PETER LORRE, in a campy, googly-eyed performance, wrestles with the severed hand of a dead pianist in "The Beast With Five Fingers," a 1946 horror classic directed by Robert Florey. National Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin, whose uncle played the Beast and whose mother was part of the studio orchestra, will introduce the film and talk about its score.

--Rita Kempley

At the American Film Institute, the Kennedy Center. Thursday at 6 p.m. $6.50. 202-416-7815.


ALMOST A CENTURY AGO, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem made a stir by giving the American premiere of a little-known choral masterpiece: Bach's Mass in B Minor. Since then, the choir has been one of this country's perpetually about-to-be-rediscovered musical treasures. On Monday, the choir will bring its signature work to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall--part of the choir's 100th-anniversary tour (and just shy of Bach's 250th death anniversary, next year).

--Philip Kennicott

At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Monday at 7:30 p.m. $15-$60. 202-467-4600.


IF YOU MISSED "SPIRIT--a Journey in Dance, Drums and Song" on PBS, you can catch it onstage this week. The tribal-rock-ballet spectacle aims to weave Native American themes and contemporary music with native and modern dance. Its creators are likewise a blend of Broadway and native traditions: Wayne Cilento (of "The Who's Tommy" and the upcoming Disney production of "Aida") directed. Chief Hawk Pope of the United Remnant Band of Ohio collaborated with composer Peter Buffett, and narrates the production.

--Sarah Kaufman

At the National Theatre. Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and next Sunday at 2 p.m., and next Sunday at 7 p.m. $25-$65. 202-628-6161.


IN 1930, ARTIST YOSHIDA HIROSHI set sail from his native Japan to India and Southeast Asia in search of inspiration. The results of his pilgrimage to sacred and everyday sites are captured in 32 woodblock prints on display at the Sackler Gallery. Fascinated by the Taj Mahal, Yoshida created six images of the royal mausoleum at varying times of day as well as under a full moon. In all his works, Yoshida chooses surprising angles that make his subjects--including shrines, mountains and a caravan of camels--come alive. Kendall Brown, an art professor at California State University, will give a lecture on the exhibit Thursday at 7 p.m.

--Nicole Lewis

At the Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. Until Oct. 17. 202-357-4880. The free lecture takes place in the Freer Gallery's Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferon Drive SW.


ALMOST HALF A CENTURY AGO, KITTY WELLS was the first woman to have a chart-topping, million-selling country single with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," her caustic response to Hank Thompson's accusatory "Wild Side of Life." By then, Wells had been a country performer for almost 20 years, having started her career singing on Nashville's WSIX at age 16 as Muriel Ellen Deason. In 1938, she married singer Johnny Wright and took the name she still uses. At 80, the Queen of Country Music is still touring, still belting out her hard-core country ballads, and she's still married to Wright, who will be on hand for her show at the Birchmere tonight.

--Richard Harrington

At the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Today at 7:30 p.m. $17.50. 703-549-7500.