- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Windows Into Heaven: Russian Icons, 1650-1917, a showing of 88 examples of Eastern Orthodox art at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, complements the fine group at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens collected by Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post and her then-husband, American ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph E. Davies. The “Windows” icons are from the collection of James and Tatiana Jackson and date to the time after the Great Schism in 1652 when traditional icon painting changed radically under Western influences. Mr. Jackson is president and CEO of Jackson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers of Fine Art and Antiques, Cedar Falls, Iowa. At the Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road NE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 17. Free. 202/635-5400.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Theater resumes programming in the National Theater auditorium at the Kennedy Center this week, with a series called “Second Chance,” designed to offer weeklong theatrical exposure to European titles that were never acquired by American importers. The first example is Mortal Transfer, a mystery melodrama from the French director Jean-Jacques Beineix, still best known for his debut feature of 1982, “Diva.” Admission is $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members. 202/785-4600.

Meanwhile, a revival series devoted to the nine musicals that starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at RKO in the 1930s begins tomorrow at the AFI Silver Theatre. Flying Down to Rio, which introduced the performers rather tentatively in subsidiary roles in 1933, has the first booking, at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. The chronology gets scrambled for the remainder of the series, which runs through Aug. 7. Carefree, released in 1938, the same year the original Silver began operation, screens Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Swing Time, circa 1936, at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is the best total immersion day in the series. It would be possible to see “Rio,” Top Hat and “Swing Time” over the course of eight hours. A panel discussion about the achievements of the Astaire-Rogers team will follow the 6:15 p.m. showing of “Swing Time.” Admission $8.50 and $7.50. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6700.

Gary Arnold

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