- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Conceptual sculptor Yuriko Yamaguchi, well-known for her “metamorphosis series,” turns to a new “Web” project in her Yuriko Yamaguchi: Web exhibit at the Numark Gallery. Like the “metamorphosis” sculptures, her hundreds of hand-molded “eggs” of abaca fiber, wrapped in wet flax paper pulp and suspended on a long, funnel-shaped wire cage, evokes life’s constant flux. Mrs. Yamaguchi says a spider spinning its web to catch its prey inspired the site-specific work. At the Numark Gallery, 406 7th St. N.W. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through June 14. Free. 202/628-3810.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Before Maurice Chevalier returned to France and Jeanette MacDonald was matched with Nelson Eddy, they were paired for one of the most delightful and inventive musicals ever made: Love Me Tonight. Produced at Paramount, it is easy to credit it incorrectly to Ernst Lubitsch, who directed several Chevalier musicals in the same period. The Paramount sophistication in this case was orchestrated by Rouben Mamoulian, who also had a swell supporting cast at his disposal — Myrna Loy, Charles Ruggles, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Butterworth — and a Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart score that included “Lover,” “Isn’t It Romantic?” and Mr. Chevalier’s trademark “Mimi,” destined to be kidded by the Marx Brothers in “Monkey Business.” The showing of “Love Me Tonight” is scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the third-floor Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress, as part of a series devoted to movies of the early 1930s. Admission is free, but seating is limited to 64. James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue NE. 202/707-5677.

Gary Arnold

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