IN THE EARLY 1980S, AIDS cut a devastating swath through the arts community. "I basically lost my entire staff," says Miya Hisaka Silva, who at that time was running DC Contemporary Dance Theater. "AIDS wiped out a whole generation of dancers." Hisaka, who has moved on to head El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea de El Salvador, is honoring those local dancers who died--Jack Guidone, James Thurston, Jason Taylor and others--with a program called "Mostly Men." On the bill are works by area choreographers Juan Carlos Rincones, Tony Powell, Douglas Yeuell and others.

--Sarah Kaufman

At Joy of Motion's Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. $20. 202-362-3042.


GEORGE CUKOR'S "LITTLE WOMEN," with its authentic re-creation of Christmas in 19th-century New England, charts the ups and downs in the lives of the March sisters. This unabashedly sentimental 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel boasts a compelling cast (led by Katharine Hepburn as the feisty Jo), lavish Civil War-era costumes and furnishings, plus an Oscar-winning screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason and Victor Heerman. The great-grandmother of tearjerkers, it's a last chance to wring out your hankies before you ring in the millennium.

--Rita Kempley

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Wednesday at noon and 7 p.m. $5. 202-783-7370.


THE WILDEST CHRISTMAS SHOW IN TOWN? It'll be hard to beat El Vez's Merry Mex-Mas extravaganza at the Black Cat this Saturday. There's the James Brown-style funk of "Santa Claus Go Straight to El Barrio" as well as other refried holiday standards like "(I'm Dreaming of a) Brown Christmas," "Poncho Claus," "Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus" and a version of Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" that veers toward grunge. Backed by the Memphis Mariachis and the Lovely Elvettes, the world's most famous Mexican American Elvis Impersonator will be reprising material from his "Merry Mex-Mas" album, recently voted the third most popular Christmas recording of all time--in a poll of Norwegian pop critics!

--Richard Harrington

At the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. Saturday at 9:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of concert. 202-667-4490.


THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS has one of the finer small auditoriums in the city, intimate, comfortable and well designed acoustically. Pianist Betty Ann Miller devotes her recital, this afternoon, to guess what? Music by female composers, including the exceptionally independent voices of Amy Beach and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

--Philip Kennicott

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Today at 2 p.m. $10. 202-783-7373.


MIKE HODGES' ILLUSTRATION "Starwarbucks" is laugh-out-loud funny. He cleverly turns all the familiar characters into desserts--Obi Wan Cannoli, Tart Vader and Flan Solo--and arranges them around the ubiquitous Starbucks coffee cup that now bears Yoda's face under the logo. This drawing, which originally appeared in the New Yorker, won the Humor category in the 10th annual exhibit of the Illustrators Club of Washington, Maryland and Virginia. Among the 120 artworks from 60 creative minds are drawings for children's books, medical textbooks and advertisements, but some of the best pieces, such as John Michael Yanson's "Heart of Ice," are as yet unpublished.

--Nicole Lewis

At the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 17th and M streets NW. Through Jan. 7. Free. 202-442-6060.