ART

It is not easy to imagine an art exhibition more needed in this city than "The Human Figure in Early Greek Art," now on view at the National Gallery of Art. The monuments that line the Mall insistently remind us of the debts we owe Greece. But though the 67 works in this show are irreplaceable, much has been held back. Those yearning for immersion in the glory that was Greece may leave this show still hungering.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Eugene Istomin will be the piano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra this week in Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. Other pianists worth attention will include Leonard Pennario, Saturday afternoon at George Mason University; Hung-Kuan Chen, this afternoon in the Terrace Theater; Richard Werder, tonight at the Round House Theatre in a multimedia presentation of impressionist music and visual art; and Philip Hosford, tomorrow night in the Terrace.

The Arlington Symphony Orchestra, David Sz. Pollitt conducting, will give the Washington premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti's "Apocalypse" this afternoon in the Kenmore Auditorium.

The Smithsonian Chamber Players will present music from the time of Louis XIV, Saturday night in the Hall of Musical Instruments in the National Museum of American History; the Vienna String Sextet will play music of Boccherini, Dvorak and Schoenberg, Wednesday night at George Mason University; and the Beaux Arts Trio will play music of Beethoven, Brahms and Rochberg, Friday night at the Library of Congress. Other noteworthy chamber music this week will include: the United States Marine Band, this afternoon at the Library of Congress; the Leonardo Trio, today at the Phillips Collection; the Capitol Woodwind Quintet with mezzo-soprano Ann Hart, today at St. Augustine's Church; the Vermeer Quartet, Friday night in the Terrace Theater; the Emerson String Quartet, Saturday night in the Baird Auditorium; cellist Rafael Figueroa, Saturday at the Library of Congress; and the Friday Morning Music Club, noon Friday in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Those who go to hear Arleen Auge'r singing Mozart with the Australian Chamber Orchestra this afternoon in the Kennedy Center should get out in time to go hear Chrissellene Petropoulos, this evening at the National Gallery. Other notable vocal music this week will include the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, Saturday night in the Terrace Theater; the Washington Camerata, noon Wednesday in the Lisner Auditorium, and soprano Julie Weldon, Tuesday noon in the Church of the Epiphany.

DANCE

Works by Jan Van Dyke, Jefferson James, Cathy Paine and Linda Gold are featured in a program called "Ohio Reunion," uniting old friends and alumnae of the Dance Place, at Dance Place this afternoon.

New York's Solomons Company/Dance presents recent work by Gus Solomons at Mount Vernon College this evening.

The illustrious Virsky Ukrainian State Dance Company of the U.S.S.R., unseen in this country for more than a decade, gives three performances at DAR Constitution Hall starting Tuesday evening.

The fifth annual Choreographers' Showcase offers works by eight area choreographers at Publick Playhouse Friday night.

The St. Mark's Dance Company, founded and directed by Mary Craighill, performs six repertory works in a 25th-anniversary program at Mount Vernon College Friday and Saturday evenings.

At Dance Place Friday through Sunday, Lesa McLaughlin & Dancers premieres McLaughlin's newly commissioned "Scene," as well as a solo dance, in a program also including "Big Surprise."

FILM

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" leaves an incandescent after-image -- memories insistent as the ghosts of flashbulbs dance before your eyes for days and days and days. Based on Milan Kundera's novel of eros and politics, director/cowriter Philip Kaufman streamlines this adaptation without losing the complexity of the Czech philosopher's original work. Set during and after "Prague Spring" in 1968, the story focuses on the life and loves of Tomas, a womanizing brain surgeon played by Britain's Daniel Day-Lewis. He is backed by a superb international cast that includes France's Juliette Binoche as his long-suffering wife. Sven Nykvist, Bergman's cinematographer, "paints with light" to an airy, angelic score by Czech composer Leos Janacek. The erotic, Slavic mystery of it all simply takes your breath away.

POP MUSIC

After almost five years off the road, Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire resurrect one of the most popular black bands of the '70s, and one known for grandiose productions. At Capital Centre tonight.

Another infrequent rock tourist, Frank Zappa, brings his 13-piece band to the Warner tomorrow through Wednesday, with a different program each night.

You won't see Waylon Jennings in a club very often, so his weekend engagement at the Birchmere is a rare opportunity to see one of country's legendary characters up close and personal.

Vanguard jazz in the vanguard jazz room -- Butch Morris, Wayne Horwitz and J.A. Deane evoke spirits known and unknown at d.c. space on Friday.