You don't have to know anything about Buddhism, Hinduism or the art of Southeast Asia to be charmed and seduced by "The Sculpture of Indonesia," at the National Gallery East Building.
The exhibition consists of nothing less than the greatest masterpieces of Indonesian art not attached to the walls of its temples and shrines -- 135 works in all, loaned by museums in Indonesia, America and Europe. Among them: spellbinding life-size figures in stone, endearing narrative reliefs, gorgeous clapperless bronze bells and small figural objects in brass, gold and silver that range from the awkward to the exquisite.
"The Sculpture of Indonesia" will continue through Nov. 4.
The National Symphony Orchestra will have a busy week. At the Kennedy Center, Wednesday night, it will be conducted by Maxim Shostakovich, with violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the Paul Hill Chorale as guest artists. At Wolf Trap, Zdenek Macal will conduct Friday and Saturday nights: Friday, with guitarist Christopher Parkening as soloist and Saturday with Barry Tuckwell playing French horn. On Thursday night at Wolf Trap, the orchestra will be conducted by Henry Mancini.
On Tuesday evening, the Manchester String Quartet (members of the National Symphony) will give a concert at Washington Cathedral.
Roberta Rothstein and Momentum Dance Theatre are at Dance Place this evening. At the Joy of Motion Dance Center, choreographers Suzanne Nece and Abigail Stage present a joint program of their work tonight, in collaboration with musicians Kami Rowan and Siobhan Canty. The Ajax Moving Company, headed by feisty dancer-choreographer "Ajax" Joe Drayton, offers "Seeking the Vibe," an evening of contemporary dance, at the District of Columbia Arts Center Thursday and Friday evenings. A program selected by auditioning 27 applicants will be presented as the newest Choreographers' Showcase at Dance Place Saturday and Sunday evenings, featuring works by 11 area choreographers, both established and emerging.
The American Film Institute's Independent Film Festival continues with "Green Streets," Maria Deluca's celebrated look at urban gardening. The filmmaker will be on hand to expand on the story of how a determined community of New Yorkers turned inner-city lots into oases of green in the face of apathy, corruption and greed (6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday).
The festival goes on to explore gay lifestyles in "An Empty Bed," a portrait of a gay senior citizen living alone in Greenwich Village, on a double bill with "Out in Suburbia: The Stories of Eleven Lesbians," Pam Walton's 28-minute look at the mainstream lives of gay women. Mark Gasper, the star of the first, will attend the screenings at 6:30 p.m. July 16 and 8:30 p.m. July 17.
The diverse showcase moves on to the tenuous relationship between big-game hunting and conservation efforts in George Butler's "In the Blood" at 6:30 p.m. July 23 and 9:15 p.m. July 24.) The festival's final week features the U.S. Film Festival Audience Award winner, "Berkeley in the '60s." Producer-director Mark Kitchell's survey of the epoch includes archival film footage of Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey Newton and the Grateful Dead (6:30 p.m., July 30 and 8:30 p.m., July 31).
Brazil's master musician Milton Nascimento makes a rare Washington appearance at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre Sunday.
After the thunderstorm of the Budweiser Superfest, we can look forward to the Quiet Storm of Anita Baker, Monday and Tuesday at Wolf Trap.
Sisterhood is tuneful: Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Tuesday at the Birchmere.
Mixing and matching sound, race and point of view in one delirious womp: it's Holland's Urban Dance Squad with Consolidated, at the 9:30 club on Thursday.
He's Back! Billy Joel, Friday and Sunday at Capital Centre.
Supple sound washes and love-torn dream states coexist in the music of Scotland's Blue Nile, at Gaston Hall Saturday.