The Washington Ballet, the Deborah Riley Dance Projects, the Adrain Bolton Dance Company and other area dance companies and artists come together this weekend for "A New Dance for Life," a benefit for LifeLink, an AIDS-support organization. The benefit will feature premieres of new dance programs by Keith Lee, ballet master of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and local choreographer Paul Gordon Emerson. The shows are at 8 Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Marvin Theater, 800 21st St. NW on the George Washington University campus (Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU). Tickets are $15, $8 for seniors, students and people with AIDS; call 202/362-3042 or 202/387-0911. ADULT STORYTIME

Master storyteller Jon Spelman presents a new show called "On the Bedpost Overnight," a collection of bedtime stories for adults drawn from his experiences, at 7:30 Monday and Tuesday evenings through Feb. 12 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 1401 Church St. NW. Tickets are $12; call 202/393-3939. A FABLE FOR THE YOUNG

"Boco'n!" a Central American fable about a 12-year-old boy who loses his voice and flees to the United States after soldiers invade his village and his father disappears, is presented by the Kennedy Center Theater for Young People at 7 Fridays and 1 Sundays through Feb. 10 in the Theater Lab. The performance is in English with some Spanish. Tickets are $8.50; call 202/467-4600. LUDWIG, WOLFGANG ET AL.

Classical concerts are in vogue:

The Washington Music Ensemble and pianist Alan Mandel present a rare concert of Beethoven's last three piano sonatas at 8 Friday at the German Embassy, 4645 Reservoir Rd. NW. Admission is $15, seniors and students $7.50; call 202/625-2361.

The Chamber Artists of Washington and guest pianist Enrique Graf perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Dohnanyi at 7:30 Saturday at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Tickets are $15; call 202/467-4600. VOICES FROM HARLEM

The Boys Choir of Harlem presents a concert of Gershwin, Ellington, Mozart and other popular works at 7 Saturday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 to $21; call 202/467-4600. A LEE FAMILY GALA

The Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee and the Lee-Fendall House celebrate the birthdays of Lee and his father Light-Horse Harry Lee from 3 to 5 Sunday with music, guided tours and costumed actors portraying Robert E. Lee and his aides. The Lee-Fendall House is at 614 Oronoco St. and the Boyhood Home is at 607 Oronoco St. in Alexandria. Admission to both houses is $4 for adults, $2 ages 6 through 17, free for younger; call 703/548-1789. WEST AFRICAN STORIES

"A Story, A Story," a collection of folk tales from West Africa illustrated with vivid costumes and accompanied by songs and music, opens Tuesday in the Discovery Theatre in the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Buiding, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). Show hours are 10 and 11:30 Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 and 1 Saturdays through Feb. 23. Tickets are $3.50 for adults, $3 for children; call 202/357-1500. SAX, ANYONE?

Two free concerts and a day of classes and recitals highlight the U.S. Navy Band's 14th annual International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University this weekend. The two concerts -- the Navy Concert Band at 8 Friday and the Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble at 2 Sunday -- are in the Center for the Arts on the campus at 4400 University Dr. in Fairfax. They're free, but tickets must be picked up at the center's box office between 10 and 4 Friday or noon to 5 Saturday; call 703/764-7970. Sax clinics are from 9 to 4 in the Humanities I Building while recitals are at 8, 10, 11:30, 1:30, 2:45, 4 and 8 in the Harris Theatre. These events are free and no tickets are required; call 202/433-6090. REST OF THE BEST

The National Theatre of the Deaf presents "One More Spring," an adaptation of Robert Nathan's tale of survival during the Great Depression, at 8 Friday at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd. in Cheverly (301/277-1710) and at 8:30 Tuesday at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. (703/476-1111). The performances combine speech with sign language. Tickets for both shows are $10, $8 for students and seniors . . . Dancer LaVaughn Robinson and Irish step dancer Regan Wick join the Fiddle Puppet Dancers in an evening of music, dance and comedy at Alden Theatre at 8 Saturday. Tickets are $10, $9 for students and seniors. The Fiddle Puppet Dancers perform for young audiences at 3 Saturday in the same theater, 1234 Ingleside Dr. in McLean. Tickets are $4.50; call 703/790-9223 or 202/432-0200 . . . The Jose Greco Dance Company presents two evenings of Spanish dance and music. Tickets are $12 to $22 for the show at 8 Tuesday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. in Baltimore; call 301/783-8000. And at 8 Thursday, at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville, tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors; call 301/279-5301 . . . Masters of traditional Japanese musical instruments present a free demonstration and class at 4 Tuesday in the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab, and perform 7:30 Wednesday in the Terrace Theater. The Tuesday demo is free; call 202/416-8810. Concert tickets are $16.50; call 202/467-4600.