- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2005

California artist William T. Wiley has long entertained Americans with witty and challenging prints and drawings, but he’s rarely shown them in Washington. Now, the Corcoran Gallery of Art is setting the record straight with Current Evince: Selected Prints by William T. Wiley from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an exhibit of 41 prints that shows the philosophical intricacies and imaginative symbols of his art. For example, “Three Mile Island, Three Years Later” demonstrates his concern with America’s experiments with nuclear power. The Smithsonian museum lent these works to the Corcoran during its renovations for this display. At the Corcoran Gallery, New York Avenue at 17th Street NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays and until 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 12. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $8 adults, $6 seniors and U.S. military personnel, $4 students with current ID, $3 member guests, free for members and children under 12. “Pay as you wish” Thursdays after 5 p.m. 202/639-1700 or corcoran.org.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Any pretext will suffice for revisiting the best movies of the “Thin Man” series, sustained at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1934 to 1947. The current pretext at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre is the birth centennial of Myrna Loy, who joined William Powell as a model of marital sophistication in the team of Nora and Nick Charles. The revivals of the six movies in the series begin tomorrow at 5 p.m. with The Thin Man, which will be repeated Saturday at 1 p.m. and receive two additional screenings. The quality remained consistent through the first two sequels, After the Thin Man in 1936 and Another Thin Man in 1939. The former has its first showing Sunday at 3 p.m. The latter is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at 6:20 p.m. James Stewart had his most startling early role at MGM in “After the Thin Man.” The final movie, Song of the Thin Man, cast the young Dean Stockwell as the son of Nick and Nora. The series continues through Aug. 24. The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $9.25 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students, and seniors 65 and over. 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

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