Marcel Marceau

After an absence of 20 years from Washington, master mime Marcel Marceau returns to the nation's capital on Tuesday for three weeks of shows at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW (Metro: Metro Center). Marceau will perform his classic works "The Public Garden," "Youth, Maturity, Old Age and Death" and "The Seven Deadly Sins" as well as pantomimes featuring "Bip," his working-class hero created more than a half-century ago. Performances this week are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30; the run continues through Feb. 13. All tickets for Tuesday's show are $20; tickets for all other performances cost $30 to $43, with discounts for students and seniors, from ProTix, 703/218-6500 (service charges). For information, call 202/347-4833.

Orchid Sensations

Hundreds of living orchids and orchid artwork created by 16 artists are on display in "The Artistry of Orchids," opening Saturday and running through March 26 in the East Hall of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). Admission is free. The museum is open from 10 to 5:30 daily. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

History's Words

The first journal of the U.S. Senate recording the 1789 electoral count electing George Washington as president, a 1789 draft of the Bill of Rights, the roll call vote for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other "Treasures of Congress" are on exhibit through March 31 in the Rotunda of the National Archives, on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial). The exhibition is open from 10 to 5:30 daily. Admission is free. Call 202/501-5000.

Poe's Birthday Bash

Actor Edgar Allan Poe IV, the great-great-great-grandnephew of the famous writer, will present "POEssessed," a one-act performance featuring several of Poe's stories and poems, at the annual Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Celebration, Friday through Sunday in Baltimore. Also on the program are a blend of music and Poe readings by the Bach Society of Baltimore and actor Tony Tsendeas. The performances, sponsored by the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, are Friday at 8, Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 4:30 at Westminster Hall, at Fayette and Greene streets. After Saturday's show , there is a group procession to the Poe grave on the church grounds. Admission is $20, $17 for ages 18 and younger. Call 410/396-7932.

Oshogbo Visions

Four concrete screens, drawings, paintings, textiles, furniture and other creations are among the works of 11 Nigerian artists on display in "A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960s," opening Sunday at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW (Metro: Smithsonian). The exhibition runs through Oct. 22. The museum is open from 10 to 5:30 daily. Admission is free. Call 202/357-2700 (TDD: 202/357-1729).

Sports Corner

* See continuous electric football, including AFC and NFC wild card tournaments, championship games and a Super Bowl at the sixth annual Electric Football Super Bowl and Convention, Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 9 to 4 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Hotel, 550 C St. SW (Metro: L'Enfant Plaza). The wild card tournament is Saturday from 9 to 2, with conference championships from 3 to 5. The Electric Football Super Bowl takes place Sunday at 11. Admission is free. Call 202/479-4000.

* Supercharged motorcycles roar into Baltimore for the PJ1 National ArenaCross Series, Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at noon at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $18 and $10. The Fast Lap qualifying sessions are from 5 to 6 Saturday. Order from Ticketmaster, 202/432-7328 or 410/481-7328 (service charges); for information, call 410/347-2010.

* Players Mike Mussina, Sydney Ponson, Albert Belle and Mike Bordick and new manager Mike Hargrove are among the Baltimore Orioles who will be at Orioles FanFest 2000, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Activities include fan forums, children's baseball clinics, interactive games, exhibits, autograph and photo sessions, and memorabilia dealers. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and children 14 and younger. Call 410/685-9800.

Celebrating Mozart

Mozart's opera characters are showcased in two opera-musicals/theatrical-collages to mark the master's 244th birthday. "Mozart's Women" launches the celebration on Friday and Saturday at 8, Thursday at 7:30 and Feb. 5 at 8. "Mozart's Men" is performed Jan. 28, Jan. 29 and Feb. 4 at 8. All performances are in the Hand Chapel at George Washington University's Mount Vernon College campus, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW. Tickets for most performances are $25, $23 for seniors and $15 for students and children. The Saturday concert is a benefit for the In Series; those tickets cost $50, $45 for seniors and $25 for students and children. Call 202/625-4655.

Youthful Music

The American Youth Philharmonic and the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association celebrate 35 years of music-making with a concert directed by Leonard Slatkin and Luis Haza, Sunday at 8 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Slatkin conducts Beethoven's "Triple Concerto," and Luis Haza conducts Britten's "Scottish Ballade." The program also includes Clarke's "Prince of Denmark" march and Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," narrated by Slatkin. Tickets are $12.50 to $75. Call 202/467-4600 (TDD: 202/416-8524).

OUR PICKS

Exhibit

The 30-year career of Baltimore multimedia artist Joyce J. Scott is celebrated at the Baltimore Museum of Art with an exhibition opening Sunday that features a retrospective art show; a new, site-specific installation; a performance piece; and a path that meanders through the museum, drawing connections between Scott's work and that of the Old Masters. 410/396-7100.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Dance

Works by two of the area's leading dance makers, Eric Hampton and Alvin Mayes, will be on view at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville this weekend. Hampton's ballets include the playful duet "Two for Two" and the effortlessly beautiful "Nocturne 1," which the choreographer, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, fine-tuned recently. See story on Page 24.

-- Sarah Kaufman