The Washington Post critics choose their favorite shows of the week. CLASSICAL

MUSIC Mozart's "The Magic Flute" will be presented by the Wolf Trap Opera Company, beginning Thursday evening in the Filene Center, with the widely acclaimed sets and costumes designed by Maurice Sendak. The young singers of the company will be joined by Metropolitan Opera veteran Jerome Hines in the role of Sarastro.

Also at Wolf Trap, James Galway will be performing tonight with Henry Mancini conducting the Filene Center Orchestra and providing some of the music.

The Ad Hoc Trio will perform music of Mozart and Beethoven Tuesday night at the Washington Cathedral. FILM

Friday and Saturday at the American Film Institute, Preston Sturges' impeccable comedy "The Lady Eve," starring Barbara Stanwyck as a vamp and Henry Fonda as her mark.

Tonight and tomorrow at the Circle Theater, "Dinner at Eight" in a double bill with "Grand Hotel."

Wednesday and Thursday at the Sidwell Cinema, the Taviani brothers' highly acclaimed "Night of the Shooting Stars."

The Robards festival continues at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater with "Long Day's Journey Into Night," Monday and Tuesday, followed by "A Moon for the Misbegotten," a video projection of the TV production directed by Jose Quintero.

Among current releases, "The Ballad of Narayama," through Thursday at the Biograph, "Back to the Future," "Prizzi's Honor," "Silverado." POP MUSIC

Monday: Bruce Springsteen at RFK Stadium (total sellout in moments, if you recall); Tina Turner at the Capital Centre; Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Merriweather Post Pavilion (they're also there on Tuesday). For the faint of heart, there's Nina Hagen and Trouble Funk at the Warner, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers at Club Saba and Simon Townshend's Moving Targets (his brother is Pete) at the Bayou. Makes you feel like taking the rest of the week off.

One of the most distinctive rock guitarists of the decade, Mark Knopfler, leads Dire Straits at the Pavilion on Wednesday.

Tina Turner's sudden success "after all those years" tended to overshadow the similar rocketlike ascendance last year of the Pointer Sisters. Having exhausted their last album of hit singles, they come to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (Friday through Sunday) hot on the heels of a new package of irresistible hits.