- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Mixing Japanese and Latin American aesthetics may seem unusual, but the Nikkei-Latin American artists currently at the Inter-American Development Bank’s Cultural Center make a great success of it. The exhibit, Nikkei-Latin American Artists of the 20th Century, Featuring Artists of Japanese Descent from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru, features elegant and expressive works by 10 artists — Kasuya Sakai (of Argentina); Tikashi Fukushima, Manabu Mabe, Tomie Ohtake, Yutaka Toyota and Kazuo Wakabayashi (all from Brazil); Luis Nishizawa (Mexico); and Arturo Kubotta, Carlos Runcie Tanaka and Venancio Shinki (all from Peru). IDB Cultural Center Gallery, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through April 29. Free. 202/623-1213.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Last call for those who might be curious to see the major Academy Award nominees before Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony. It’s difficult to identify a favorite among the candidates for Best Picture: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Ray and Sideways. All remain in local theatrical circulation and “Ray” is also available on DVD. The prestige finalists a year ago were self-evident: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” The work of directors from New Zealand and Australia, respectively, they left competing American productions at a disadvantage. This year, a weaker field should ensure a hometown winner.

— Gary Arnold

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