Filled with voices of frustration and anger, pictures of American citizens imprisoned for years with no trial or evidence of disloyalty, interactive videos with "internees," and tales of those who tried to fight through civil disobedience, protest and the courts, "A More Perfect Union" tells what happened to 120,000 West Coast Americans of Japanese ancestry and their immigrant parents who were incarcerated during World War II. Now a permanent exhibit at the National Museum of American History, it may be the most sobering and intriguing -- and certainly the most controversial -- event to come out of the Constitution's anniversary.


Gunther Herbig will be the guest conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra this week.

Other orchestras performing here this week will include the Moscow Virtuosi, today in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; the National Gallery Orchestra, tonight in the East Garden Court; the Central Philharmonic of China, tomorrow night in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; the Academy of Ancient Music, Friday night in the Concert Hall; the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Saturday night at the National Academy of Sciences; the Fairfax Symphony, with pianist Nelita True, Saturday night at Fairfax High School; the Montgomery Chamber Orchestra, Saturday night at the National Bureau of Standards; the Alexandria Symphony, Saturday night at T.C. Williams High School; and the American University Symphony, Saturday night in the Kay Spiritual Life Center.

Pianists of the week will include Alexander Toradze, tonight at the University of Maryland; duo pianists Barbara and Gerhardt Suhrstedt, today at the Lyceum in Alexandria; Julia Bees, today at the Phillips Collection; and Andrzej Wasowski, Wednesday night in the Terrace Theater.

Musical alumni of the Fulbright program for overseas study will give a concert Friday night in the Terrace Theater marking the 40th anniversary of the program. Other chamber music of the week will include: the Theater Chamber Players, opening their season Saturday night and next Sunday afternoon in the Terrace Theater; the Folger Consort, opening its season Saturday, next Sunday and next Monday at the Folger Shakespeare Library; the Juilliard Quartet, Thursday and Friday at the Library of Congress; the Cleveland Quartet, beginning a Beethoven cycle Friday night at the Corcoran Gallery and Saturday night at the University of Maryland; violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Rita Sloan, Tuesday night in the Terrace Theater; the Manchester String Quartet, tonight at Strathmore Hall; the Euterpe Chamber Players tonight at the Reston Community Center; Spanish guitarist Jose Luis Rodriguez, Wednesday night at the OAS; the Jefferson Quartet, Thursday noon at the Western Presbyterian Church; the Friday Morning Music Club, noon Friday at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church; and the American Chamber Orchestra Trio, Saturday afternoon at Anderson House.

A recital by Leontyne Price, Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center, will highlight the week's vocal music. Other events: the National Lyric Opera, this afternoon in the Baird Auditorium; mezzo-soprano Ute Jahr, Tuesday night at Mount Vernon College; and soprano Cathryn Frazier-Neely, Friday evening at the Levine School.


The Houston Ballet ends its visit to the Kennedy Center Opera House this afternoon with a final performance of Ronald Hynd's full-length "Rosalinda," set to the music of Strauss.

Kei Takei's Moving Earth troupe concludes the first leg of the Dance Place "Japan-America Dance Project" with a last program of excerpts from Takei's mesmerizing epic "Light," tonight.

At the Terrace Theater Monday evening, the Kennedy Center presents "A Celebration of Dance," showcasing six Washington-based troupes.

The peerless New York City Ballet returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House Wednesday night after a two-year absence, with two weeks of programs featuring ballets by George Balanchine, Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins.

The Washington Ballet opens its 1987-88 season with four performances at Lisner Auditorium starting Thursday evening, in a program of works by Balanchine, Choo San Goh and Paul Taylor.

And the "Japan-America Dance Project" continues at Dance Place, Thursday through Sunday evenings, with the Washington debut of the "Bessie"-award winning New York-based troupe, Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks.


Rob Reiner directs "The Princess Bride," an enchanting fractured fairy tale that casts a spell with its sense of fun and high adventure. Two-time Oscar winner William Goldman adapts the screenplay from his own best-selling novel, which he wrote for his daughters. One loved princesses and the other loved brides. This comic tale of true love and adventure is actually a story within a story about a little boy, bedridden with the flu, who is less than thrilled when his grandfather arrives to read aloud from a book called "The Princess Bride." But the boy is soon enchanted as the characters come to life in a magical landscape of the mind. Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane are among the movie's fine eclectic cast of enjoyable characters.


Nona Hendryx of LaBelle went into a harder, more experimental and rock-oriented direction than her old band mate Patti La Belle: she's at the 9:30 on Tuesday.

Gory-teller Clive Barker ("The Books of Blood" and the new film "Hellraiser") will hang out at the 9:30 club on Wednesday and probably watch the hell-raisin' performance by L.A.'s Thelonious Monster, a band that tries to live up to its name and its reputation.

Once upon a time, the music at d.c. space took place in the the loft above the restaurant. On Wednesday, some of the folks who were there when -- including Tiny Desk Unit's Bob Boilen and performance artist Rogelio Maxwell -- reopen the loft.

Eddie Murphy. A man and his mouth. At the Capital Centre on Thursday and at the Washington Convention Center on Friday.

Jean Ritchie is to the Appalachian dulcimer what Doc Watson is to flat-pick guitar. Both are also steeped in the lore and song of the south. She's at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church on Friday.


Life in a black boardinghouse in Pittsburgh circa 1911 turns strangely unsettling when a mysterious traveler shows up at the door, looking for his wife.

The fifth in a cycle of plays prize-winning author August Wilson is writing about black life in America, decade by decade, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" (at Arena's Kreeger Theatre) vibrates with emotional power, poetic mysticism and ritualistic fervor.