Spotlight on Wednesday, May 8

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ART, FILMED

New York photographer Cindy Sherman is known for conceptual portraits in which she tried to raise questions about the representation of women in society. Her photographs are among the most expensive ever sold.

Two decades ago, videographer Paul H-O -- an outsider of the art world -- approached the reclusive Sherman about creating a documentary. The result, "Guest of Cindy Sherman," offers unprecedented access to the artist and offers a critique of the inflated New York art market and the culture of celebrity. Filmed over 15 years and including interviews with a veritable who's who of the art and entertainment world -- including Ingrid Sischy, John Waters, Robert Longo, Carol Kane, David Furnish, Danny DeVito and Molly Ringwald -- the film paints a vivid picture of the New York art scene that is also a witty, illuminating look at celebrity, male anxiety and art.

As part of the Katzen Cinema Series, the American University Museum (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW) is showing a free screening of the documentary Wednesday at 7 p.m.

GYPSY JAZZ

Here at Spotlight, it's no longer a surprise to us when we hear about world-class musicians who are age 13. There seems to be more and more musical prodigies these days, though we admit that it doesn't make it any less impressive. Today, we're spotlighting Daisy Castro, an accomplished Gypsy Jazz violinist who learned to play the violin at 6 years old and released her very first classical album at 13. She fell in love with Gypsy Jazz, or Gypsy swing, when her parents took her on a trip to Paris, and she has since modeled that style.

Since releasing her album in 2010, she has toured all around the world. She'll be stopping by Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) on Wednesday evening and again May 22, and we're honored to have her. Tickets are $15 at strathmore.org.

HEMINGWAY, DANCED

American author Ernest Hemingway has been honored in many ways. But the Washington Ballet may be taking the most unique approach, beautifully dancing his works through the extraordinary vision and choreography of Septime Webre. Following the success of "The Great Gatsby," the Washington Ballet unveils a new performance based on one of Hemingway's finest novels, "The Sun Also Rises," which follows a group of American and British expatriates in the 1920s who travel from Paris to the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, to watch the running of the bulls.

Premiering Wednesday evening at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW), the show continues through Sunday. For more information on show times and to purchase tickets, visit kennedy-center.org.

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