DOCTOR NIGHTLIFE is going to the Capitol Hill Hyatt Regency on Sunday to watch the Wammies be awarded ($20; 522-8160). She voted for Damian for King of the Airwaves, but then found out that wasn't a category. Meanwhile: FRIDAY
POP LIT SURVEY --
While the Smithereens are out at Merriweather Post, another pair of art/pop disciples -- the deliberate Moody/Pink Australian Church and the intriguing R.E.M./Them Brit mix Blue Aeroplanes -- perform down at the Citadel in Adams-Morgan at a benefit for the deserving Whitman-Walker Clinic ($19.50; 800/543-3041).
YOU SAY IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY --
The Improvisation Inc. comedy troupe celebrates its first anniversary with a special booking at the D.C. Arts Center ($5; 462-7833 or 298-0534) in addition to the regular midnight show Saturday at the Biograph ($5; 333-2696). SATURDAY
THE BIG MAN IS BACK --
Maybe he didn't invent the quiet storm genre, but Barry White -- the "maestro of love," whose deep, seductive voice would make Darth Vader sound shrill -- certainly perfected it. Counting the Love Unlimited Orchestra records, White was responsible for more than 100 gold albums and 38 platinum albums in the '70s. Now he's back, and with a 30-piece orchestra and even more suggestive '90s lyrics, Saturday at Constitution Hall ($22.50, 432-0200) and Sunday at Painter's Mill in Baltimore ($25; 800/548-0237).
YOU SAY IT'S YOUR ANNIVERSARY --
Ten years ago, a workshop organized by the groundbreaking black feminist group Sweet Honey in the Rock gave rise to In Process, which took root(s) and has become a vital ensemble in its own right. In Process reunites with Sweet Honey at the First Congregational Church, 945 G St. NW; in keeping with their embracing concerns, the church is wheelchair-accessible and the concert will be signed for the hearing-impaired. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $6 for seniors and children under 6 and are available at Lammas and Common Concerns in Dupont Circle, Kobos in Adams-Morgan, Wonderful Things at Sixth and E NW and Akua's on Good Hope Road SE; call 480-0887. SUNDAY
ORIGINAL SIN --
Original Temptations, anyway: Eddie Kendricks & Dennis Edwards (who replaced Kendricks's original original partner David Ruffin in 1968) are one of the old Motown stars -- along with Mary Wells, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas -- lined up for a quick lesson in sinfully smooth Top 40 at Wolf Trap ($18 reserved seats, $12 lawn; 255-1860 or 432-0200). There'll be singin', swayin', music playin', and dancing in the streets.
LIGHT FANTASTICS --
Reclusive New York laureate Laura Nyro makes one of her all-too-infrequent appearances, armed only with a piano and her velvet melancholy, at the Birchmere ($17.50). After an equally long "retirement," Washington composer and jazz journalist Bill Holland slips on as the opening act, and almost as simply as Nyro: He's backed by Newkey Ronnie Newmyer on bass.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION --
Like all "folk arts," jazz evolved from the unknown and unacknowledged contributions of so many that its birthdate can only be approximated, but it was in the last decade of the last century that ragtime made its first impact, and so musicians and fans all over the world are celebrating June 10 as the centennial of jazz. Glen Echo Park hosts an afternoon of jazz bands, representing all styles of jazz back to the Gay '90s; dancing, jam sessions and picnicking are from noon to 6. Admission to the Spanish Ballroom is $8; for information call 860-4142. A more formal celebration begins at 8 at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall, featuring not only such longtimers as the Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and Marlene Shaw but up-and-comers Kent Jordan and Joey DeFrancesco. Tickets range from $35 to $100, with a $150 package that includes a reception; for information call 331-9404 or 467-4600. MONDAY
CRAWDADDY'S GOT A SQUEEZEBOX --
Okay, so there's been a lot of Cajun music and such going around lately, but if you still haven't surrendered to that squeezebox two-step -- even if you think you've heard it all -- you gotta hear Louisiana lightnin' Jo-El Sonnier (at Zed's in Alexandria; reservations 768-5558). His zydeco version of Richard Thompson's "Tear-Stained Letter" ought to be the "Z" entry in the encyclopedia of American music. Unfortunately, Sonnier has some competition from the popularized Cajun rocker Zachary Richard (say Ree-shard, please), who's playing the Bayou Monday ($12.50; 333-2987); Zack's no hack, but he's not quite up to the Sonnier snuff (and besides, he'll be back with Jimmy Buffett July 6 and 7 at Merriweather Post).
SUZANNE VAGUER --
That may be how the more impatient see her -- as a sort of 12th-century mystic, like Zeffirelli's St. Clare -- but don't let her lapidary vision and melodic moodiness fool you; neo-folkie Suzanne Vega can write a line ice-cold as a stiletto, and just as sharp (at the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall; $22.50, 800/543-3041). TUESDAY
KEY CHANGES --
In 1986, the Yellowjackets won a Grammy for best R&B Instrumental album of the year ("Shades"); in 1989, their cooler, more intellectual "Politics" picked up the Grammy for Jazz Fusion. And with their new album, "The Spin," they move even further toward the traditional jazz bin, using acoustic instruments to describe a warmer, more melodic sound. The Yellowjackets appear through next Sunday (June 17) at Blues Alley ($22.50 in advance only; 337-2338).
VINCE INTEREST --
If you read country album credits, you know Vince Gill as Nashville's favorite session singer -- a one-man (or with Harry Stinson, two-man) Jordannaires. Now he's stepped out front with his own album, "When I Call Your Name," and he's playing the Birchmere ($15; 432-0200). Opening is songwriter Hugh Moffatt, brother to Katy Moffatt; you know how talent runs in families. For triple dippers, Gill is followed into the Birchmere on Wednesday by new-country crooner Travis Tritt, who's teetering on the edge of country hitdom at No. 11 on Billboard's charts ($13.50). WEDNESDAY
TAKE A TRAIN --
Talent will out, but a little good teaching never hurt. Members of the Duke Ellington School's Jazz Orchestra have been awarded full scholarships to the Youth Music Monterrey Jazz Camp in Carmel, Calif., later this month; but they still need to raise $10,000 for travel expenses. So the orchestra, along with guest stars Keter Betts and Doug Carn and perhaps a few surprises, play a fund-raising concert at the Ellington Theater at 35th and R; admission is $20 at the door (342-1321). What better way to celebrate jazz's centennial than by ensuring its future vitality?
TROWER OF POWER --
What with Joe Satriani's success, and the reemergence on vinyl (so to speak) of Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, it would seem that now is the time for all guitar heroes to come parade their commodity. Robin Trower, the amplified heart of Procol Harum and assorted super sessions, drops by the Bayou ($12.50; 333-2897).