- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 3, 2004

You have just a couple of weeks to see the charming Indigenous Presence in Bolivian Folk Art: A Celebration of Everyday Life at the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank. Through some 50 folk objects such as the comically threatening “Devil Mask — Lucifer, Devil Dance” of plaster, cardboard, glass and sequins; the stylized animal-decorated “Aqsu (Skirt) jalq’a” of sheep’s wool; and the “Mirror ‘Quena Quena’ Dance Headdress” of feathers, cardboard and reeds, the exhibit shows the extraordinary range and imaginative breadth of these folk artisans. At the IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Nov. 19. Free. 202/623-3558.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Incredibles keeps the enviable Pixar winning streak intact while risking the possibility of overfamiliarity. The characters and situations are derived from comic books and adventure thrillers, but electing to compete with the likes of “Spy Kids” and “Spider-Man” hasn’t cramped Pixar ingenuity or dynamism in the slightest. Brad Bird wrote and directed this clever pastiche of superhero fiction, inventing a delightful family of five concealed as the suburban Parrs: father Bob, mother Helen and offspring Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack. Years earlier the parents foiled villains as the ultra-muscular Mr. Incredible and ultra-flexible Elastigirl. Now circumstances force them out of retirement and into whirlwind feats of pursuit and self-defense. The PG rating reflects perilous situations and explosive encounters rather than any fundamental change in Pixar cheerfulness and decency.

— Gary Arnold



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