CLASSICAL

The American Soviet Youth Orchestra, which includes young players from both countries, will highlight this week's music, with a panel discussion on U.S.-Soviet relations and a chamber recital Monday evening in the Baird Auditorium and a concert Tuesday evening on the West Lawn of the Capitol, with Leonard Slatkin conducting and violinist Joshua Bell as soloist.

The U.S. Marine Band will give two free outdoor concerts this week, tonight at the Sylvan Theater and Wednesday night on the West Terrace of the Capitol.

Pianists of the week: Thomas Pandolfi, today at the National Presbyterian Church; Nicole Marboni, midday Wednesday in the Lisner Auditorium.

Also worth noting: San Juan Children's Choir, Friday night at the Organization of American States. DANCE

Washington's distinguished KanKouran West African Dance Company presents its latest program Saturday evening at Lisner Auditorium. FILM

Many a monster has left his fingerprints on Sam Raimi's "Darkman," a fiendishly sumptuous journey that links the classics of transfiguration to the terrors of our times. Traces of the Fly, the Mummy, the Hulk and the Beast haunt the movie's many misty nooks and shadowed alleys, the invisible mentors to Rami's new age phantom. Liam Neesom stars as handsome, gentle Dr. Peyton Westlake, a brilliant scientist who is on the verge of making synthetic skin when he is hideously disfigured in a lab explosion. Burned and mangled beyond recognition, he winds up in a city hospital where, to spare him needless pain, the doctors snip a vital nerve. The side effects are superhuman strength, uncontrollable rage and the loss of feeling. And so Peyton becomes a super hero, skulking through the city to find and punish the evildoers -- a ruthless gang of real estate agents -- who blew up his world. Though an extremely violent work, it has a classic sound and sweep. POP MUSIC

Sinead O'Connor returns tonight, still relatively hairless, to the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville make beautiful music together, but it's the Neville Brothers who will set the Merriweather Post Pavilion crowd to dancing Monday.

Phil Collins, almost as hairless as Sinead, brings his bright pop vocals to Capital Centre Monday and Tuesday.

Legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis steps out from the hardcover images of his recent autobiography to once again fool the critics and challenge the fans: Tuesday at Constitution Hall.