The Washington Post critics choose their favoriote shows of the week


This is the last day to see "Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection" at the National Gallery of Art, West Building.


Paul Panhuysen and Johan Goedhart, Dutch multimedia artists, will perform Thursday evening on two grand pianos suspended from two sets of steel strings stretching across the Great Hall of the National Building Museum. This afternoon at the National Presbyterian Church, pianist Patrick Rucker is expected to keep his instrument firmly on the floor.


The Australian Ballet winds up a week at the Kennedy Center Opera House today with a final performance of Laszlo Seregi's "Spartacus," with music by Khachaturian. The Miami City Ballet returns to Wolf Trap for a pair of programs Thursday and Friday featuring works by Balanchine and the troupe's resident choreographer, Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros. The Adrain Bolton Dance Company Summer Workshop presents free performances of Bolton's dance drama "Beyond Paradise" at Dance Place Friday through Sunday.


It's a week for singers starting tonight: Honky-tonk woman Reba McEntire is at Wolf Trap, blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and local R&B favorite Stacy Lattisaw is at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre; Wednesday, veteran pop-jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine opens a five-night run at Blues Alley, and Saturday puts England's Joan Armatrading at Wolf Trap against Poland's Basia at Constitution Hall. Harmony-wise, it's the Beach Boys at the Post Pavilion on Tuesday, with Crosby, Stills and Nash at the same spot on Friday and Saturday.

Great possibilities: The venerable Modern Jazz Quartet shares a bill, and a few moments on stage, with the vanguard Kronos Quartet on Monday at Wolf Trap.

Trying to prove it's not all in the mix, Jazzy B and Soul II Soul make their Washington debut Wednesday and Thursday at Constitution Hall.

She's back? Janet Jackson returns to Capital Centre for shows Friday, Saturday and next Monday.

Is this really how Smokey, Marvin and Diana started out? The 1990 Motortown Revue pulls into Carter Barron Amphitheatre on Saturday with young bloods the Boys, Rich Nice, Today, Good Girls, Milira and MC Trouble.