The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery has mounted a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of Yemeni art from the ancient, incense-wealthy kingdoms of Saba (the biblical Sheba), Qataban and Himyar. Titled Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade, the show gathers 132 of the best archaeological objects from museums around the world and features representations of Yemeni gods, goddesses, kings and beautifully inscribed writings. At the Sackler, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Sept. 11. Free. 202/633-4880 or www.asia.si.edu.
— Joanna Shaw-Eagle
The parade of quality documentary features keeps marching along. The latest example is Murderball, which compresses a couple of years spent in the company of members of the American quad rugby team, a sport played on basketball courts between four-man teams in customized wheelchairs. The title borrows an outmoded nickname for the sport. Initially the team members train to defend their world championship in Sweden in 2002. In the aftermath, they gear up for a rematch against Canada in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. The rivalry is embodied most intensely in American striker Mark Zupan and Canadian coach Joe Soares, who had left the American team on bad terms. The stories of the injuries and recoveries experienced by individual players are exceptionally stirring.
— Gary Arnold