THEATER

Up at DCAC -- or actually, considering where the theater space is, outside and then down some steps at DCAC -- B. Stanley is presenting his version of Alfred Jarry's "Ubu Cuckolded." The eclectic music is by Ruppert Chappelle, and the sets by D.C.-based painter Michael Clark. The cast features members of Theatre du Jour who last year delighted so many with Antonin Artaud's "The Spurt of Blood." This is the least-often performed of Jarry's plays, which tells you something, since none of them is what you could call widely produced. Expect a genuinely avant-garde evening.

-- Lloyd Rose

"Ubu Cuckolded" at District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW, through Jan. 18. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. $10. 202-462-7833. DANCE

Scan the local dance listings this time of year and they're crowded with "Nutcrackers." Except at Dance Place, where today's program of works-in-progress by eight area choreographers promises everything but tutus and tulle. The result of a 10-week workshop, "Fieldwork" features mostly dance in the modern mode, as well as juggling and "text work." Participants range from seasoned dance makers such as Nancy Havlik to those making their first forays into the field. It's only five bucks, and audiences can be sure they're boosting these brave folks in their creative endeavors.

-- Sarah Kaufman

At Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Today at 4 p.m. $5. 202-269-1600. FILM

Virginia filmmaker Tom Davenport will be on hand for two American Film Institute screenings of "The Stepchild," the 11th in his series of Americanized adaptations of Grimm fairy tales. Based on "Snow White" and set in 1915 Leesburg, the feature-length film stars local actress Becky Stark as Willa, the fair young heroine who runs off not with seven dwarfs but with a vaudeville troupe headed by a failed Shakespearean actor (former Folger Theatre director John Neville Andrews, in a wry bit of casting). As always, Davenport's charming and witty fable is populated by actors familiar to Washington audiences: Look for the Shakespeare Theatre's Floyd King as Chief Tonka, a medicine-show Indian with an Irish accent, and Caitlin O'Connell as Willa's jealous stepmother, as well as local mime Mark Jaster. Davenport, who says he is continuing to tinker with the film, will discuss the problems he encountered in the creation of "The Stepchild" and the improvements he still hopes to make.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

AFI Theater, Kennedy Center. Saturday at 4:30 and 7 p.m. $6.50. 202-785-4601. ART

Just in time for Christmas, the Hirshhorn Museum has published a big, beautiful coffee-table book for those who are looking for more interesting reading (not to mention better pictures) than the J. Peterman catalogue. Too large for a stocking stuffer, but still not as big as the museum's 1974 phone book-size catalogue, "The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art" has culled a select few pieces from the more than 10,000 works in its collection in commemoration of the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary. With handsome, color photographs and concise, easy-to-digest commentaries by curators Amanda Cruz, Valerie J. Fletcher, Frank Gettings, Anne-Louise Marquis, Phyllis Rosenzweig and Judith Zilczer, the volume is instructive, eye-pleasing and -- best of all -- requires no batteries.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Available through the Hirshhorn Museum Shop, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW. $32.95 for softcover; $54.95 for hardcover. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. 202-357-1429. CAPTION: Nancy Havlik, performing at Dance Place. CAPTION: Fernand Leger's "Nude on a Red Background," in the Hirshhorn's worthwhile new book. CAPTION: B. Stanley in "Ubu Cuckolded."