- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Prominent local sculptor Janos Enyedi celebrates American industrial operations and innovatively documents several in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia in his current show at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Janos Enyedi, The American Industrial Landscape Reconstructed: Power, Steel and Concrete. To simulate industrial steps such as crushing piles of rocks in the concrete production process, he uses digital images built out with illustration board for both large and small 3-D sculptures. The fiery-looking “Morgan 350 Ton” shows the charm and deceptiveness of Mr. Enyedi’s technique; while the sculptures look like steel, they’re made of carefully decorated paper. At Kathleen Ewing, 1609 Connecticut Ave. NW. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays through Feb. 26. 202/328-0955.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

In the Realms of the Unreal, exclusively at the Landmark E Street Cinema, delves into the private world of a self-taught naive artist, the late Henry Joseph Darger (1892-1972), a Chicago recluse who compiled a vast collection of drawings and yarns in his small apartment while toiling by day as a custodian in a Catholic charity home. Mr. Darger evolved a distinctive approach to fantasy, influenced by such sources as the Oz books and magazine illustration. Filmmaker Jessica Yu derives her title from his magnum opus, an illustrated adventure epic that reached 15,000 pages while chronicling the exploits of seven valorous sisters, the Vivian Girls. If you ever brood about the forms imagination might take if cocooned in near solitude, the Darger holdings supply one haunting answer.

The Mary Pickford Theater adds a series called “Set in D.C.” to its ongoing film programs for the winter and spring. Gabriel Over the White House, which starred Walter Huston as a president, circa 1935, who experiences a suspicious personality change after an alarming disappearance, will be revived tomorrow at 7 p.m. Otto Preminger’s durably entertaining movie version of the Allen Drury best-seller Advise and Consent, a big attraction of 1962, will be shown Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. All Pickford screenings are free, but seating is limited to 64. Third floor, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202/707-4604.

Gary Arnold

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