Sufjan Stevens's concept albums about states are vigorous and thoughtful works of art—the kind of wonky music-making that MP3s supposedly murdered a decade ago. He's put that same jittery energy into a 40-minute "cinematic suite" about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a poorly planned and ineptly produced stretch of ugly commuter highway in New York City. The BQE is a Wagnerian love letter to an ugly chunk of urban planning, featuring time-lapse photography, adventurous collage-work, and a trio of comely Hula-hoopers. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863. 7 and 9 pm, $6–$9.)

Support The Stranger