The new Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and National Museum of African Art should be welcomed to Washington with a visit this week. The below-ground museums are full of fine art.
Also worth a look: "Berthe Morisot -- Impressionist," at the National Gallery. The light, airy pictures from this talented woman artist give the eye rest, respite and gentle beauty. CLASSICAL MUSIC Visitors from England take the spotlight this week in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andre' Previn on Wednesday evening, and the King's Singers as guest artists with the National Symphony on Thursday and Friday.
The Juilliard String Quartet, Friday at the Library of Congress; the Guarneri Quartet, Wednesday in the Terrace Theater; and the Sequentia early music ensemble, tonight at the University of Maryland, highlight the week's chamber music.
Choral music of the week: the Howard University Chorale, Tuesday night, and the Talladega College Choir, Friday night -- both in the Terrace Theater.
DANCE Kei Takei's Moving Earth troupe continues its round of performances in the opening salvo of the Dance Place's "Japan-America Dance Project"; the company presents full programs at Dance Place tonight, Saturday and Sunday, as well as free outdoor, evening performances Thursday (at the Washington Monument and Washington Harbor) and Friday (at the Washington Monument).
The Houston Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House this week to open the center's ballet series with a mixed repertory bill Tuesday through Thursday, and four performances of Ronald Hynd's full-length "Rosalinda" starting Friday, marking the work's Washington premiere.
After a two-year hiatus, the Evening of Exchange series initiated by Washington dancer-choreographer Liz Lerman resumes Thursday and Friday evenings at Mount Vernon College. FILM Now a No. 1 box office hit, "Fatal Attraction" is guaranteed to give men the willies as it tells the tale of one woman's obsessive revenge on a one-night-stand man, Michael Douglas.
For a more elegant and slow-paced entertainment, "Maurice," the newest movie from Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, is a story of one man's discovery and struggle with his homosexuality in a staid England of the early 20th century. POP MUSIC Washington music celebrates itself Monday as the third annual Wammies show takes over Lisner Auditorium.
Reunions official and unofficial: Lynyrd Skynyrd, which hasn't been together for 10 years, does just that at the Capital Centre Tuesday, while Def Leppard, which hasn't toured in four years, is at the Baltimore Civic Center Thursday. And Fleetwood Mac, without Lindsey Buckingham, stops at the Capital Centre Thursday.
THEATER With the untimely death last month of Bob Fosse, musical theater was deprived of one of its most distinctive talents. You can see how distinctive in the revival of "Sweet Charity" (at the National), the 1966 Broadway musical about a taxi dancer and her search for a man who won't use her as a doormat.