Two shows worth seeing are closing at the Corcoran this week. Today is the last day to see "Women at Work: Sculpture From the Corcoran Collection, 1897-1947," 40 small-scale works in bronze, marble, wood and terra cotta for the museum's permanent collection. And the museum's Wyeth show, "An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art," is closing next Sunday. (The only Wyeth left in town is Andrew and his Helgas at the National Gallery through September.)
The National Symphony Orchestra returns to Wolf Trap this week for three concerts. On Thursday, Hugh Wolff will conduct a program of music by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein related to the story of Romeo and Juliet. On Friday, Richard Hayman will be the conductor in a program of music about outer space, including Holst's "The Planets" as well as sound track music from "2001," "Star Trek IV" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." On Friday, Wolff will return to conclude the NSO's Wolf Trap season with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
The German chorus Singkreis 1868 (founded in Wehbach in 1868) will perform Tuesday night at Washington Cathedral.
Artist-in-residence Deborah Riley and a bevy of guest choreographers and performers from New York, Baltimore and Washington -- including Beth Davis, Amy Chavasse-Dupree, Sondra Loring, Nancy Nasworthy and Kathy Wildberger -- are featured in tonight's program at Dance Place.
Emily Lloyd, the star of David Leland's "Wish You Were Here," is so fresh that she seems newly hatched -- she's almost downy. This is her first movie role -- she was just 16 when the film was made -- but she's so sassy and unaffected that you'd think she's been acting for years. She has an instinctual vivacity on screen, a natural glow, which is just the right quality for Lynda, a precocious nonconformist trapped in a dim English coastal village. Set in 1951, the movie is about a young girl who uses sex to shock, and how these shocks, liberally administered, keep her spirit alive. And Leland, who wrote the screenplays to "Mona Lisa" and "Personal Services" and is working as director for the first time here, knows how to draw the comedy, as well as the sexual tension, out of Lynda's character. It's an auspicious debut for him, as well -- a handsome, ribald, sexy movie.
Native daughter Emmylou Harris, solo, not trio is at Wolf Trap tomorrow.
Guitar 101 convenes this week with blues master B.B. King at the Carter Barron tonight; underrated Scottish rocker Gary Moore will be at the Bayou, also tonight; acoustic jazzman Ralph Towner joins vibist Gary Burton at Blues Alley tomorrow; the elegant British folk-rocker John Renbourn with his group is at the Birchmere on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday by pastoral primer John Fahey; and, finally, blues-powered expansionist Duke Robillard performs at the Roxy on Friday and Texan Mason Ruffner is at the 9:30 club on Saturday.
If you've seen "La Bamba," you've heard Los Lobos, the great California rock band for whom Tex-Mex rock is but a single strand in a rich tapestry of music. At Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday.
Suburban head bangers find happiness at the Capital Centre next weekend when Mo tley Cru e and Whitesnake rattle the roof.
Auspicious beginnings: Potomac Theatre Project has dared to begin its artistic life in Washington with a repertory double bill of (gasp!) political theater at Castle Arts Center. Ranging over seven decades and nearly as many countries, Howard Barker's vivid "No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming" asks hard questions about the responsibility of a political cartoonist under any kind of political regime. The troupe has vigorously and effectively revived "Trial of the Catonsville Nine," Daniel Berrigan's adaptation of his group's 1968 civil disobedience trial, and it is sure to start a lively discussion in the car on the way home.