- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 9, 2004

North Carolina watercolorist Anastasia Carson, whose exhibit opens tomorrowat Alexandria’s Miller Fine Art, brings an innovative, bold approach to her studies of sunflowers, daffodils, hydrangeas, hibiscus, roses — and other varieties of colorful posies. In this “Celebration of Summer” exhibit, the artist gains a striking immediacy by pushing the larger-than-lifesize flower images up close to the picture plane. Other images, meanwhile, seem to fall out of the painting when she dramatically cuts the flowers off near the painting’s edge. At Miller Fine Art, 113 South Columbus St., Alexandria. Free. 703/838-0006.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art are hosting a free series devoted to recent Indian films throughout the month. The contrasts between commercial and art-house fare is illustrated this weekend by “Anything Can Happen,” scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m., and “The Lady of the House,” set for Sunday at 2 p.m. Shashanka Ghosh, the director of the former, based in Bombay, is lauded as a “hip Bollywood hybrid” of MTV and Quentin Tarantino. Rituparno Ghosh, the director of the latter, based in Calcutta, is praised for emulating such Satyajit Ray classics as “Charulata” and “The Music Room.” The series, “Cinema India,” concludes July 1, with a 7 p.m. showing of Gautam Ghosh’s “In the Forest Again,” which reassembles the cast of Mr. Ray’s haunting “Days and Nights in the Forest” for a generation-after sequel. Mr. Ghosh and leading lady Sharmila Tagore will attend that screening. Meyer Auditorium. No admission price, but reserved tickets should be requested at the information desk. Jefferson Drive & 12th Street SW. 202/357-2000

— Gary Arnold

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