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MAGNETISM IN MOTION

This company moves, and we don't mean furniture. The Ajax Moving Company, a dance ensemble that performs movement theater and postmodern dance works, will present a repertory performance at 8 tonight at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. This performance will include the works "Animalia," "Spirits" and "Grapplers" and excerpts from the group's latest work, "Superhero PowerTrip." $10-$20. 703/548-0035.

FOR THE FAMILY

Looking for a way to spend a little quality time together? Head out to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Artscape '97. This free family concert features performances by talented Baltimore children and percussionist Warren Wolf, led by BSO assistant conductor Daniel Hege. This performance will be held at 3 this afternoon at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Come to the hall lobby between 1 and 2:45 p.m., when visitors are invited to try out the instruments and meet members of the orchestra. 410/783-8000.

FOR YOUNG ARTISTS AND SCIENTISTS

Children are curious by nature. Cater to their curiosity and bring them to the Capital Children's Museum's weekend of arts and sciences. Children's Book Guild members Laura Melmed and Carol Schwartz will be at the museum today author Melmed will read from "The Rain Babies" and "Little Oh," after which children can try their hand at origami. At 1 p.m., Miss Schwartz, an illustrator, will read from her book, "Thinking About Ants." From noon to 3 p.m. today children can construct the human body out of dough. Tomorrow is Scientific Sunday; children can learn about Morse code and telegraphs. The museum is located at 800 Third St. NE. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.$4-$6. 202/675-4120.

ABOARD THE BOOGIE EXPRESS

Boogie-oogie-oogie until midnight, at least. This dance party won't go on until the break of dawn, but if you feel like dancing, come on down to the Boumi Temple, where the fun begins at 8 tonight with a beginning swing/jitterbug workshop by Chuck and Joanne Alexander. …