Ralston Crawford's hard-edged paintings are on view at the Phillips Collection, for a traveling retrospective of his work. A Precisionist, Crawford painted the monuments of America -- the oil tanks and factories -- as emblems of a brave, and extremely clean, new world. Some of his photographs are on display, as well, and make the show worth seeing. Through May 25. CLASSICAL MUSIC
Tomorrow night's program in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall will mark the end of an era: the last Philadelphia Orchestra concert in its own Washington subscription series that stretches back nearly to the beginning of the 20th century. Riccardo Muti will conduct.
Other visiting orchestras this week will include the Dresden Chamber Orchestra, Tuesday night in the Terrace Theater; the Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra, Tuesday night at the Dumbarton Methodist Church, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Wednesday night in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
The 16th Inter-American Music Festival will open Friday night at the Organization of American States, with the New Music Consort. The second program, Saturday night, will feature North-South Consonance.
Today's musical highlights: Violinist Daniel Phillips in the Terrace Theater; Violinist Victoria Noyes at the Phillips Collection; the Virginia Chamber Orchestra at the Wolf Trap Barns (repeating Monday); Wondrous Machine at St. Alban's Church (repeating Monday); the Catholic University Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; the Alexandria Choral Society, performing Copland's "In the Beginning" and Durufle''s Requiem in the National Presbyterian Church; the University of Maryland Chorus, at the University of Maryland.
"The Whirl of Life," the final free film and lecture program in the "Footroots" series, , takes place this afternoon at the AFI Theater. Leading contemporary choreographer Kei Takei, currently in residence at U-Md. College Park, will be represented in two programs this week: "Wheat Field," Wednesday, in a free, outdoor performance by her troupe, Moving Earth, and UMCP students, on campus; Moving Earth will perform excerpts from her epic "Light" in chamber concerts Thursday and Friday in UMCP's Studio Theater EE (extremely limited seating). The Contemporary Dancers of Alexandria (CODA) perform at the Lee Center Friday and Saturday evenings. Dancefest '86 will offer performances, choreographers' showcases, workshops, films and classes Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. The gala 15th anniversary benefit performance for the Maryland Youth Ballet, Saturday evening at the University of the District of Columbia Auditorium, will feature Prix de Lausanne winner Julie Cox and guest artists Cheryl Yeager, Peter Fonseca, Susan Jaffe, Cynthia Harvey, Ross Stretton and Robert La Fosse. FILM
The American Satire Series continues Thursday at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater with "Real Life" from Albert Brooks, a parody of documentary filmmaking from perhaps the funniest man in America. Preceded by Paul Bartel's rarely seen short, "The Secret Cinema."
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Film Institute, the films of meticulous animator Sally Cruikshank.
And beginning Wednesday at the Biograph, more animation: The 19th International Tournee of Animation.
Among current releases, Donna Deitch's old-fashioned romance, "Desert Hearts"; Oliver Stone's energetic "Salvador." POP MUSIC
From acorns grow big festivals: The annual Washington Folk Festival, to be held May 31 and June 1 at Glen Echo, has a fundraiser at the Birchmere on Wednesday, with a sampler concert that includes Helen Schneyer, the Boarding Party and the Fabrangen Fiddlers.
With guitarist Stanley Jordan, seeing and hearing are equal to believing. His unusual, self-developed technique is closer to keyboard playing and the results are astonishing. And the kid is young. At Blues Alley Thursday through Sunday.
Tony Bennett plays a familiar room, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (he's also a founding member of the culture center) Thursday through Saturday.
Washington's neopsychabilly revivalists, the Slickee Boys, bring their infectious rock 'n' roll energies to the 9:30 club Friday and Saturday, in the process celebrating 10 splendid years of club bopping. THEATER
"The Miser," Moliere's classic comedy about avarice and the havoc it works, is given an imaginative and lively staging at the Shakespeare Theater at the Folger. "Johnny Bull" (at Horizons Theatre) has its structural problems, but they are largely redeemed by the honesty with which playwright Kathleen Betsko recounts the story of a young Englishwoman adapting to life in a Pennsylvania coal mining town.