Jack Boul'spaintings are tiny in scale, compact in their power and craft. But each one offers a universe of satisfaction to the viewer.
Boul's series of cityscapes at the Washington Studio School Gallery are typical of his success at investing the commonplace with magic that attracts the heart before the eye. His working-class neighborhoods are deserted of people but filled with soft, shadowed tones, as though buildings were whispering to one another in colors across the empty streets. The exhibit runs through Nov. 29.
Alexandra Middendorf has curated an excellent small show of four Washington area sculptors, "Wall Sculpture & Frieze," at Addison/Ripley gallery. Each of the four -- Lenore Winters, Christopher Gardner, Yuriko Yamaguchi and Lisa Scheer -- is well known, regionally if not internationally, and each is at midcareer. Stylistically, the only thing they share is this space and the show's theme. The real delight is in the diversity of the approach. The sculptures are on display through Dec. 8. CLASSICAL The most unusual concert of the week will be the Paul Hill Chorale's program of seldom-heard music by Sibelius and other Finnish composers today at the Kennedy Center.
Three excellent young soloists will be featured in recitals this week: pianist Peter Serkin, today at the National Institutes of Health; cellist Steven Honigberg, today at the Phillips Collection; and violinist Daniel Heifetz, tonight at the National Gallery of Art.
The National Symphony Orchestra will give a pops program of Broadway classics, including music from "Anything Goes" and "Show Boat," Friday and Saturday nights at the Kennedy Center. Other orchestral activity this week will include the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit, with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Monday night at the Kennedy Center; the National Chamber Orchestra, with cellist Carter Brey, Friday, night at the Duke Ellington School and Saturday at Montgomery College; the Georgetown Symphony, with pianist Sarah Spencer, winner of the 1990 Ylda Novik Competition, today in Gaston Hall. DANCE India's Astad Deboo, who merges classical Indian and modern Western dance forms in his choreography, performs at Dance Place this afternoon. The African Heritage Center, directed by Melvin Deal, hosts its annual Open House and African Heritage Student Recital this afternoon in the center's headquarters at 4018 Minnesota Ave., NE. FILM Under the hot breath of the mistral, a field of sunflowers like faceless lions dance, a thousand golden Salomes to drive the painter beyond passion to a storied madness. A glorious dazzle, they entice poor Vincent as a lover never would.
Robert Altman, so erratic in recent years, brings an artist's eye and suffering spirit to his masterly portrait of "Vincent & Theo." This lovely if deliberate film marks Altman's return to a more straightforward, but by no means expected, style. A biography that plays like fiction, it tells the story of the van Gogh brothers, as if stroked and brushed and globbed onto the canvas of the screen. Altman gives us art as ordered chaos, and inspiration as a merciless muse. POP MUSIC This afternoon brings the finals of the fourth annual Thelonious Monk Competition, disguised this year as the Louis Armstrong International Jazz Trumpet Competiton: Try and guess who the next Wynton Marsalis might be, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Either they've got the beat, or they're beat: The Go-Go's reunite tonight at Constitution Hall, with the emphasis squarely on the past.
Wildness will be in the air Monday and Tuesday at the 9:30 club when the Dead Milkmen and Mojo Nixon explore the warp and the woof of rock-and-roll.
Doc Watson teams up with the Seldom Scene Friday and Saturday at the Birchmere; Doc also makes a house call Saturday afternoon, just for kids and their keepers.
Maybe you can squeeze into Mary Chapin Carpenter's Monday-through-Wednesday concerts at the Birchmere (hey, she's not The Opening Act anymore but she's still local); Saturday and Sunday, her new studio pals, the Indigo Girls, hold forth at Constitution Hall. THEATER "The Rocky Horror Show": This naughty rock musical is a spoof of both B Grade horror flicks and sexual adventurism, with an anarchic subplot involving the audience. Come prepared to buy a "prop kit" complete with confetti and foam toast to throw onstage, and read the program to know when to yell lewd and nasty things at the characters. The spontaneity is a little controlled, but the evening, definitely X-rated, is all in fun. To say that it is somewhat sophomoric is not to denigrate it, merely to get you in the right mood. At the Woolly Mammoth.