Though the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk was last weekend, it's still worthwhile to keep on visiting the seven "off-the-Mall" museums that sprinkle the neighborhood, including the Phillips Collection, Fondo del Sol, the Columbia Historical Society, Anderson House, the Textile Museum, the Woodrow Wilson House and Barney Studio House. There are new shows at each museum during the summer and the intimate settings -- as opposed to the crowded jostle of the Mall museums -- make for easy art appreciation.
The Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival is the most important event on this week's music calendar, with a program of Martinu, Schumann, Hindemith, Debussy and Rachmaninoff Tuesday evening and Ravel, Mozart, Lees and Mendelssohn on Friday.
The Canterbury Cathedral Choir will give a concert this evening at the Washington Cathedral.
Also worth noting: the D.C. Community Orchestra, this afternoon at the Takoma Theater; pianist Thomas Hecht, tonight at the National Gallery; and bass-baritone Ozie Jamison and soprano Costella Hunt tonight at the Casa Italiana.
Sharon Wyrrick and Full Circle perform dances by Wyrrick and Pola Nirenska at Dance Place this evening. Tuesday night there are major ballet openings at both the Kennedy Center Opera House and Wolf Trap's Filene Center. At Kennedy Center, American Ballet Theatre launches a two-week engagement with a program including new stagings of works by Paul Taylor and George Balanchine. At Wolf Trap, the Houston Ballet presents artistic director Ben Stevenson's production of "Sleeping Beauty" for the first two of its three appearances, and a repertory program for the third (ABT's lavish new production of "Sleeping Beauty" won't hit the boards until the second week of that company's visit). At Dance Place Friday through Sunday evenings, Karen and Alvin, the area duo of Karen Bernstein and Alvin Mayes, will share a program with the Jan Taylor Dance Theatre.
Directed by the Danish filmmaker Bille August, "Twist and Shout" begins as a routine, coming-of-age story but then, unexpectedly, turns a corner and becomes something else -- a fresh, delicately observed drama about the snares and entanglements of youth. The film isn't just a John Hughes-style examination of prom-night travails; it has real weight. And the point that it makes -- that the rabbit punches dealt out to kids are just as wearying as they are to adults -- doesn't dampen its spirit. It's a buoyant, moody work -- a chamber piece about teens and teen love.
When Mel Torme' sings, people listen, not just for the words, but for the way he invests them with new or different meanings. At Blues Alley, Tuesday through Sunday.
Two of Washington's hottest guitarists, Danny Gatton and Pete Kennedy, come together in Redneck Jazz. At the Birchmere on Wednesday.
In times of gathering hysteria, Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (at Arena Stage) is always going to seem particularly apt.
A drama about the Salem witch hunts, it was Miller's response to the McCarthyism of the 1950s. McCarthy has long since been discredited, but the play remains as potent as ever.
Staged with incisive force by Zelda Fichandler and vigorously acted by the large Arena cast, this is theater that strikes at the heart, the mind and the conscience and scores a triple bull's-eye.