- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Of all the main philosophies of China — Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism — the first is the least known in the West. The Freer Gallery is now setting the record straight with its exquisite Daoism in the Arts of China, a show of superbly painted “paradises” and “immortals” from that school of thought. At the Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m daily. Through June 10. Free. 202/633-4880.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

A brief series devoted to recent Iranian films has begun at the Freer Gallery and continues weekends in the Meyer Auditorium through Feb. 18. This weekend’s selection, The Willow Tree, written and directed by Majid Majidi, concerns a noted scholar and poet who seizes the opportunity to correct his blindness and returns home after a successful operation in Paris. Admission is free but tickets are distributed an hour prior to showtimes, 7 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. on Sunday. 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202/633-4880.

A survey of German-language features occupies one auditorium of the Landmark E Street Cinema for the next week. The first selection, Andreas Dresen’s Summer in Berlin, will be enhanced by a personal appearance from the filmmaker, who plans to discuss his work with host Eddie Cockrell following the 7 p.m. screening. The series is being co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Embassy and the Embassy of Switzerland. Tickets are $6.75 to $9.50. The Landmark E Street Cinema is at 555 11th St. NW. For additional information, call the Goethe-Institut at 202/289-1200.

— Gary Arnold

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