- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

One of the most famous and enjoyable craft events in the country, the Washington Craft Show, comes to the District tomorrow through Sunday. Among its innovative artists is glassmaker Elizabeth Ryland Mears, who makes glass “books” with daughter Lindsey. They combine sculpted glass forms with ambiguous sandblasted black-and-white images that decorate the wave-like pages. They are just two of 185 leading American artists from 36 states exhibiting glass, ceramics, basketry, furniture, fiber, jewelry, metal, wood, wearable art and more. At the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $12 general admission, $11 seniors, free to children under 12. 202/249-3000 and www.craftsamericashows.com.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Jamie Foxx may already have a commanding lead in the next Academy Award race for best actor on the strength of his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray.” Still, a group of biographical rivals approaches, all in films opening this weekend: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Liam Neeson as Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey in Kinsey and Colin Farrell as Alexander the Great in Alexander. “Finding Neverland” is predicated on a stirring half-fiction: that the playwright created “Peter Pan” in time for the Christmas season of 1904 in response to the losses that orphaned the four sons of an ill-fated couple named Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies. Barrie met the boys by chance and became devoted to the family. In fact both parents died, but in 1907 and 1910, after “Peter Pan” had become a huge theatrical and literary success. The idea of a famous play as an act of devotion and emotional consolation does give the movie a distinct sentimental appeal.

On the Waterfront returns in a 50th anniversary revival engagement at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre for a week, starting tomorrow. The Academy Award-winning picture of 1954, “Waterfront” also secured Oscars for Marlon Brando as best actor and Eva Marie Saint as best actress. Budd Schulberg’s saga of an ex-boxer, Terry Malloy, who turns on the labor racketeers who have been his lifelong patrons gave director Elia Kazan a fine vehicle for exploring crime and corruption on the New York docks. The AFI Silver is located 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). 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

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