- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

The National Gallery of Art’s exhibit “The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting” has been a hit since it opened in October, and its companion show, Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France, has been just as popular. “Printmaking” illustrates the beginning of the four-color printing process during the years of the French Enlightenment right up until the French Revolution. Master printmakers such as Le Blon, Janinet, Descourtis and Bonnet were some who pioneered the newly invented engraving and etching techniques for images of great beauty. At the National Gallery, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 16. Free. 202/737-4215.

—Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Washington Jewish Film Festival begins 10 days of programming this evening with a Spanish feature, “Samy y yo.” The 14th annual festival includes 40 titles drawn from 14 participating countries. Several screenings will be augmented by panel discussions or personal appearances by the filmmakers. The participating theaters are the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center; the American Film Institute Silver Theatre; the Avalon; the Goethe-Institut Washington; the auditorium of the National Gallery of Art’s East Building and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Programs are available at those sites. Admission for most showings is $9. Tickets for the opening and closing programs are $20 and $15, respectively. Program information is also available at the festival Web site, www.wjff.org, or by calling 202/777-3248.

— Gary Arnold

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