- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2004

You have just two more days to view the Marsha Mateyka Gallery’s exhibit, L.C. Armstrong: Recent Paintings, one of the best ways of beating the winter blues right now. Visit the brilliantly colored exotic flowers that spread over intensely hued tropical lagoons while experiencing both spectacular sunsets and oncoming storms. At Marsha Mateyka, 2021 R St. NW. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The Armstrong exhibit runs through this Saturday. Free. 202/328-0088.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Cary Grant was born on Jan. 18, 1904, and the American Film Institute Silver Theatre will celebrate that centenary with “Cary! Cary! Cary!” The series consists of nine famous titles from the Grant inventory of 72 film roles, and begins with a showing of Only Angels Have Wings on Saturday and The Talk of the Town on Sunday. These are the Grant vehicles that co-starred Jean Arthur as his leading lady. The tribute extends through mid-February, closing with revivals of Charade on Feb. 16 and 18. The absence of the Grant-Katharine Hepburn titles may seem a little odd, but they’re being revived today on Turner Classic Movies as part of a tribute to Miss Hepburn. Plenty of year remains for additional installments of “Cary! Cary! Cary!”

The AFI Theater joins the Kennedy Center in its “Festival of France” cultural gala with six weeks of movie showings at both the AFI National Theater and the new Silver multiplex. The programs will be devoted almost exclusively to titles from the new wave inventory. Jeanne Moreau, who emerged as the leading muse of new wave directors in the late 1950s and early 1960s, is the subject of a retrospective that begins tomorrow, with a one-week revival of Francois Truffaut’s Jules and Jim at the AFI Silver. Daily programs begin at the National Theater on Wednesday, with showings of two recent pictures featuring Miss Moreau, Cet amour-la and a remake of Jean Cocteau’s Les parents terribles. The Moreau tribute, which consists of 11 titles, will be followed in two weeks by a retrospective devoted to director Alain Resnais.

The AFI National Theater is at the Kennedy Center (202/785-4600), and the AFI Silver Theatre at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring (301/495-6720). Tickets are $8.50 for the general public.

— Gary Arnold

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