THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS opens its winter jazz film series tomorrow with "Louis Prima: The Wildest," Don McGlynn's recent portrait of the Las Vegas entertainer, band leader and trumpeter known for such swing anthems as "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Jump, Jive & Wail." The 82-minute film features vintage film and television footage and interviews with former sidemen and ex-wives, including singer Keely Smith. The series continues Thursday with another new McGlynn film, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen." Other programs include a double bill honoring two late great singers, "Joe Williams: Portrait in Song" and "But Then, She's Betty Carter" (Jan. 20); "Erroll Garner," "Bill Evans" and "Thelonious Monk," a collection of '60s jazz films from the BBC's "Jazz 625" series (Jan. 24); and "A Man Called Adam," Leon Penn's 1966 drama in which Sammy Davis Jr. portrays a character loosely based on Miles Davis (Jan. 27).
At the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library of Congress's James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Films begin at 7 p.m. Free. 202-707-1848.
IN CELEBRATION OF ARTIST JACOB KAINEN'S recent 90th birthday, the Corcoran Gallery of Art has mounted his fourth one-man show there. The dean of Washington artists, Kainen worked as a curator for 30-some years, doing his own artwork on the side and winning a slew of awards for it. The current exhibit celebrates the evolution and range of his craft, starting with "The Pilgrim," a 1947 black-and-white etching of a woman warily standing before a church, and ending with 1994's abstract "Double Agent," a computer-generated Iris print whose colorful design represents a strand of DNA gone mad.
At the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Through Jan. 17. Free. 202-636-1700.
FOR MANY YEARS, ARCHIE EDWARDS'S BARBERSHOP in Northeast was a haven for Washington blues aficionados, who might come for a haircut but just as often came to enjoy the proprietor's down-home, Piedmont-style acoustic blues. Edwards operated the barbershop from 1959 until his death in 1998, at which time the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation was formed to keep the shop and the bluesman's memory alive though occasional concerts, workshops and jam sessions. There are plans to expand it into a center for education and community outreach. To help fund that project, a number of Edwards's pals and progeny will perform Saturday at the Washington Ethical Society Auditorium: Eleanor Ellis, Mike Baytop, Neil Harpe, N.J. Warren, Miles Spicer, Resa Gibbs and Richard Thomas, better known as Mr. Bones for the instruments he fashions out of beef ribs--after devouring the meat, of course.
At the Washington Ethical Society Auditorium, 7750 16th St. NW. Saturday at 8 p.m. $10, free to members of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. 202-546-2228.
THE FOLGER CONSORT changes its usual venue, the intimate Elizabethan Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library, for the headier space of the Washington National Cathedral this week. To celebrate the change of centuries, the group is inviting the 20th Century Consort and the men and boys of the cathedral's chorus to participate in "Hail Millennium," a fascinating program that mixes very ancient music (including Gregorian chant) with modern responses to it. Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mark Kuss and John Harbison are featured alongside early medieval polyphony.
Friday: lecture 6 p.m., concert 8 p.m. Saturday: concert 8 p.m. $12-$38. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-544-7077.
CHOREOGRAPHER INBAL PINTO, formerly a member of the Israeli group Batsheva, has become known in her homeland for her sense of fantasy and fun. "Wrapped" is set to the music of Fats Waller, Beethoven, the original cast recording of "Bring In 'da Noise, Bring In 'da Funk," and the soundtrack to Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights," among other scores. As for the dancing, appearances are made by giants, gnomes and sea horses. Be prepared for a hearty dose of surrealism. A young choreographer who has been gaining notice abroad, Pinto makes her U.S. debut with this work.
At the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $22. 202-467-4600.