- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Textiles play a special role in the islands of Southeast Asia, as Textiles for This World and Beyond: Treasures from Insular Southeast Asia, at the Textile Museum, handsomely illustrates. Textiles are believed to be crucial to “adat,” the laws that maintain the balance of cosmic forces, and of life and death, surrounding these Malaysian and Indonesian peoples. For example, the Toraja of Sulawesi use elaborately made cloths in the complex funeral ceremonies that connect them with the dead. The wax-resist patterning technique known as batik is most identified with Indonesia, where it’s used for the national dress. At the Textile Museum, 2320 S Street SW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free with a suggested donation of $5. 202/667-0441 or www.textilemuseum.org.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Filmfest DC begins its first full day of programming with features from Argentina, India and Denmark at the Loews Cineplex Odeon Wisconsin Avenue. The 19th renewal of the festival includes series devoted to movies from China and India. The latter is represented this evening by one of the most famous Bollywood epics, Mughal-e-Azam, circa 1960, set for 7 p.m. at Wisconsin Avenue. Over 80 titles will be shown during the course of the festival, which continues through April 24. The principal screening sites will be the Avalon, Landmark E Street Cinema, Regal Gallery Place and Wisconsin Avenue. Tickets for most shows are priced at $9. Reservations can be made through Tickets.com. For festival information please call 202/628-FILM or consult the Web site, filmfestdc.org.

As a classic supplement to the festival, the management of the E Street Cinema will be reviving Akira Kurosawa’s great Seven Samurai. Matinee performances only are scheduled for the first week of the engagement, which starts tomorrow. Multiple daily showings are planned for April 22 and beyond. Still being enhanced 50 years later, the movie now includes a seemingly complete, uncensored set of subtitles for the Japanese dialogue.

— Gary Arnold

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