- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Cultural Institute of Mexico’s The Dream of Earth: 21st Century Tendencies In Mexican Sculpture is an intriguing exhibit of ceramic sculptures by nine Mexican artists working with clay. The show includes the Rodin-like figures of Javier Marin, abstractions of urban landscapes by Paloma Torres, conceptual visions of plant growth by Adriana Margain and haunting, strange humans by Miriam Medrez. In their modern interpretations of ancient Mexican sculptural expressions in clay, such as those of the Mayans and Aztecs, these artists carry these older traditions into the present. At the Cultural Institute of Mexico, 2829 16th St. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Free. 202/232-8674.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre augments the campaign season with a “festival” of political comedies, selected in collaboration with members of the faculty at American University. The team of writer-director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi will introduce Silver City tonight, the day before its scheduled theatrical release. Additional participants in the series include journalist Joe Klein with the movie version of his roman a clef, Primary Colors, and director Barry Levinson with Wag the Dog. For complete programming information, visit the theater at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring or call 301/495-6720. Admission is $8.50 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors 65 and over.

— Gary Arnold

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