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THURSDAY

Presented simultaneously from three different angles, Miguel Angel Rios’ roughly-five-minute film, A Morir (’Til Death), shows a group of more than 30 spinning tops (used in the popular playground game el juego de trompo) unleashed upon a tick-tack-toe-like grid. Even without the freighted title, it’s easy to read into the engrossing results: Grace and beauty mix with chaos and power; a light bump from someone else might send you reeling. (A couple of poor bastards even end up spinning on their heads for a few moments.) By the time the dust settles, 24 tops lie motionless on the center screen. Moreover, in the best absent-God tradition, the forces spinning the tops and raking away the fallen (Rios recruited players of all ages in Tepoztlan, Mexico) stay off-camera. Too heavy? Well, it’s also hypnotic as all get-out—so even if you’re inclined to view existential metaphor as hooey, spin into the zone from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (the installation will stay at the museum into fall) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Joe Dempsey)