- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Spirit of Ancient Colombian Gold marks the first time Colombia’s artistry in gold travels to the Washington area. Associated with the sun, gold had special associations with fertility and power. It was especially treasured for its symbolism, workmanship and color in decorations of priests’ and nobles’ robes and all kinds of personal adornments. Tenth Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except for New Year’s Day, through April 7. Free.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre is bridging the old and new years with tributes to the late screenwriter-producer Ernest Lehman and the Jim Henson Company. One of the conspicuous revivals in the Lehman series — the movie version of The Sound of Music, the Academy Award-winning mega-hit of 1965 — also serves as a memorial to director Robert Wise. Both Mr. Lehman and Mr. Wise died last summer.

Showings of “The Sound of Music” continue today through Sunday. North By Northwest and Family Plot also screen this weekend, recalling Mr. Lehman’s partnership with Alfred Hitchcock. The series continues through Jan. 20. Sabrina, The King and I, Hello, Dolly!, Sweet Smell of Success and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf are scheduled for revivals on subsequent weekends.

“The Myth and Magic of Jim Henson” continues for another week, with Labryinth and The Dark Crystal alternating on the bill. Both features are accompanied by shorts from the Henson inventory.

The AFI Silver Theatre is at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Admission is $7.50-$9.25. 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

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