Gloriously successful in the skylit galleries of the Corcoran, Leon Golub's canvases engage the viewer in a shocking, brutal yet seductive way. His subjects -- from Generalissimo Franco to Vietnam soldiers -- reveal their souls under Golub's technique, in which he outlines figures in black and adds layers of color before dissolving the paint and scraping away the surface. CLASSICAL MUSIC

The National Symphony's Beethoven Festival continues at Wolf Trap on Friday and Saturday, under Yoel Levi. He'll conduct the Seventh on Friday and the Fifth on Saturday. Also on Friday there will be Beethoven's music for Goethe's play "Egmont." Soprano Kaaren Erickson will sing, and the narrator will be Werner Klemperer, who was Col. Klink on "Hogan's Heroes" and whose father was the great Beethoven conductor Otto Klemperer.

Also, the 15th University of Maryland Piano Festival and Competition will get off to a good start. The Archduke Trio (a group of three, not Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio) will play Friday night at the Tawes Theater. The event will stretch over next week. DANCE

D.C. Contemporary Dance Theater, a lively, youthful, multiracial troupe featuring modern, jazz and African dance idioms, has garnered a high-power reputation since its establishment a year and a half ago. Its latest program, featuring work by resident choreographer Adrian Bolton, guest choreographers Jason Taylor and Rod Rodgers, and company dancer Katherine Smith, can be seen Saturday and next Sunday evenings at Dance Place. FILM

The Library of Congress kicks off its Blue Collar Thirties series with "Employees' Entrance" on Wednesday at 6:30 and 8:15, and "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang," starring Paul Muni, on Thursday at 5:30 and 7:30. On Saturday at 2 p.m., the W.C. Fields classic "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man."

The AFI continues its Rock, Roll and Culture series with the achingly beautiful "Time Stands Still," a sort of "Hungarian Graffiti." In a double bill Thursday with Taylor Hackford's "The Idolmaker," playing with a personal appearance by Ray Sharkey. Wednesday and Friday, Marlon Brando in "The Wild One."

The Circle Theatre continues its MGM summer festival with a double bill, "A Day at the Races" and "A Night at the Opera."

The National Theatre continues its Monday night free summer cinema with "Long Day's Journey Into Night," with Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson and Jason Robards.

Among current releases: "Back to the Future," Robert Zemeckis' wildly pleasurable sci-fi comedy; and opening Wednesday, Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado," an old-fashioned western that really gets your blood pumping. POP MUSIC

This could be the hottest concert of the summer season at the Carter Barron: salsa stars Tito Puente and Charlie Palmieri headline a show today that includes Mike Marrero, Johnny Rodriguez, Pero Rodriguez, Adelberto Santiago and Macho Uno.

A good week for classy vocalists, with crooner Tony Bennett continuing his rare club date at Blues Alley (Tuesday through Friday), Lou Rawls at Wolf Trap on Tuesday and Betty (Be-Bop) Carter at Fort Dupont Summer Theatre Friday and Saturday.

Some unkind wag has dubbed it the Grecian Formula tour, but Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell aren't really that old. The boys of Philly rekindle rock's teen-idol era at Wolf Trap on Wednesday.

The next Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, performs at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Thursday.

Young Zydeco accordion star Terrence Simien has been in the studio recently with Paul Simon; on Thursday he brings his Mallet Playboys back to Friendship Station; and on Saturday, Austin's Tailgaters bring their insistent blend of cajun, blues and rock to the Wisconsin Avenue club.

Fiddler Vassar Clements has graced hundreds of other people's album and concert performances. On Friday, he headlines at the Birchmere.