IT HAS BECOME quite the rage to have ballet dancers swirl their hips to electric guitar licks (think of American Ballet Theatre's tribute to George Harrison, and Twyla Tharp's ode to Billy Joel, among recent examples). Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will bring rock ballet to Wolf Trap this week with two works set to music by Sting. The program won't be all pop music, though. The performing arts park has commissioned a work from Vienna, Va., artist Susan Shields, a former member of Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. Her abstract "Concerto Caprice" will have the Pittsburgh troupe moving to music by the American-born composer Vittorio Giannini.
-- Sarah Kaufman
At Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. $10-$36. Call 703-218-6500 or visit www.wolftrap.org.
YEAH, I KNOW how it goes. You meant to go to the National Gallery of Art's film series "Ingmar Bergman (Early Work)." Darn, it just slipped away on you! Don't you just hate it when that happens? Oh, well, there's always next . . . What's that? Yes. You can still get there. Get off the couch, put on some decent clothes and you can make it to the last screening of the two-week, 15-film festival. You missed "It Rains on Our Love" and "A Ship Bound for India" (Darn!). But it's all right because they've saved the best for last: "The Magic Flute," that atypically cheerful rendering of the Mozart opera in Sven Nykvist's glorious photography. By reputation it is one of the best, if not the best, opera productions ever captured on film.
-- Stephen Hunter
At the National Gallery of Art's East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Today at 4 p.m. Free. Call 202-842-6799 or visit www.nga.gov.
IT'S BEEN NEARLY 10 years since the Presidents of the United States of America sprang out of Seattle with the very un-grunge and highly quirky power pop of "Lump," one of the more improbable MTV hits of the mid-'90s. The group did Letterman, Leno and a dozen other high-profile shows, while its debut album, recorded for a measly $8,000, went triple-platinum. Two years later, PUSA were burned out and broken up. Now they're back with "Love Everybody," which sounds like a slightly calmer version of the same old band, but with all the hooks and wit intact -- like Fountains of Wayne but sweeter and with plenty of snap.
-- David Segal
At the 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. $15. Call 202-393-0930 or visit www.930.com.