There's something for everyone of every age in "Made With Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection," on view at the National Museum of American Art: weather vanes and wood airplanes, whirligigs and flying pigs, duck decoys and smoking toys.
There are also tin men and dolls, totems with pols, a boat made from wood scraps, a lion from bottle caps.
This exhibition of 199 unique works -- including paintings as well as sculpture and utilitarian objects -- was organized to celebrate the museum's recent acquisition, by gift and purchase, of 427 folk art objects from the renowned collection of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. of New York.
The exhibition will continue through Jan. 21. CLASSICAL
The gala opening of the new George Mason University Center for the Arts Saturday night will be hosted by Marvin Hamlisch and will feature performances by the Fairfax Symphony, pianist Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Schickele and the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua, comedian Robert Klein, soprano Roberta Peters and flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Cellist Wendy Warner will be the National Symphony Orchestra's soloist this week, with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. The American Chamber Orchestra's program, Monday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater will include Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the Symphony for Strings of Richard Nanes. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam will include Brahms and Berio in its program Wednesday night in the Concert Hall.
Churches (among the city's most notable musical resources) will be the scene of three unusual events this week: an interdenominational AIDS healing service with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Friday night in Washington National Cathedral; performances by the early music ensemble Sequentia, Thursday night in the National Presbyterian Church; and a program of medieval and Renaissance music performed by Le Rossignol, Saturday night in St. Matthew's Cathedral.
String quartets will dominate the week's chamber music, including the Cleveland (with the world premiere of a new work by Stephen Paulus) Friday night in the Corcoran Gallery and Saturday at the University of Maryland; then Guarneri Tuesday night in the Terrace Theater and the Manchester Friday night at 8 at the Holton-Arms School.
Also worth noting: violinist Daniel Heifetz, playing Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" with the University of Maryland Chamber Ensemble, Saturday afternoon in the Terrace Theater; the Theater Chamber Players, performing music of Raxach, Durko, Bartok and Brahms, Saturday night at 7:30 in the Terrace Theater and Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church; the Lenox Ensemble, Tuesday night at Mount Vernon College; Gary Louie, saxophone, Friday night at 8 at Strathmore Hall; Chamber Artists of Washington, Saturday night at the French Embassy; pianist Stephane Lemelin, Thursday night at 7:30 at the Canadian Embassy. DANCE
Today at 4, the last of four performances by Urban Bush Women at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater; Also the Lezginka State Company of Daghestan, U.S.S.R. performs today at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Improvisations Unlimited, tonight at Studio EE at the University of Maryland. D.C. Space hosts an evening of tap dance Thursday and Tish Carter appears at Mount Vernon College Friday and Saturday, while Stephan Koplowitz & Company perform Saturday and Sunday at Dance Place. POP MUSIC
World Party and Jellyfish, classic Brit-pop and promising hook-laden Amerock: tonight at Lisner.
The Texas Tornados are a Tex-Mex Traveling Wilburys, with country crooner Freddy Fender, accordion whiz Flaco Jiminez and Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers: tonight at the Birchmere.
Drummer Richard Tee is known for the time -- and the company -- he keeps: Monday at Blues Alley he'll be joined by some of the top guns from the "Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live" bands.
2 Live Crew and Poison Crew, Tuesday at the 9:30 club.
Blues guitar with the accent on grit: Son Seals, Tuesday at Blues Alley; the mighty Albert King, Wednesday at the Birchmere.
Mo' better jazz: Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard gave Spike Lee's latest some life; now the film may give them just enough extra visibility to fill Lisner Thursday.
Saturday marks the third annual American Discoveries Festival and Freedom Plaza will be home base for that intrepid inner-galactic explorer Sun Ra with his Intergalactic Arkestra, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Odeon Pope Trio; from noon to 8 p.m. and free to boot.