- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2003

J. Seward Johnson Jr., best known in Washington for his monumental “Awakening” at Hains Point Park, gives French impressionist paintings a new life in the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Beyond the Frame: Impressionism Revisited, the Sculptures of J. Seward Johnson, Jr. The sculptor took Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” one of the city’s best loved paintings, and turned it into a room-sized tableau of carousing diners and drinkers. He also translated Edouard Manet’s “Olympia,” one of the world’s most sensuous nudes, into a haughty courtesan reclining in a richly decorated decorated boudoir. Join in the fun at the Corcoran, New York Avenue at 17th St. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday, until Thursday at 9 p.m. Closed Tuesday through Jan. 5. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 seniors with valid ID and members’ guests, $8 for families, free for members and children under 12. 202/639-1700.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Woody Allen’s “Hollywood Ending” was probably the most misreviewed enjoyable movie of 2002. The comedian was subjected to Dutch-uncle scoldings on several counts, ranging from his sad decline into a back number to the indecency of casting himself as a romantic consort for actresses half his age. Meanwhile, an exceptionally playful and enjoyable farce about the movie business got lost in the disapproval. Mr. Allen has revamped his basic comic persona several times, but one of the more clever revamps is evident in Anything Else, his comedy for 2003. Jason Biggs is recruited to play a younger update of Mr. Allen — an earnest and promising comedy writer called Jerry Falk — while the elder statesman promotes himself to entertaining emeritus status as a kibitzer called David Dobel, who bullies the easygoing Jerry toward independence from the opportunists and deadwood in his life. Voluble and breezy, the movie demonstrates that Woody Allen may still have plenty of amusing cards up his sleeve.

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre recalls the career of the late Katharine Hepburn during a tribute that consists of 15 titles, beginning this weekend with The African Queen, Pat and Mike, A Delicate Balance, Suddenly Last Summer and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The series concludes on Oct. 9. Highlights of the second weekend will include Adam’s Rib, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby and Long Day’s Journey into Night. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors (65 and over). Call 301/495-6700 for recorded program information.

— Gary Arnold

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