THE FOLGER CONSORT opens its 1999-2000 season with a program of Renaissance works from Italy. Madrigals and small chamber works dominated the Renaissance domestic musical diet, and the Consort has chosen works by three of the masters: Philippe Verdelot, Cipriano de Rore and Monteverdi.

--Philip Kennicott

At the Folger Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and next Sunday at 2 and 5:30 p.m. $24. 202-544-7077.


IN 1947, 20-YEAR-OLD PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID MOORE captured the silhouettes of four children playing on a dock in Sydney Harbor. Over the next five decades, Moore went on to the document the changing of the harbor, from small city port to international player. Ships and the sea call to Moore, and his images reflect immigrants arriving by boat, massive cruise ships waiting to sail and the construction of the Sydney Opera House, lodged at the harbor's edge. About 60 of his mostly black-and-white photographs are on display at the Australian Embassy.

--Nicole Lewis

At the Australian Embassy, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The show is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m., until Oct. 20. Free. 202-797-3176.


YOU CAN'T ACCUSE "NO LESS BLACK" of ducking the difficult questions. The evening-length production by choreographer Gesel Mason (a member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange) and technical director Cheles Rhynes explores notions of black identity--specifically, what it means to be "black enough," and who defines it. Guest artists include Sylvia Soumah and Coyaba Dance Theater, among other local dancers.

--Sarah Kaufman

At Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. Saturday at 8 p.m., next Sunday at 7 p.m. $15. 202-269-1600.


FOUR FILMS FROM SLOVAKIA get a rare shot of visibility at the National Gallery of Art next weekend in a short series titled "Slovak Films of the 1990s." The Saturday screenings are "I'm Sitting on a Branch and I Feel Happy," directed by Juraj Jakubisko, and "Angel of Mercy," which was directed by Miloslav Luther. "Branch" is about two war veterans who become prosperous by baking loaves of bread in the shape of Stalin's head; the second is a gritty war drama. The Sunday screenings are Dusan Hanak's "Paper Heads" and Martin Sulik's "The Garden." The first is a documentary on Soviet repression, the second a fable about a young man restored to vitality by taking responsibility for an inherited garden.

--Stephen Hunter

At the National Gallery of Art East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Free. 202-842-6799.


FOR 30 YEARS NOW, SCOTLAND'S TANNAHILL WEAVERS have worked hard to remind audiences around the world that Celtic music is more than the pluck of the Irish, and it's not just the band's use of full-size Highland bagpipes that underscores that point. The repertoire is fiercely traditional (and acoustic), the vocals are earnest, and Duncan Nicholson's pipes create a rich fabric intertwining with Phil Smillie's flute, Les Wilson's bouzouki and John Martin's fiddle --appropriate for a band that came together in Paisley, a town known for its weaving traditions.

--Richard Harrington

At Montgomery Blair High School Auditorium, Colesville Road and University Boulevard, Silver Spring. Monday at 8 p.m. $16. 301-263-0600.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT'S ONLY TOP 20 HIT, "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road," wasn't about vacillating politicians, but it could have been. As NPR listeners know, Wainwright can turn out social satire like a younger Tom Lehrer. In fact, his latest album, "Social Studies," addresses such issues as "Y2K" (rapped over a James Brown-style riff), Jesse Helms and the arts ("Jesse Don't Like It"), seasonal conspiracies ("Conspiracy," "Christmas Day") and President Clinton ("Our Boy Bill" and "Inaugural Blues"). Expect some caustic satire along with sensitive ballads and self- deprecating confessions when Wainwright gives a free concert Wednesday. The event will also be cybercast on the Internet.

--Richard Harrington

At the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Wednesday at 6 p.m. Free. 202-467-4600.