Irish playwright Conor McPherson is the king of bleak humor. A slate of the area's finest actors (Edward Gero, Floyd King and Billy Meleady) combine forces for The Seafarer, a tale of four friends - one blind and the rest blind drunk - who play a climactic game of poker with the devil. Through Feb. 22 at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. N.W., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $34-$61. Call 202-332-3300 or go to studiotheatre.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
'So Many Organs':
Photographer Liz Donadio, painter Ryan Syrell and multimedia artist Dina Kelberman present their work in So Many Organs, an exhibit that opens tomorrow and runs through Feb. 13 at Current Gallery, 30 S. Calvert St. There's a reception with the artists 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 30. Go to currentspace.com.
You won't find a more timely movie playing in the Baltimore area than Beaufort, based on the acclaimed Israeli anti-war novel set in an IDF outpost in Lebanon not long before the army withdrew in 2000. It's the kickoff for the 17th Columbia Jewish Congregation Jewish Film Series, and it shows at 8 p.m. Saturday in Room 200 of the Meeting House in Columbia, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Tickets are $9. Call 410-381-4809 or go to columbiajewish.org/film_series.shtml.
With influences of AC/DC and Tina Turner echoing through her music, Danielia Cotton offers a stylish approach commonly unheard on commercial urban airwaves. A bluesy undercurrent bolsters her funk-rock grooves, and she overlays it all with vibrant, potent vocals. She performs at 9 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $19.50. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramshead tavern.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
Music by Gyorgy Kurtag, the eminent octogenarian Hungarian composer, turns up too rarely here. His engrossing Kafka Fragments, drawn from Kafka's diaries, will be performed by soprano Tony Arnold and violinist Movses Pogossian at 8 tonight at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 410-385-2638.
'Carnival of the Animals':
Kinetics Dance Theatre will perform Carnival of the Animals at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. The 35-minute performance features the music of Camille Saint-Saens and the poetry of Ogden Nash. Tickets are $5; reserve at 410-480-1686. For more information, go to kineticsdance.org.