- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 19, 2003

The National Museum of African Art showcases one of the finest collections of Moroccan textiles with its exhibit The Fabric of Moroccan Life. Circulated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, this vibrant exhibit of rare embroideries, pile rugs and weavings reflects influences from other nearby African countries, the Mediterranean and Europe. “Fabric” showcases utilitarian objects such as rugs, tent hanging, saddlebags and clothing and mirrors the broad range of cultures that were and continue to be part of Moroccan life from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. At the African Art Museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 21. Free. 202/357-4600.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre launches the strongest revival cycle of its limited tenure next week, inaugurating with a three-week engagement of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia an ongoing series devoted to widescreen spectacles. The showings begin Monday and continue every day through June 10. They should provide an ideal test for the Silver’s main auditorium, which seems made to order for maximizing the appeal of movies as scenically impressive as “Lawrence.” This is the most extensive local booking since the Uptown’s auspicious revival of the restored film in 1989. “Lawrence of Arabia” was originally released in 1962.

A revival of Dr. Zhivago, the epic Lean production that appeared four years after “Lawrence,” will run for two weeks in an adjacent Silver auditorium. A career tribute to Robert De Niro, the next American Film Institute recipient of a Life Achievement Award, begins Monday with a revival of Taxi Driver, followed in the opening week by Midnight Run, Mean Streets and Hi, Mom! The last Lean feature, his superlative 1984 adaptation of E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India, will also be revived for a week at the Silver beginning July 4.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will follow “Lawrence” as the second 70-mm classic at the Silver, beginning a two-week revival on July 11. In the next several weeks the management will also be reviving Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, Lenny and All That Jazz, along with Rob Marshall’s Academy Award-winning film version of Chicago. A retrospective devoted the nine co-starring musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at RKO during the 1930s begins July 25.

Meanwhile, the inaugural edition of “Silverdocs,” a festival of documentary films co-sponsored by the AFI and the Discovery Channel, monopolizes the three screens at the Silver for the next four days. Admission for most screenings is $8.50. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is located at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. 301/495-6700.

Gary Arnold

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