So, Johnny Boy, you think you can beat up on fighters of Black Dragon school? Black Dragon Fighters is better than you, Johnny Boy, and we sock you on the head to show you! Fans of Hong Kong's peculiar cinematic tradition can come to Freer Gallery of Art on weekends in July and August to see the movie series "Made in Hong Kong." This Friday "Love Generation Hong Kong" at 7 p.m, then "Moonlight Express" next Sunday at 2 ("Leslie Cheung plays an undercover policeman who infiltrates a drug gang"), then "Expect the Unexpected" ("An independent-minded detective helps his crime unit stalk a ruthless gang") on July 29 at 7, and on and on through August.
ONLY A FEW SHAKERS remain alive today, God-fearing Christians who value simplicity, functionality, celibacy and communal living. Known for their beautiful, simple furniture, the Shakers in their heyday could fashion a pitchfork or basket into a work of art. Fifty-seven objects created by residents of Mount Lebanon, N.Y., the first Shaker community, offer a glimpse of that existence in "Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life," at the Renwick Gallery. Items in the exhibit include an 1806 grandfather clock, and a hymnal from 1840, open to "Sweet Love."
At the Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. To July 25. Free. 202-357-2700.
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WASHINGTON'S DUKE ELLINGTON and South Africa's Abdullah Ibrahim is rich and historic. They first met in 1965 when the Ellington Orchestra toured Africa; that same year, Ellington sponsored the African pianist's American debut at the Newport Jazz Festival and produced his first album, even lending his name to the title, "Duke Ellington Presents Dollar Brand" (Ibrahim's name at the time). Now, as part of the ongoing Ellington centennial, Jazz Arts '99 will present a free concert, "Ode to Ellington," that will include the American premiere of "African Suite"--Ibrahim compositions arranged by Daniel Schnyder for classical string orchestra. It will be performed by Ibrahim and his trio with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo. Also on the program: a performance by the Levine School of Music Jazz Ensemble and a new program choreographed by Fabian Barnes and the Dance Institute of Washington.
At Carter Barron Amphitheatre, Colorado Avenue and 16th Street NW. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available the day of the show beginning at 10 a.m. at the Carter Barron box office. For information, call 202-723-7500 or visit the jazzarts.org Web site.
CAPTION: "Expect the Unexpected," above, and "Moonlight Express," two of the featured films.
CAPTION: Art, fully functional: Two of the pieces on display in "Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life."