- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 8, 2004

As part of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ 30th anniversary, its Museum Studies Department has organized a celebratory exhibit titled 30/30: Homage to Inspiration. Displayed in the school’s gallery, the show honors such former Ellington School students as well-known artists Faith Ringgold, Joyce Wellman, Margo Humphrey and Simmie Knox. Miss Ringgold, a professor emeritus of art at the University of California at San Diego, is noted for her “painted story quilts” combining painting, quilted fabric and storytelling. Mr. Knox’s outstanding portraits of former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton are part of the White House’s noteworthy art collection. At the gallery, Ellington School, 3500 R St. NW. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Jan. 15. Free. 202/333-2555 and www.ellingtonschool.org.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress revives two of the famous John Ford-John Wayne Westerns, The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, today and tomorrow, respectively. They’ve been selected on this occasion to illustrate the topic “Movies and the Moral Life.” Both screenings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

It might be a more amusing intellectual challenge to reconcile the topic with a savory revival scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.: The Fleet’s In, the first of Paramount’s splashy musical revues of World War II. Released in 1942, this rollicking entertainment was directed by Austrian transplant Victor Schertzinger and showcased such Johnny Mercer tunes as “Tangerine,” “I Remember You” and a novelty number for a young force of nature named Betty Hutton, “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry.” Miss Hutton made her irrepressible debut in this picture, matched for the first time with an ideal romantic stooge, Eddie Bracken. The straight romantic leads are William Holden and Dorothy Lamour. The musical headliners also include Helen O’Connell, Cass Daley and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

Pickford programs are free, but seating is limited. Third floor theater, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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