Dance Delights

* The works of 11 choreographers are showcased in "It's New to Me," Friday and Saturday at 8 at the Gunston Arts Center's Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. The choreographers featured Friday are Nancy Havlik, Jane Franklin, Alvin Mayes, Carla Perlo, Karen Studd and thompson/trammell. On Saturday, the choreographers featured are Lucy Bowen McCauley, Jane Franklin, Shane O'Hara, Deborah Riley, Meriam Rosen and Doug Yeuell. Tickets each night are $15, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for children 10 and younger (a two-night package is $25 for adults). Call 703/228-6960.

* Local tap companies Step Aside, Taps & Company, TAPestry and Tappers With Attitude present a Tap Dance Festival, Friday at 8, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE (Metro: Brookland/CUA). Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, $5 for ages 17 and younger. Call 202/269-1600.

* Israeli choreographer Inbal Pinto presents "Wrapped: An Evening in Three Parts," a fantasy world of elfin delight, Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. All tickets are $22. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Staged Events

* "Master Harold and the Boys," Athol Fugard's award-winning play about friendship and family, continues through Feb. 13 at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. The matinee on Saturday at 2 is a "pay-what-you-can" performance for adults, and is free to students ages 17 and younger, who can meet lead actor Steven Eskay after the show (the show is not recommended for ages under 12). Tickets go on sale at the box office two hours before the show. Other performances this week are on Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, and Wednesday and Thursday at 8; regular prices are $19.50 to $38.50 ($5 discounts for seniors and students, except on Saturday evenings). Call 202/332-3300 (TDD: 202/667-8436).

* Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company offers two "pay-what-you-can" previews of "Stop Kiss," Diana Son's comedy about a commitment-phobic New York radio announcer, on Monday and Tuesday at 8. Tickets go on sale at the box office, at 1401 Church St. NW, each night at 6:30. Performances continue through Feb. 13 most Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2 and 7; those tickets cost $16 to $29. For information, call 202/393-3939; to order, call ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges).

* Signature Theatre presents the award-winning musical "Floyd Collins," the story of a dreamer whose goal of turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction backfires, through Feb. 13. This week's schedule is Friday and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 and 7, and Wednesday and Thursday at 8. The theater is at 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. Tickets are $30 from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges).

Family Fun Days

* Explore the 19th century through games and crafts for children at the Winter Pastimes Afternoon, Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville (Metro: Rockville). Admission is $3, $2 for seniors and students, free for ages 5 and younger. Reservations are not needed. Call 301/762-1492.

* Enjoy hot chocolate, short stories from the 19th century and tours of Decatur House, Sunday from 1 to 4 during Family Day at the historic property, 748 Jackson Pl. NW (Metro: Farragut West, Farragut North and McPherson Square). The storytelling takes place at 1:15 and 2:15. Admission is free for children and accompanying adults. Reservations are suggested; call 202/842-0918.

Washington Antiques ShowSee the collections of 45 premier antiques dealers at the 45th annual Washington Antiques Show, Friday and Saturday from 11 to 8:30 and Sunday from 10 to 4 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW (Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo). Admission is $12 (with catalogue, $15). Call 202/965-0640.

OUR PICKS

Exhibit

It's fitting that the Ellen Lanyon retrospective at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (202/783-5000) is split in two (one part on the mezzanine and another in the upstairs Arkansas Gallery) since the contemporary painter and printmaker's work deals with dualities: art vs. artlessness, magic vs. science, man vs. beast. This Chicago-bred nature girl's work makes a plea for conservation but also celebrates the glories of the man-made object with a vitrine full of flea-market bric-a-brac she has collected.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Nightlife

Back in 1991, Lloyd Cole released one of my favorite records of the time, "Don't Get Weird On Me, Babe." While this Brit's work in the '80s with his band the Commotions doesn't age that well, his work early in the '90s seems timeless. I haven't kept up on his recent output, but Cole--one of the smartest and catchiest songwriters I've heard--will surely play plenty of good stuff Friday at the Birchmere (703/549-7500).

-- Eric Brace

Film

If the movie ultimately falls short of novelist Graham Greene's hallelujah finale, Neil Jordan's "The End of the Affair" certainly has its compelling moments, thanks to great chemistry between performers Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore. See review on Page 36.

-- Desson Howe

REST OF THE BEST

Eaton on Stage

Singer/pianist John Eaton performs works by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser and Stephen Sondheim, Sunday at 3 at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Tickets are $20. For information, call 703/790-9223; order tickets from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges).

Arlington's Own Circus

Circus Millennia, Arlington's first and only professional circus troupe, presents "The Mysterious Staircase," an all-human evening of trapeze acts, juggling, acrobatics, giant puppets and music, through Jan. 15 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. in Arlington. Performances are on Friday and Jan. 14 at 7:30 and 9, and Saturday and Jan. 15 at 8 and 9:30. Tickets cost $9, $5 for seniors, students and children. Call 703/683-5040.

New Year in Vienna

The National Gallery Orchestra celebrates the new year with a free "Music of Vienna" concert Sunday at 7 in the West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art's West Building, Sixth and Constitution NW. No tickets are required. Call 202/842-6941.

All That Jazz

Billy Taylor and his trio are joined by flutist Ali Ryerson in a concert and discussion of how great jazz is created, Monday at 7:30 in the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. Tickets are $15. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

Three Kings Day

Singers Maria Isolina & Jorge Anaya, the Los Quetzalitos children's folk dance troupe,

dancer Sara Candela, and the young performers of the Spanish Dance Society will entertain Sunday at 2 at GALA Hispanic Theatre's Three Kings Day celebration, a free bilingual event for families. GALA is at 1625 Park Rd. NW (Metro: Columbia Heights). Call 202/234-7174.