- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The Textile Museum is famous for its collection of rare and prized fabrics, and almost nowhere has it shown it off better than in its current exhibit, Draped, Wrapped, & Folded: Untailored Clothing. Though the show’s title may be somewhat puzzling, there’s nothing mysterious about what these beautiful textiles are meant to do: In certain societies — among them those of Ghana and Guatemala — clothes convey messages about a wearer’s spiritual beliefs, sex, status and age. Exhibited here, among other unusual clothes, are huge wrappers worn by the Ewe chiefs and queens of Ghana that show their royal importance. At the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through June 6. Free, with a suggested donation of $5. 202/667-0441.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The clock is winding down for moviegoers who consider it important to bring informed and strictly personal opinions to Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast on ABC. The contenders for best film can still be found at area theaters: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Lost in Translation, Mystic River and Seabiscuit. The DVD editions of “Lost in Translation” and “Seabiscuit” are also in circulation, along with Pixar’s Finding Nemo, the favorite for best animated picture. Peter Jackson seems a safe choice as best director for “Return of the King.” Bill Murray in “Translation” and Sean Penn in “Mystic River” are expected to make best actor a close call. Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give could upset Charlize Theron in Monster for best actress. The supporting players with the best chances are believed to be Tim Robbins in “Mystic River” and Renee Zellweger in Cold Mountain.

— Gary Arnold

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