscar-nominated director Laura Poitras traces the parallel stories of two men in Osama bin Laden’s circle—bodyguard and driver—whose paths lead them in opposite directions, one to an anonymous life as a taxi driver in Yemen, the other to imprisonment at Guantanamo and a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Opens tonight at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 theater, 8000 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood. Poitras will appear in person at the 7 p.m. screenings tonight and tomorrow.

San Francisco

Dana Lawton Dances: Who Is She? Four international choreographers—Americans Dana Lawton and Catherine Marie Davalos, Colombian Rosana Barragan, and Chinese Jia Wu—dance their way through female icons in literature, music, dance, and popular culture. Look for Sappho, Marilyn Monroe, and Aretha Franklin to take their turns in the spotlight. Presented as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Saturday May 22 at 9 p.m., Sunday May 23 at 2 p.m., at the Southside Theatre, Fort Mason.

Ericka Lutz: A Widow’s To-Do List. Few brides say “I do” with widowhood in mind. But for Lutz, 23 years of marriage flew by and “until death do us part” hit with the force of a major earthquake. In a solo performance, she explores what came next, and the unexpected list that came with it. Sunday, May 23, 7 p.m. at Stagewerx Theater, 533 Sutter Street.


Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. Three decades of Horn’s art—sculptures, photos, artist books, sound works, installations—explore ways in which a sense of identity can be as changeable as the weather. In Horn’s hands, gold, glass, pure pigment, and other sensuous stuff are put to austere use. The same for the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Through June 13 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue.

New York

Portraits of Wisdom. What does age look like these days? In the Winter Garden of Lower Manhattan’s World Financial Center, you’ll find answers in 50 large-scale photo portraits of iconic world figures, all of them over 65. Look for Madeleine Albright, Billie Jean King, Jane Goodall, and Vanessa Redgrave, her sober inward gaze worthy of Athena herself. Through May 25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Judy Collins. At 71, her voice is still pure and strong. But in this posh cabaret setting, she sings more show tunes than folk songs—and that sounds good to us. Keep an ear out for her poignant version of “Over the Rainbow,” included in her new album, “Paradise,” due out June 8. At Café Carlyle, 35 E. 76th Street, through June 12.

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