- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

In 1966, workers leveling a school sports field in Qingzhou, a city in Shandong Province in China’s far northeast, found a huge pit containing some 400 limestone statues that had been ritually buried during the 12th century. In a find that rivals the sensational discovery of the “First Emperor’s Terracotta Soldiers” near Xian, the statues — all broken before their interment — represented the best of the sculptural styles of the Northern Wei (386-534), Eastern Wei (534-550) and Northern Qi (550-577) dynasties. Now, fortunately for Washington, 35 of these rare gilded and brilliantly painted 6th-century Chinese Buddhist statues are displayed in Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The Sackler exhibit is the only venue for the show in this country. 1050 Independence Avenue SW. 10 am. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 8. Free. 202/357-2700.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

A “Reel Journalism Film Festival” at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre this weekend will include showings of three movies — Broadcast News tomorrow at 7 p.m., Shattered Glass on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and The Killing Fields on Sunday at noon — that will be augmented by discussion groups that include the prototypes for characters in the films. In addition, a Saturday presentation of All the President’s Men at 7:15 p.m. will be followed by a discussion that includes Leonard Garment, a former special counsel to President Nixon, and Leonard Downie, executive editor of The Washington Post. The 1931 movie version of The Front Page and Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole will also be revived on Saturday. The Sunday bookings include The Year of Living Dangerously and Under Fire. The AFI Silver Theatre is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Tickets are $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students, and seniors 65 and over. 301/495-6700.

— Gary Arnold

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