Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is remembered with these events:
* King's birthday is celebrated with speeches, music and a replaying of the civil rights leader's "I Have a Dream" speech, Friday at 11 at the Lincoln Memorial. Free. Call 202/619-7222.
* The National Museum of American History presents the stories of two women who took part in the civil rights marches in Mississippi in "Of Songs, Peace and Struggle: Children Who Joined the Struggle for Civil Rights," Saturday from 1 to 4 in the museum's Carmichael Auditorium. Admission is free. The museum is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle). Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).
* The Sounds of Blackness vocal ensemble presents two "Tribute to Martin" concerts, Sunday at 3 and 7:30 at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW (Metro: Metro Center, Federal Triangle). Tickets are $15 to $45 from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges); for information, call 202/783-4000.
* Videotapes of moments from the civil rights movement will be shown to commemorate the birthday of King, Monday from 9 to 4 at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. Call 202/426-5961.
Political TragedyAndrew Long stars in the title role in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," about a great warrior who goes from reluctant politician to enemy of the state, opening Tuesday at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW (Metro: Metro Gallery Place/Chinatown, Archives/Navy Memorial). Michael Kahn directs. This week's shows are on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 and Thursday at 8; the run continues through March 12. Tickets are $14 to $58, with discounts for students and seniors. Call 202/547-1122 (TDD: 202/638-3863).
Folk Music Benefit
More than 45 folk artists from around the country will perform at the 15th annual World Folk Music Association Benefit, Friday through Sunday at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Performers scheduled Friday at 7:30 include Terri Allard, Oscar Brand, Dee Carstensen, Bill Danoff, Terry Gonda, David Mallett, Lena & Sanford Markley, Schooner Fare and John Stewart. On Saturday at 6, performers include Mack Bailey, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Red Grammer, Carolyn Hester, Susan Werner, Side by Side, Jack Williams, the Limeliters and Herdman, Hills & Mangsen. On Sunday at 6, the lineup features Nina Gerber, Mollie O'Brien, Robin Batteau, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Jack Hardy, Crow Johnson and Odetta, who will be celebrating the 50th year of her singing career. Tickets are $30 and $45. For tickets, call 703/237-9500; for information, call 202/362-2225.
Nothing but Sax
The 23rd International Saxophone Symposium offers two free concerts and a day of recitals and clinics this weekend. The symposium opens Friday at 8 with a free concert by the U.S. Navy Band and alto saxophone soloists Claude Delangle and William H. Street. On Saturday, the free clinics and recitals are held from 9 to 5, followed at 8 by a concert with the Navy Band's Commodores jazz ensemble and recording artist Walt Weiskopf. It all takes place at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the George Mason University campus, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Call 202/433-6090.
The Folger Consort, the 20th Century Consort, the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and guest soloists and musicians perform "Hail, Millennium!," featuring early and new music related across the centuries by common title or texts, Friday and Saturday at 8 at Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. WETA's Robert Aubry Davis hosts a pre-concert discussion Friday at 6. Tickets are $12 to $38. Call 202/544-7077.
A Blues Benefit
Eleanor Ellis, Mike Baytop, Resa Gibbs, Richard ("Mr. Bones") Thomas and others will perform at a benefit concert Saturday at 8 in honor of the late blues legend Archie Edwards. The concert is at the Washington Ethical Society auditorium, 7750 16th St. NW. Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. Call 202/546-2228.
Fresh work by three award-winning artists under 35 is on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the 1999 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts/Fellowship in the Visual Arts Exhibition. See review on Page 54.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
After making a name for himself as a kingpin of lo-fi rock, on recent releases Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard has been drifting, probably unwillingly, toward a more radio-friendly sound. And now that GBV has joined with producer Ric Ocasek on the recent "Do the Collapse," Pollard is finally, as he once lamented in song, "produced." But heard live, GBV has always been "produced," and part of the fun of its live show is hearing basement-recorded masterpieces like "Bee Thousand" and "Vampire on Titus" performed as big, blaring arena rock. Catch GBV at the 9:30 club (815 V St. NW; 202/393-0930) Friday.
-- Joyce Jones
Winona Ryder stars in the affecting drama "Girl, Interrupted," based on author Susanna Kaysen's memoir of her nearly two-year stay in a Massachusetts mental hospital. See review on Page 35.
-- Michael O'Sullivan
REST OF THE BEST
Riders in the Sky
The singing cowboys of Riders in the Sky perform Saturday at 8 at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean (a family matinee is sold out). Tickets cost $25. Order from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 (service charges); for information, call 703/790-9223.
Concert at Gallery
Cellist Ulrich Schmid and pianist Annlynn Miller perform works by Schumann, Schnittke and Beethoven, Sunday at 7 at the free weekly concert in the West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art's West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square). Call 202/842-6941.
The Tamburitzans from Duquesne University present an evening of music, songs and dances from Eastern Europe, Sunday at 2 at the Parilla Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College, 51 Manakee St., Rockville. Tickets are $24 and $34. Call 301/279-5301.#
Peter Osyf and Genalle Passanante are featured in a Russian scene in the Tamburitzans show.
Lakota storyteller Dovie Thomason tells stories for adults about humans and animals in "The Spirit Survives: Lakota Legends," Saturday at 8 at the Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. Tickets are $12, $9 for students and seniors. Call 301/891-1129.