The Ice Capades "Salute to Hollywood" pays tribute to the celluloid capital this weekend (through February 28) at the Capital Centre with more than 40 performers, including current World Pro ice dancing champions Carol Fox and Richard Dalley, cartoon stars the Smurfs, Swedish National Champion Catarina Lindgren and Steve Taylor, whose specialty is jumping over vans. Tickets are $7 to $20. For showtimes, call 432-0200. REST OF THE BEST

The University of Maryland Community Concert Series presents the "Great American Songwriters Series" featuring vocalists Chris Connor (performing at 4 Sunday), Shirley Horn (March 20) and Julie Wilson (April 17) at the Center of Adult Education Auditorium, at the intersection of University Boulevard and Adelphi Road in College Park. Tickets are $14; $11.50 for students and seniors. 454-6534 . . . the Washington Camerata performs the early music program Musica Dulci Sono: In Praise of Music at the Round House Theater, 12210 Bushey Dr. in Wheaton at 7:30 Sunday. It's $5 at the door. 468-4234 . . . The Modernist-American Yiddish Poets in the 20th Century program at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington combines poetry readings with the music of mother-daughter folk duo Dvora and Carmi at 7:30 Sunday, at 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $3.50. 881-0100. PICK A TUNE

The "Jazz in the Palm Court" series at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History continues with "The Harlem Stride Piano School" at 1:30 and again at 3:30 Sunday with pianist Bross Townsend, bassist Bob Cunningham and drummer Michael Carvin limning the styles of James Price Johnson, Charles "Lucky" Roberts, Willie "The Lion" Smith and Fats Waller. It's free. Call 357-2700.

At the Phillips Collection, pianist Marian Hahn performs a recital that includes works by Schumann, Mozart, Debussy and Chopin at 5 Sunday at 1600 21st St. NW. It's also free (unless you leave a donation). Call 387-2151.

George Mason University's 1988 Gospel Extravaganza unites Washington gospel singer Myrna Summers with GMU's gospel group Echos of Joy, the Howard University Gospel Choir, the New Beginnings Ensemble and the North Gayton Young Adult Choir at 4 Sunday at the Student Union II Ballroom, 4400 University Dr. in Fairfax. Free. 323-2574.

As part of the Smithsonian's American Sampler series, "The Songs and Times of Richard Allen" follows the life and early hymns of the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1 to 4 Saturday with audience participation workshops and the one-man performance "The Times of Richard Allen," starring Michael W. Howell. It's free in American History's Hall of Musical Instruments. 357-4182. THE ART OF CRAFT

Surround yourself with art at the American Craft Council's Craft Fair this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall when more than 500 exhibitors show their clothing, ceramics, jewelry, metal, leather and more. Highlights include informal runway fashion shows and a new-talent showcase by more than 20 college art students from around the country. Show hours are 11 to 8 Friday, 11 to 6 Saturday and 11 to 5 Sunday. Admission to the show, at Pratt and Charles streets, is $5. 301/962-1122. ALL KEYED UP

The National Symphony Orchestra presents its 1988 Young Soloist Competition college finals at 7 Sunday. This year, as in the past, the NSO will select two young musicians -- from a group of eight vocalists and instrumentalists -- for sponsorship in future recitals and appearances with the NSO. It's free, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; no tickets required. 254-3600. ONCE UPON A TIME . . .

The stories of Italian children's author Tomie de Paola spring to life with the actors of Houston's "Theatre on Wheels" between 2 and 3 Sunday at the Baird Auditorium of the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. With a touch of audience participation, four stories will be presented: "The Legend of the Bluebonnet," "Fin M'Coul," "Now One Foot, Now the Other" and a tale from the "Strega Nona" series. It's $5. Call 357-3030. HAPPY NEW YEAR

Keep the lampshades and champagne at home and celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with lions, dragon dances and firecrackers in Chinatown Sunday afternoon. Events include a parade beginning at Eighth and H NW at 1, lion dancing and firecracker lightings at Sixth and H at 2:30, the Uptown Rhythm Kings between 3 and 4 also at Sixth and H followed by Kung Fu demonstrations at 4. It's free (unless you partake of the abundance of Chinese foods for sale in the neighborhood). Take Metro's Yellow Line to Gallery Place. Call 724-4091.

Meanwhile, the Arlington International Club celebrates the Vietnamese and Chinese New Year at the Dawson Terrace Center at 7 Friday with traditional foods, Vietnamese flower-making, fortune telling, calligraphy, Chinese lion dancing and a children's corner where tots can play Bau Cua Ca Cop, a board game. It's free. Call 558-3066. ROLL IT ON OVER

The 18th annual Washington RV Show displays all the possibilities of recreational vehicles -- from $1,800 pop-up campers to $140,000, 33-foot motorhomes and all the travel trailers, custom vans and "fifth wheelers" between. The show is open 1 to 9 Friday, noon to 9 Saturday and noon to 7 Sunday. Admission at the D.C. Convention Center (900 Ninth NW) is $6; $3 for kids 6 to 12. Call 371-5051 or 560-6424 for information. STRINGING ALONG

Scotland's award-winning classical guitarist David Russell makes a rare Washington appearance at 8 Friday at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall, 37th and O NW, to play works by J.S. Bach, Edvard Grieg, Dionisio Aguado, Emilio Pujol and others. Tickets are $12; $10 for students and seniors. Call 726-1216 for information. STRETCH & SING

Children's singer and guitarist Barry Polisar pops up at the Karon Gymnastic Club at 2 Sunday to tell stories and play music in a program that includes gymnastics by the Karon Gym team. Tickets at the door (3731 Pickett Rd., Fairfax) are $4. Call 323-0088.