- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Visit M.L. Van Nice’s The Library at Wadi ben Dagh installation at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and you’ll find an intriguing “library” of altered and handmade artist’s books. Created by an anonymous personage the artist calls “Woman Doe,” the library and its books pose more questions than they answer — but it’s great fun trying to figure them out. At 1250 New York Ave. NW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 6. $10 adults, $8 students with a valid ID and visitors 60 and over, free for youth 18 and under and members. Free Community Days for the exhibit are the first Sunday and Wednesday of the month. 202/783-5000 and www.nmwa.org.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre is hosting retrospectives devoted to a pair of actors who died prematurely: Italy’s Massimo Troisi and Hollywood’s James Dean. Both series have already begun and continue through the rest of the month. A pair of Troisi titles, I Thought It Was Love and Nothing Left To Do But Cry, carry over into the first week of July. The latter is a co-starring vehicle with Roberto Benigni, a time-travel farce originally released in 1985. Mr. Troisi’s last movie, Il Postino, a major hit in 1994, is being revived this weekend. The famous Dean movies can be seen chronologically: East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause will be shown several times over the next week. Giant gets a final showing this coming Monday. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $9.25 for the general public. 301/495-6720 or www.afi.com/silver.

Gary Arnold

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