- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2003

On Jan. 13, 1903, 100 Korean immigrants arrived in Honolulu and became the first settlers of their nationality to land in American territory. Dreams and Reality: Korean-American Art Exhibition Celebrating 100 Years of Korean Immigration to America, is the Smithsonian Institution’s tribute to these peoples at its Ripley Center International Gallery. The show presents 18 artists and their differing views on what it means to be an immigrant artist. Komelia Hongja Okim, a professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at Montgomery College, recently spent a year in Korea on a Fulbright grant and put together part of the show while there. She includes David Y. Chung, a Washington artist known for his often violent interpretations of Korean and American interaction, and Yong Jin Han, who looks to the traditional Korean love of stone for creating sculpture. At the International Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 19. Free. 202/357-2700.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Thirteen, co-written by co-star Nikki Reed when she was 13, follows a good girl named Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) who goes bad after she strikes up a dangerous friendship with her school’s most popular girl (Miss Reed). What’s worse, Tracy’s mom (Holly Hunter) is as much of a child as her daughter is, her father offers little beyond the occasional phone call to beg off his weekend duties, and the only other male figure in her life is mom’s itinerant beau, who slips in and out of halfway houses. Tracy’s slide from innocence to sexually freighted vulgarity seems all too easy, but it’s startling nevertheless. First-time director Catherine Hardwicke, winner of the Sundance Directing Award for the film, proves an able storyteller with a gift for tiny, telling moments. The film itself is a powerful wake-up call that might prompt even social liberals to take a hard second look at the ever-compounding permissiveness of today’s youth culture.

— Christian Toto

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