COMPOSER LUKAS FOSS has lived this century fully. He was born in Germany, escaped the Nazis, studied in Paris, became an American citizen in 1942 and developed into one of this country's preeminent musicians. Two of his works, including the world premiere of his "Anne Frank" for piano and cello, will be performed at the Holocaust Museum. The music of Herman Berlinski, longtime Washington resident and musician, is also deeply influenced by the trauma of the Shoah; his "Le Violon de Chagall" is on the program as well. Both composers will attend.
At the Holocaust Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Today at 3 p.m. Free, but reserved tickets are available through ProTix, 800-400-9373; service fee is $2.75 per ticket. 202-488-0400.
IN "CSARDAS! THE TANGO of the East," the performers of the Budapest Ensemble pay homage to the steps and music that have shaped the colorful Hungarian folk dance. With its characteristic quickening tempo, swift, heel-clicking footwork, and inward turns, the csardas has enlivened such classical ballets as "Swan Lake" and "Raymonda." Drawing parallels with the Argentine tango, however, is something of a stretch--the boot-stomping csardas never caught on as widely as the intricate, sensual tango did. Still, there's no denying the csardas's pulse-pumping appeal.
At George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax. Saturday at 8 p.m. Discussion at 7:15 p.m. $25-$35. 703-218-6500.
J.S.G. BOGGS, the artist whose specialty is imitating U.S. currency, is the curator of an exhibit commemorating the 200-year anniversary of George Washington's death at the Dimock Gallery. Interwoven with historical engravings are a host of contemporary takes on the first president. Tina Mion puts his face in the center of the Ace of Hearts. Mary Nash painted a folk-art portrait. And Boggs himself offers a small collage of works thumbtacked to the wall that includes two $20 bills and a check from a local diner that evidently accepted his art as cash.
At the George Washington University's Dimock Gallery, 730 21st St. NW. Free. Through Jan. 28. 202-994-1525.
IT'LL BE MOODY'S mood for jazz next weekend as venerable saxophonist-flutist James Moody guests with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in a bebop-focused celebration of the new millennium. The program will feature such Moody classics as "Moody's Mood for Love" and "Last Train From Overbrook," a quartet of Dizzy Gillespie standards ("Bebop," "Con Alma," "Shaw 'Nuff" and "Groovin' High") and a pair of tributes by SJMO director David Baker, "Moody's Mountain" and "To Dizzy With Love."
At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Free reserved tickets are available at the Kennedy Center box office or from Instant-Charge at 202-467-4600 (there is a $2 convenience fee per ticket by phone). Ticket holders must be seated by 8:15 p.m. when doors will open to the general public. For information, call 202-357-2700.
FABLED WASHINGTON GUITARIST Charlie Byrd, who passed away in November, had recently put together a special ensemble to celebrate the music of one of his stylistic mentors, Django Reinhardt. Now, both guitarists will be remembered in appropriate style Friday when bassist Joe Byrd (Charlie's brother), violinist Federico Britos, harmonica virtuoso Heinrick Meurkens and guitarist Frank Vignola transform into the Hot Club du Concord in a tribute to the seminal French jazz ensemble led by Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Byrd will also perform on guitar and vocals in what is part of the John E. Marlow Guitar Series sponsored by the International Conservatory of Music. The series is planning a full Charlie Byrd tribute sometime in the spring, featuring many of his past musical collaborators.
At the Performing Arts Hall of the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, 7931 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $35 at Ticketmaster outlets and PhoneCharge (202-432-SEAT); seating is cabaret style with complimentary beverages and snacks. For more information, call 202-265-3915 or 301-654-6874.