- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 26, 2003

Horace Day, acclaimed painter from Alexandria, vividly portrayed the city in the 1960s and 1970s. His work is chronicled in the Lyceum’s exhibit Horace Day: An Artist in Alexandria, 1967-1984. Born in China in 1909 and raised there, Mr. Day lived in Alexandria for the last 17 years of his life until his death in 1984. His work showed a city of elegance and decline. He created portraits of Alexandria’s black and white residents, as well as lush landscapes and still-lifes. At the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 1. Free. 703/838-4994.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Jet Lag envisions the beginning of a potentially redemptive love affair between Juliette Binoche, a beautician, and Jeno Reno, a chef, who meet by chance at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris and get stuck there, due to strikes by rail workers and air traffic controllers. Miss Binoche borrows Mr. Reno’s cell phone, and then he offers to share his room at a neighboring Hilton. That interlude backfires, but director Daniele Thompson engineers some kind of sleight-of-hand in which a flurry of separations results in a closer emotional bond. By the time it lilts to a fadeout, this rather dubious romantic comedy leaves you in an unreasonably happy mood. The rapport and professionalism of the co-stars account for some of the elation, but it’s also a product of graceful direction and an infectious score by Eric Serra.

The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress concludes its spring cycle of programs tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a revival of The Party, Blake Edwards’ most capricious and fitfully winning vehicle for Peter Sellers apart from the Inspector Clouseau farces. Released in 1968, it combined the Edwards flair for party slapstick with the Sellers specialty of an Indian accent. He is cast as a visiting Indian actor who attempts to make himself ingratiating at a Hollywood party, where he seems to be a total stranger. The Pickford is located on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Avenue SE. Admission is free but seating is limited to 64. 202/707-5677.

Gary Arnold

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