WASHINGTON CHU SHAN CHINESE OPERA INSTITUTE -- Tuesday at noon. Chinese opera. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-312-1300.

TRIO BALANCA -- Friday at 5 p.m. Brazilian and jazz. National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

FERTILE GROUND -- Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Neo-soul, blues, funk and jazz. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $26, plus a $9 food or drink minimum. 202-337-4141.


HOMELANDS: BAGHDAD-JERUSALEM-NEW YORK -- Closes Thursday; artist reception at 6 p.m. Abstract sculptures by Iraqi artist Oded Halahmy. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. 202-518-9400.



at 2 p.m. Screening of the 1988 documentary about how a rural village is affected by the expansion of a nearby city. Directed by Gaston Kabore. In More and French with English subtitles. National

Museum of African Art, Ripley Center, Room 3111, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

TRAILIN'; THE FIGHTING LEGION -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. A screening of "Trailin,' " a 1921 mystery by Lynn Reynolds; "The Fighting Legion," a 1930 Western by Harry Joe Brown; and "Billy

Blazes, Esq.," a 1919 short film. All silent with recorded musical accompaniment. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

CHUNGKING EXPRESS -- Friday at 7 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. Director Wong Kar Wai's 1995 film about two separate but connected Hong Kong love stories. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

For Children

LEARN TO PLAY UNO -- Tuesday at 2 p.m. Ages 8-14. A librarian teaches participants how to play. Northeast branch library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

ANIMAL SCULPTING -- Thursday at 4 p.m. Observe some of the animals that inhabit Rock Creek Park and make your favorites out of clay. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Lectures and Literature

ARE THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS STILL SINFUL? -- Saturday at 1 p.m. A philosophical roundtable discussion with Cafe Philo D.C. Brasserie Les Halles, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 703-751-5958.


SWAMP TROMP -- Today at 2 p.m. Ages 6 and older. Explore the creek to find salamanders, crayfish, crane fly larvae and other aquatic creatures. Bring water-resistant shoes and bug spray. Rock Creek Park, Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-282-0927.


LA CAGE AUX FOLLES -- Through Sept. 5. Renegade Theater presents the Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein comedy, based on the Jean Poiret farce. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25. 301-871-1487 or 202-783-3933.

BAD GIRLS III: THE REDEMPTION -- Through Sept. 12. Venus Theatre presents eight plays

written by or about women. Warehouse Theatre, 1021 Seventh St. NW. Wednesday pay-what-

you-can, Thursday-Sunday $20. 301-470-2406, Ext. 4.

GET LISTED. E-mail or fax notices -- with dates, time, address, cost and phone number -- to or 202-496-3537. Deadline is two weeks before publication date.