- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Canadian photographer Barbara Cole tried many subjects — fashion, women and landscapes seen on her travels, female nudes inspired by the old masters — until she found her artistic focus: as she says, “to explore the sensation of looking at water from the inside out.” To create her Underwater series, on view at the Canadian Embassy’s art gallery, she swam alongside her models with a 35-mm camera and photographed them from above, below and their sides. To photograph her subjects from below, Miss Cole strapped a 10-pound weight to her stomach and shot upward. 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 27. Free. 202/4486255.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The “Films on the Hill” repertory program closes the month with 16mm revivals of W.C. Fields movies from the 1930s. A devoted Dickensian, Fields got the opportunity to portray Mr. Micawber in the 1935 David O. Selznick production of David Copperfield, which will be shown Friday at 7 p.m. In the same year, Fields co-starred with Bing Crosby at their home studio, Paramount, in the musical Mississippi, derived from a vintage Booth Tarkington play about showboat performers. It was reinforced with a song score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Mr. Crosby introduced “It’s Easy to Remember” as a result of this melodic collaboration, but he also antagonized the songwriters by insisting on the interpolation of some Stephen Foster numbers into the score. An estrangement lasted until 1942. “Mississippi” screens Wednesday at 7 p.m. This program will be augmented by the Fields two-reeler of 1932, The Dentist. Admission is $5. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh Street SE. 202/547-6839.

— Gary Arnold

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