Next Thursday's Phranc and blackgirls show at the Barns of Wolf Trap listed in today's Weekend was cancelled after the section, which is printed in advance, went to press. (Published 10/12/90)

IT'S NOT really a week for Big Names, but the doctor's bag is bulging with stuff for cultists and just about everyone else.


LIFE IS A CARNIVAL -- Big things are undoubtedly ahead for Washington's own Carnival of Souls, now a brash-and-brooding hard-pop trio fronted by the ace team of intense bassist/singer Philip Stevenson and quietly charismatic guitarchitect Tony White. Better catch them while you can on their home turf at d.c. space ($5; 202/347-4960).

VOICES FROM BEYOND -- Those who were enchanted by the eerily beautiful sound of the Bulgarian Women's Radio & Television Choir might do well to investigate the B'Stritsa Babi (repeat after me: bih-street-zah bah-bee), eight Bulgarian women who will perform traditional village songs, dances and rituals at 8:30 at the Washington Ethical Society Auditorium, 7750 16th St. NW ($6; 703/281-2228.)


IRISH SIGHS -- Singer Maura O'Connell has found that something in the Irish temperament is perfectly suited to the heartache of American country music. Her debut album's a stunner, and by all accounts O'Connell can really turn it on in performance, as you'll see at the Birchmere ($12.50; 703/549-5919).

CHANGING THEIR STRYPES -- While Christian rockers DeGarmo & Key are bringing their "Take the Pledge -- Read the Word" tour promoting Bible literacy to Lisner Auditorium ($15; 301/294-3105 or 800/762-3554), preeminent Christian metallists Stryper seem to have fallen from the fold. Not that they've gone Satanic or anything, but at the Hammerjack's show, you might notice that they're now singing about such standard secular subjects as bikes and babes ($10; 301/659-7625 or 202/432/0200).

RAG BAG -- Pianist James Dapogny and his well-thought-of Chicago Jazz Band blow into town to play two concerts of the New Orleans music popularized by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Northern Virginia's own Alex Hassan, a ragtime buff and librarian for the Defense Department by day, sits in on piano ($16.50; 202/467-4600).


MAKE-OUT MEDLEY -- This one'll take you back: At Constitution Hall, a soul summit of creamy R&B balladeers, featuring the Stylistics (their new album features falsetto soul updated by producers Maurice Starr and Arthur Baker, but they'll still sing "Betcha By Golly Wow" and "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), the original Delfonics, the Manhattans, and Lloyd Price, who boasts 14 Top 10 hits, including "Just Because," and "Stagger Lee" ($19.50; 202/432-0200 or 800/448-9009).

SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE -- There's a Joe Jackson Workshop booked at Hammerjack's Sunday. Could this be the same Joe Jackson, "Look Sharp" new waver, big band jiver, soundtrack scorer? What's a good Joe like him doing in a place like Baltimore's mega-meat market? If you can't make the trip to check out Jackson's latest musical twist, he'll come to you -- Jackson is slated at the Bayou Oct. 23 for two shows ($10.50; 301/659-7625).

HOUSE PARTY -- This weekend, check out a hot club without even leaving the house: The Red Hot Swingin' Johnsons, a supergroup of sorts made up of musicians from some of the best local bands, will be playing its blend of New Orleans jump R&B live in the studio at WDCU-90.1 FM on the Jazz Masters Show with Tim Masters Sunday at 1 p.m. The lineup includes Ivan Brown and John Coombs of Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, who between them cover piano, bass, trumpet and tuba; tenorman Derek Huston (Uptown Rhythm Kings); baritone saxman Chris Watling (Grandsons of the Pioneers); Ted Watkin on tenor, harmonica saw and bones (from the now-defunct All Points Bulletin); guitarist Tommy G. (Tex Rubinowitz and his All Stars); and drummer Jeff Lodsun (Little Junior and the Hitmen).


FAITHFULLY YOURS -- Marianne Faithfull spent the '60s rolling around with the Stones, the '70s running through New York mostly stoned and the '80s trying to atone. Faithfull has revived her career, singing songs of life, love and loss, and from her beautifully ravaged voice you'll understand these were lessons painfully learned ($18; 202/393-0930).

ROCK OPERA RESURRECTED -- "Jesus Christ Superstar," the first Andrew Lloyd Webber musical blockbuster and an object of controversy two decades ago, is touring the country in a 20th anniversary revival, and the 50-member cast comes to Lisner Auditorium for a week's run. By the way, MCA has just released the original album domestically on double CD ($34.50-$39.50; 202/432-0200).


AKERS AND PAINS -- It may seem as if she's never been away, for all the time she spends in local gossip columns, but Karen Akers hasn't sung a D.C. club date in nearly two years -- the Tony-nominated Rockville mom has been co-starring in the hit Broadway musical "Grand Hotel." Performing with her trio at Blues Alley, Akers can be always be counted on for exquisitely quavery cabaret angst ($25; 202/337-4141).

SPELLING LESSON -- Flat-topped Phranc (nee Susie Gottlieb) calls herself "your basic Jewish American lesbian folksinger," and her righteousness is balanced by her sense of humor; blackgirls are a low-key, lowercase trio of neo-folkies. They're nicely paired for a show at the Barns of Wolf Trap, though it seems like these "womyn" are intent on making life difficult for copy editors ($10; 202/432-0200).