- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 8, 2004

At first glance, the artwork of silkscreen print artist Lou Stovall and painter and printmaker A. Brockie Stevenson, on display at Bethesda’s Strathmore Hall, seem worlds apart. On closer examination, their love for and use of such geometries as circles, rectangles and squares clearly reveal themselves — in Mr. Stevenson’s distilling of his Glen Echo neighbors’ white clapboard houses and in Mr. Stovall’s encircling of colorful silkscreened flowers and intricately drawn trees. The shining homes appear to emerge from cubes set one against another or from a single cube with strong vertical and horizontal lines that delineate its windows, doors and shutters. By contrast, silkscreen artist Stovall encircles his birds, hearts and flowers as allegorical symbols of love. At Strathmore Hall, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 6.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

George Lucas’ pictorially inventive first feature, THX-1138, expanded in 1971 from a precocious short made at the University of Southern California film school, is being revived exclusively at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre starting tomorrow. Restored under the director’s supervision, the movie is also being shown through a digital projection system. Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence were the co-stars of Mr. Lucas’ dystopian fable, which found some occasions for deadpan slapstick while depicting a severely regimented and dehumanized civilization of the future. The AFI’s revival engagement anticipates the release of a deluxe DVD edition of the film this month. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

The National Gallery of Art hosts a rare tribute to the Russian filmmaker Boris Barnet (1902-1965), who emerged as a distinctive humorist at the end of the silent period. A collection of seven titles begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building with a 1924 social satire, The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks, directed by Mr. Barnet’s mentor, Lev Kuleshov. Two noted Soviet directors, Mr. Barnet and Vsevolod Pudovkin, have principal roles. Mr. Barnet’s first feature, Girl With the Hat Box, circa 1927, shares a bill with The House on Trubnaya Square, made the following year, Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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