"Landmarks," an outdoor exhibit of 40 works of sculpture by members of the Tri State Sculptors' Guild, is one of the better events Strathmore Hall Arts Center has organized in a while. There is some very fine, imaginative work here, dotted about the center's gently rolling grounds in north Bethesda. Through Aug. 17.
At Gallery K, the annual summer show is a smorgasbord of mostly graphic works. While perhaps not as well organized or as cohesive as the sculpture exhibit, the show includes all of the gallery's better-known artists, and there are some knockout recent efforts. Through July.
The University of Maryland International Piano Festival and the William Kapell Piano Competition will be this week's major musical events. The competition's finals will be held in two phases at the Kennedy Center. Phase 1, a solo recital by each finalist, will be Thursday evening; Phase 2, a concerto performance by each finalist, with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting the National Symphony, will be Saturday evening.
Each year the festival brings some of the world's greatest pianists to the Maryland campus for master classes, competition judging and public recitals. This year's list of recitalists includes Menahem Pressler, tonight; John Browning, Monday; Anton Kuerti, Tuesday; the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Wednesday; and Walter Klien, Friday.
The Wolf Trap Opera Company Showcase, tonight at the Filene Center, will give opera lovers a chance to see some of the stars of tomorrow.
Also worth noting: Robert Lehman and the Annapolis Brass Quintet, Tuesday evening at the Washington Cathedral; Esperance Rignacoise, a French brass and percussion ensemble from the small town of Rignac in its American premiere, Thursday night at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria.
Works by 11 choreographers are featured in the Choreographers' Showcase at Dance Place this evening.
Ireland's Hothouse Flowers have the passion and fury of their fellow countrymen (them, too): with the underrated Andy White, tonight at the Bayou.
You'll probably be able to hear the screams in Georgetown: It's those New Kids on the Block at RFK Tuesday.
David Bowie tours his hits one last time -- at least he's honest about it: at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Wednesday and Thursday.
Wynton Marsalis appears at Wolf Trap Thursday with fellow New Orleans trad-progressives the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Drummer Elvin Jones brings a quintet to Blues Alley Thursday through Sunday.