Russian Ballet, both at home and in exile, has been an entertainment and an art, as well as what anthropologists might call a subculture. Though always financially dependent on society at large, it yet evolved a distinct way of life, whether czars, commissars or capitalists provided the funding. Changes of style in the arts had more impact on it than wars, revolutions or upheavals.
"100 Years of Russian Ballet -- 1830 to 1930," showing at the new Universal Ballet Academy at 4301 Harewood Rd. NE, documents this dramatically. Some items on display, such as Alfred Eberling's 1906 postimpressionist oil of Anna Pavlova as Giselle, are works of art. Others, such as a collection of diverse slippers constructed to give a little or lots of support to the ballerina's balance en pointe, are examples of evolving craftsmanship. In this show, though, their function isn't to be admired in their own right but -- together with objects best described as mementos, relics and curios -- to document the Russian ballet. The exhibit is on display through Oct. 2.
The Beaux Arts Trio will be the National Symphony Orchestra's guest artists this week, in a program that will include Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" and the world premiere of Artyomov's Symphony. Orchestral activity this week will also include the Handel Festival Orchestra, Friday and Saturday in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
Visiting attractions will include the St. John's College Choir, of Cambridge, England, tonight in the Washington Cathedral and the Festival of Indonesia, performing traditional and contemporary gamelan music and drama from West Java, Tuesday night in the Baird Auditorium.
Also worth noting: Empire Brass Quintet, Wednesday night at the Washington Cathedral; Peter Marshall, harpsichord, today in Catholic University's Ward Hall; Jean Carrington Cook, piano, today at George Mason University's Harris Theater; the Capitol Woodwind Quintet, today at Temple Micah/St. Augustine's Church; Jeffrey Solow, cello, today at the Phillips Collection. DANCE
Dance Place celebrates its 10th anniversary season tonight with the last of three performances by the Washingtonians, works by local choreographers and hoofers.
The Festival of Indonesia, an 18-month celebration of that country's culture, gets underway tonight at the Kennedy Center with a gala opening, featuring court dancers from the Sultan's palace, young musicians and dancers from Bali, and a performance of synchronized "body music" dancers from Sumatra.
Norway's Bresee Dansekompani makes its U.S. debut Tuesday at the Kennedy Center. The troupe will be perform Wednesday as well.
Other events: works by Meriam Rosen Friday at the Publick Playhouse; and Randy Warshaw & Company at Dance Place Friday through Sunday. POP MUSIC Pursuit of Happiness's Moe Berg writes some of the most peculiar, and some of the best, love songs in the rock idiom. Tuesday at the 9:30 club.
Diane Schuur, at Anton's 1201 Club Tuesday through Sunday, has shed a lot of pounds, and has found a funky new center for her singing and piano stylings; Flora Purim (working, as always, with percussionist Airto Moreira at Blues Alley Thursday through Sunday) remains one of the overlooked, under-heard singers, even with her strong Latin credentials.
Midnight Oil would like to spill Exxon all over the place: For this and more well-directed anger, stop in Friday at George Washington University's Smith Center. Opening: The Origin, who aren't going to get old (they think).
Traditional jazz -- pre-swing, but swinging -- gets its annual airing at the 20th annual Potomac River Jazz Club picnic, Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. at Blob's Park in Jessup; a dozen bands will make time stand still (even if your feet won't be able to).
Mali's Salif Keita is on a par with Senegal's Youssou N'Dour as a Vocal Lion of Africa; Saturday, he's at Kilimanjaro's.