The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, brilliantly polished in its last Washington appearances, is offering a world premiere -- of director Milton Myers' "Bachianas" -- this time on its Friday, Sunday and Tuesday programs, and four Washington premieres -- by Myers and Gray Veredon -- on its Saturday and Monday evening programs . . . The Erick Hawkins Dance Company brings us the area premiere of "Heyoka," to a commissioned score by Ross Lee Finney, along with the recent, splendid "Agathlon" and "Plains Daybreak."


At Georgetown University tonight, the unprissy Miss Chrissie and the Pretenders should prove once again that their pop panache is more than a distaff alternative to mindless metal-man rock . . . part of an intelligent reaction that includes Rickie Lee Jones, Lene Lovich and Rachel Sweet.

Rick James and his repertoire encompassing unadulterated funk, lush ballads, and a dozen variations in between, Motown's hottest discovery since Stevie Wonder, James controls his own career, writing, singing and producing his own records; he even has time for a protege. Teena Marie, the most successful white soul singer today, will be on the bill with James at the Capital Centre on Friday, along with Carl Carlton, whose "She's a Bad Mama Jama" holds down the number one black singles spot . . . Don Cherry, who has extensively explored the music of many nations without abandoning his position as an eclectic and warming force in modern jazz, will spend most of this week conjuring a group empathy from the D.C. Workshop Orchestra; on Saturday, they'll perform at the Pension Building with additional guest soloists Julius Hemphill and Nana Vasconcelos.


Tenor Robert White, accompanied by pianist Samuel Sanders, performs the music of Schubert, Bartok, Faure, Debussy and Irish songs.


"The French Lieutenant's Woman" -- Karel Reisz's movie version of the John Fowles novel about a scandalous love affair between Victorian misfits, Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, who meet in 1867 in a small village on the seacoast. The period story is contrasted in Harold Pinter's script with a modern love story about the actors cast as the Victorian lovers.

"Prince of the City" -- Sidney Lumet's movie version of the Robert Daley book about the ordeal of a conscience-stricken New York City police detective who agrees to become an undercover informant in a corruption investigation. With Treat Williams as the tormented cop.