ART

Before it leaves toward the end of July, "Italian Master Drawings from the British Collection," an exhibition of 61 works from the Renaissance to the rococo, from Leonardo to Raphael, is worth a second or a third visit. It's a best-of-the-best selection. CLASSICAL MUSIC

The University of Maryland Piano Festival and the William Kapell Competition will reach a climax Saturday night in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The three finalists will each perform a piano concerto as the last round of the competition, with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting the National Symphony Orchestra. In the week leading up to this event, the competition will continue through its semifinal rounds and the festival will proceed with a busy series of lectures, master classes and recitals by some of the world's leading pianists.

Performers of public recitals, all in the Tawes Theater on the College Park campus, will be Shura Cherkassky tonight, Ivan Moravec Monday, Youri Egorov Tuesday, John Browning Wednesday, Nikita Magaloff Thursday and Paul Badura-Skoda Friday.

The Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, performing "A Salute to the Music of Richard Rodgers," will be the next attraction at the Round House Theater in Silver Spring for two weekends beginning next Saturday night.

The Boston Pops Orchestra will perform at Wolf Trap Tuesday.

Other highlights of the week include guitarist William Feasley, tonight at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, and the Bel Canto Singers, Tuesday night at the Washington Cathedral; the D.C. Youth Orchestra, Friday night at Calvin Coolidge High School. DANCE

"Tango Argentino" continues its run at the Kennedy Center Opera House today and Tuesday through Saturday.

Area choreographers Michelle Ava and David Appel share a program at Dance Place tonight, featuring their latest solo and group works. FILM

Starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann, "Withnail and I" is a cuttingly smart comedy about two youngish actors in London in 1969. This is filmmaker Bruce Robinson's directorial debut -- his screenplay for "The Killing Fields" was previously nominated for an Academy Award -- and it's a remarkably accomplished first outing for him. The performances, particularly those by the leads, Richard Grant as the brilliant, mercurial, cowardly Withnail, and Paul McGann, as "I," are shrewdly funny and filled with unresolved emotions. And as Withnail's piggy, rich Uncle Monty, Richard Griffiths, is terrific, too -- truly revolting and truly touching. POP MUSIC

The word on modern funk comes from Cameo, who are at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday; the old-fashioned word comes from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, who's at Wolf Trap on Saturday.

Washington treasure Shirley Horn, who has just signed up with Verve 25 years after Quincy Jones produced her for that label, brings her distinctive vocals and piano to Baird Auditorium on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Betty (Bebop) Carter, one of the most inventive and determined jazz singers alive, comes to Fort Dupont Friday and Saturday for a pair of free shows.

Andy Summers has turned in his Police badge, but not his guitar picks: He's at the 9:30 on Saturday. THEATER

For a hot summer month, there's plenty for theatergoers to pick from: the super-spectacular musical "Cats" at the National Theatre (if you can get tickets); "Savage in Limbo" performed by Woolly Mammoth at the Washington Project for the Arts (if you're looking for an offbeat comedy about a bunch of Bronx misfits trying to move their lives off dead center); or "Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare" at Olney Theatre (if you want to see how one of the best British actors of his generation deals with the Bard.