The Washington Post critics choose their favorite shows of the week. Dance
New York's Dance Theatre of Harlem gives the final performances of its current run at the Kennedy Center Opera House this afternoon and this evening, repeating both programs of the past week, with two Washington premieres on each. Tonight also is the final performance by Full Circle at Dance Place, featuring new and recent work by gifted director-choreographer Sharon Wyrrick. Starting Friday, the Virginia Ballet Company, a fine pre-professional troupe, presents three performances of its full production of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty," with choreography by company codirector Tania Rousseau. Film
The Hungarian film "Time Stands Still," new at the Inner Circle, and the rousing Australian Western "The Man from Snowy River," new at area theaters, plus continuing engagements of "The Night of the Shooting Stars" at the K-B Janus, "The Year of Living Dangerously" at area theaters, "Smash Palace" and "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" at the Circle MacArthur and "Women Make Movies: III," the international festival of women's films at the American Film Institute Theater. Theater
You can do no better than the warm and loving revival of "You Can't Take It With You," George S. Kaufman's and Moss Hart's 1936 comedy about a houseful of zanies doing their own thing in defiance of convention and the Internal Revenue Service. The cast, headed by Elizabeth Wilson and Jason Robards, is perfect down to the walkons, and Ellis Robb's direction makes the familiar shenanigans seem new all over again.At the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Art
"Painting in Naples From Caravaggio to Giordano," a glorious, often ghastly show of sacred Italian art. To see it, is to tremble. At the National Gallery of Art.
"Hollywood Portrait Photographs," an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, offers the chance to gaze at the fabulous faces of filmdom. Music
Mstislav Rostropovich will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's 14th Symphony this week, with soprano Galina Vishnevskaya and bass Stafford Dean. It could be the best thing the NSO will do this season.
Tenor Placido Domingo will give a benefit recital for renovation of the Kennedy Center Opera House tomorrow night in the unrenovated Opera House.
Other interesting vocal music during the week will include: Rossini's "Petite Messe Solenelle," this afternoon at Howard University, with Mattiwilda Dobbs among the soloists; Purcell's "Ode on St. Cecilia's Day" and Schubert's Mass in E flat this afternoon in the Cathedral Choral Society performance at the Washington Cathedral. Pop
Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Canada's sisters of merci, make a rare concert appearance at the Wax Museum tonight. Besides crafting some of the finest pop songs of the last decade, they sing like angels who've been around the block at least once. With Washington's Celtic Thunder stoking the openings fire, it's a must-hear.
Laurie Anderson, the mercurial performance artist, takes on the United States two nights in a row at the Warner. "Unites States I-IV" is her seven-hour, multi-mixed-media exploration of life in thes here you-know-whats, and whether Anderson sings, talks, mimes, plays (instruments or herself) or recites her wry and world-wise observations, it's brave new music rooted in a fervent imagination. Parts I and II unveil on Wednesday, III and IV on Thursday. You won't believe you saw the whole thing.
Chapter 2, Guitar Picker Heaven: On Tuesday, Takoma Park's pride and joy, John Fahey, opens for Jesse Winchester at the Bayou; on Thursday, disciple Leo Kottke (who grew up in suburban Virginia), headlines at the Bayou; and on Friday and Saturday, flat-picker supreme and string wiz Norman Blake is at the Birchmere. It's enough to make one come unstrung.
Chicago's Koko Taylor is a rarity, a raucous woman singing the blues as hard as her mentor, Willie Dixon. The minute she opens her gravelly throat on Saturday night, the Wax Museum will undoubtedly become enveloped in clouds of Chicago smoke.