Gimme Shelter

Singer and songwriter Jackson Browne tops the bill for Sanctuary: A Benefit Evening of Music, Politics and Film this Saturday at 8. Folk singers Holly Near and Danny O'Keefe also appear in acoustic sets; there'll be a showing of "Witness to War," a documentary recently nominated for an Academy Award; and performances by the Andean folk group Rumisonko, the St. Augustine's Episcopal Church gospel choir and actor Mandy Patinkin. The concert is at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. Tickets are $14.50 and $16.50; proceeds go to the legal defense and education programs of the National Sanctuary Defense Fund. For tickets and information, call 385-0044 or 626-1050. Womanly Pursuits

Activities by and for woman abound this weekend, which, incidentally, coincides with National Women's History Week. Here are a few:

*Women of Color: Weaving a Cultural Artistry offers an evening of African and modern dance Friday at 8. The show features a New York dance troupe, the Urban Bushwomen, and local dancers directed by Pearl Reynolds. The performance, sponsored by the Cosan Arts Institute and Howard University, is at Howard's Cramton Auditorium, 2400 Sixth Street NW. Tickets are $7 and available by calling 636-7173 or 232-0183.

*You don't have to watch guys named Guy to see ice hockey. There'll be no checking but plenty of action this weekend when the Washington Redcoats sponsor The Mid-Atlantic Women's Ice Hockey League Championship Playoffs at Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Place SE (near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Minnesota Avenue). Four teams will vie in the preliminaries beginning Saturday at 7. The consolation match is Sunday at noon; the championship game is at 2. 581-0199 or 584-3040. Free.

*Changing Aesthetics: Woen and Art will discuss the role of women in the arts this Saturday from 9:30 to 5:30. You can register the day of the event for $15 (includes lunch). That evening from 5:30 to 7 there's a free reception for sculptor Dorothy Gillespie and poetry readings by Michelle Parkerson and Irene Rouse. All activities are at the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 12826 Laurel-Bowie Road in Laurel. 953-1993. Guitar Wars

Two local guitarists take center stage in separate area concerts this weekend.

*Classical guitarist William Feasley performs a solo recital of Bach, Granados and Castelnuovo-Tedesco Friday at 8. Feasley, who teaches at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, will also play Renaissance lute. Tickets are $6 at the door; $4 for students and seniors. The concert is at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda. 565-0458 or 301/366-7855.

*Also on Friday, guitarist and composer Anthony Curtis performs original jazz and experimental compositions beginning at 10:30 p.m. Indian percussionist Daniel Brabhakar accompanies him. The show is at D.C. Space, Seventh and E streets NW. Tickets are $7 at the door. 347-4960. Modern Music for Open Ears

New York musician Peter Gordon hits town for his first Washington appearance since 1980. Backed by his 12-piece Love of Life Orchestra -- which includes synthesizers, electric guitars and mandolins -- Gordon incorporates Philip Glass minimalism, rock fusion and full-bodied jazz. Gordon, a saxophonist, keyboardist and composer, has worked with such vanguard artists as Laurie Anderson, David Van Tiegham and Robert Ashley. The concert is Saturday at 8 at Lisner Auditorium on the George Washington University campus, 21st and H streets NW. Tickets range from $14.50 to $20; students can buy half-price tickets at Jordan Kitts, 1330 G Street NW. For more tickets, call 432-0200; for more information it's 393-3600. Something Fishy

Now's the time to set your hook for the coming fishing season. At The 11th Annual Angling Show, sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited, experts will help, er, "afishionados" brush up on fly- tying, casting and using tackle. There'll also be speakers and conservation films. The show is Sunday from 11 to 5:30 at Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Boulevard, Bethesda. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free ($10 maximum per family). Call 301/236-4447. Leafing Through

Turn back the pages of time at The 11th Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, where 70 exhibitors will show off thousands of old books, manuscripts, autographs and other printed matter. The event is Friday from 11 to 8 and Saturday from 10 to 5 at the Rosslyn Westpark Hotel, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, in Arlington. Admission is $3. If you think you've got your own treasure in the attic, you can have it appraised for another $3 on either day between 1 to 2. By Metrorail, exit from the Orange/Blue lines at the Rosslyn Station. 527-4814, extension 246. Rest of the Best

IN TOWN: The United States Air Force Band continues its free Guest Artist Series Sunday with Grammy Award nominees Phil Mattson and the P.M. Singers. The concerts are at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets NW. 767-5658 . . . The Capitol Woodwind Quintet plays music from Janacek, Danzi, Beethoven and Ravel on Sunday at 3 at Dumbarton Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton Avenue NW. Tickets are $5; $4 for students. 790-9425 . . . The 16th Annual Washington Antiques Fair comes to the Starplex/Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street, Friday and Saturday from noon to 9; Sunday, noon to 6. Admission is $3.50; children under 15 are free with parent. By Metrorail, exit at the Stadium/Armory station from the Orange/Blue lines. 547- 9215 or 924-2551 . . . The Source Theater presents a free performance of Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy Saturday at 1:30 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Librry, Room A-5, 901 G Street NW. 727- 1281 . . . The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington present a West African Night, an internationl happy hour featuring the food, song and dance of West Africa, this Friday from 6 to 8 at the Carnegie Conference Center, 11 Dupont Circle (entrance at 1511 New Hampshire Avenue NW). Tickets are $5 at the door. 544-1229.

IN MARYLAND: Pianist Charles Covington heads a piano and flute jazz concert this Friday at 7:30 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Constitution and Greenfield streets in Annapolis. Tickets are $5. 261-1553.

IN VIRGINIA: The Fresk Quartet, an ensemble from Sweden, plays music by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and Dag Wiren this Saturday at 8. The concert is at The Barns of Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $10 and available by calling 432- 0200.