FOLK LEGEND MIKE SEEGER WAS HONORED TWO YEARS ago by the Smithsonian for his longtime efforts in reviving and preserving traditional forms of American music. Best known as a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, Seeger has championed old-time music for well over four decades, mastering banjo, fiddle, guitar and various mouth harps along the way. He'll use all of them in "Music From the True Vine," a concert of rural Southern music popular before the advent of television.

--Richard Harrington

Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Washington Ethical Society Auditorium, 7750 16th St. NW. $10 for the public, free to members of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. 202-546-2228.


SENSUOUS SONIA BRAGA is at the center of the sexy high jinks when her late mate materializes in the bed of his remarried widow in "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands." A ribald variation on "Blithe Spirit," the 1977 film broke box office records in director Bruna Barreto's native Brazil and went on to become a smash hit in the United States. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

--Rita Kempley

At the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Saturday at 4 p.m. Free. 202-737-4215.


AS A YOUNG GIRL IN EVANSTON, ILL., ARTIST JOYCE TREIMAN often visited the Art Institute of Chicago to look at the masterpieces or take drawing classes. As an adult she amassed an art collection of her own; in the mid-1970s she embarked on a series that paid tribute to figurative painters. These works included "Monet and Me and the Venice Canals," which shows a redheaded, middle-age Treiman frozen in mid-brushstroke as Claude Monet looks on magnanimously. Twelve paintings from this series are currently on view in "Painting in a Lonely Arena: Joyce Treiman and the Old Masters."

--Nicole Lewis

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. Through July 5. 202-783-5000.


THE GROUNDS OF THE CAPITOL are the site for one of the most agreeable of Washington pastimes--warm, friendly, informal free concerts. On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will offer performances of Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," Offenbach's "Can Can" and selections from Camille Saint-Saens's "Samson et Dalila." Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets--and make sure the weather is good, for these concerts are sometimes canceled in the event of rain.

--Tim Page

On the west steps of the Capitol, between Constitution and Independence avenues NW. Tuesday at 8 p.m. Free. 202-767-5658.


DANCEAFRICA DC--the 12th annual festival of African dance and music--wraps up today with a slew of performances spilling into the evening. Dance Place hosts five local troupes on its indoor stage, while out back you can see four more under the open sky. The groups range from Melvin Deal's African Heritage Dancers & Drummers, who have been spreading the gospel of ancient rhythms for decades, to Coyaba Dance Theater, founded just two years ago. KanKouran West African Dance Company performs a full-length program to cap the festivities.

--Sarah Kaufman

At Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Today from noon to 9:30 p.m. Outdoor performances are free; tickets for indoor performances during the day are $8 for adults, $5 for ages 17 and under, and free for children 12 and under with a paying adult. Tickets for the KanKouran performance at 8 p.m. are $8-$15. 202-269-1600.

CAPTION: Sonia Braga in "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands."

CAPTION: "Monet and Me and the Venice Canals," by Joyce Treiman.

CAPTION: Sankofa Dance Theater, below, Jude Michel, left, and Kono Youth Ensemble, above.