The Maryland Youth Ballet repeats its program featuring recent Prix de Lausanne winner Julie Cox this afternoon, at the auditorium of the University of the District of Columbia. Improvisations Unlimited offers premieres by guest artist Kei Takei and troupe director Meriam Rosen in its program at the University of Maryland's Studio Theater EE, Wednesday through Saturday. The National Dance Company of Senegal makes an appearance Friday evening at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


Among current releases, Woody Allen's masterpiece, "Hannah and Her Sisters."

Beginning Feb. 28 and running through April 24, "The 14th AFI Life Achievement Award Retrospective of Billy Wilder" will include classics such as "Hold Back the Dawn," "Ball of Fire," "Midnight," "Double Indemnity," "Ninotchka" and many others.


Every time they come, they should be seen and heard: New Orleans' masters of the funky rhythms and the soulful song, the Neville Brothers, who will be at the Bayou tonight.

The brilliant Brazilian ethno/jazz guitarist Egberto Gismonti is at Blues Alley on Monday.

The spirit of John Coltrane will undoubtedly be felt at Blues Alley the rest of the week, as McCoy Tyner, Trane's favorite pianist, teams up with Andrew White, the foremost scholar and dedicated interpreter of that saxophonist's legacy. Tuesday through Sunday.

They are the blues: Millie Jackson, who'll probably have a ribald tale or two to tell, joins Bobby (Blue) Bland, Billy Paul, Tyrone Davis and Latimore for some down-home soul workouts at the Washington Convention Center on Friday.

Ireland's irrepressible and irreverent Pogues, the leading figures in what had come tobe termed the "rogue folk" movement, bring their jolly Clash-go-acoustic spirits to the 9:30 club on Saturday.


Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" (at Center Stage in Baltimore) is a disturbing account of the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City. This production, beautifully acted and directed, goes a long way toward humanizing a shrill and abrasive play, however. And there's no denying the urgency of the subject. Amid all our escapist entertainments, here is theater very much by, of and for the moment.