- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2005

From the seventh through eighth century, the powerful Huari empire — marked by its individualistic and brilliantly colorful textile arts — conquered a large section of what is now Peru. In Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles, the Textile Museum showcases the extraordinary tapestry-woven textiles that formed their garments and ceremonial cloths. At the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 p.m. through 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 15. Free; suggested donation $5. 202/667-0441.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The National Gallery of Art’s summer film preservation series, “From Vault to Screen,” showcases a collection of silent comedies made between 1916 and 1929 and recently restored by the Library of Congress. The Saturday afternoon program called A Slapsticon includes The Egg with Stan Laurel; Us, a Charley Chase spoof of the Lindbergh flight; and a Raymond Griffith version of the whodunit Trent’s Last Case. The free program, scheduled for 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building, will be enhanced by live organ accompaniment from Philip Cardi. Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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