If you can make it up to the Big Apple, a treat ertainly awaits you at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art.
There, "Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec: Images of the 1890s" entertains the viewer with a survey of the graphics of the artist's last decade. His prostitutes, performers and cafe scenes are there -- warts and all. The exhibition runs through Jan. 26. CLASSICAL MUSIC
The National Symphony will take a day off for Thanksgiving but on Friday will give the American premiere of the complete "Polish Requiem" by Krzysztof Penderecki.
Those who have not heard Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony lately, or who are looking for another treatment of it, can hear Klaus Tennstedt's interpretation with the Philadelphia Orchestra tomorrow night at the Kennedy Center. The program will also include Barber's Adagio for Strings and Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with Alexander Toradze as soloist.
Also coming in from Philadelphia, where she was reviewed last week as "a serious, unpretentious musician who goes about her task with intelligence, care and humor," pianist Lydia Artymiw will give a program of Brahms, Schumann, Debussy and Chopin this evening at the Renwick Gallery.
Two piano trios are in town today: the Aurelian Piano Trio this afternoon at the United Church (20th and G NW) and the Music Group of London this evening at the National Gallery.
Cellist Eric Bartlett will be performing today at the Phillips Collection.
The Friday Morning Music Club's free lunchtime concert, Friday at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, will include music for solo piano as well as piano with clarinet, with violin and with electronic tape. DANCE
Dance fans will be interested in "Uptown . . . It's Hot!," the "fantasy dance musical" conceived, directed and choreographed by Maurice Hines, opening Wednesday night at the Warner Theatre.
The prime modern dance event of the week will be the return of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to the Kennedy Center -- this time at the Opera House -- in the Dance America series. In four performances, Friday through Sunday, the outstanding troupe will present three Washington premieres -- "Roses," "Last Look" and " . . . Byzantium" -- as well as three other Taylor masterworks, "Esplanade," "Diggity" and "Sunset." FILM
The second half of "Shoah," Claude Lanzmann's documentary on the Holocaust, opens today at both screens of the Key Theatre, where it will run simultaneously with the first half. If you see no other movie this year, you must see "Shoah."
Tuesday at the Biograph, "Harvest of Despair," a documentary on Stalin's slaughter of the Ukrainians.
Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program will present Louise Brooks in "Pandora's Box."
Among current releases, Philip Borsos' Capra-esque "One Magic Christmas." POP MUSIC
Weather Report is on hiatus, but saxophonist Wayne Shorter brings his inestimable invention to Blues Alley Tuesday through Sunday.
The provocative prince of contemporary salsa, Rube'n Blades, headlines a power program at the Capital Hilton on Wednesday at Capital Hilton. Also on the bill: Peligro, Cojunto Esmeralda and Machu Pichu.
Chanteuse Karen Akers, whose been making her reputation on Broadway and in such films as "Purple Rose of Cairo" and the upcoming "Heartburn," performs an evening of cabaret at the Barns Friday and Saturday.