- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Japanese post-World War II photographer Shomei Tomatsu currently shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in his first major retrospective in the United States, Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation. Noted for poetically photographing both the old and new Japan, he pictures them in deceptively simple terms — a glass bottle from Nagasaki melted in the heat of the atomic bomb, the sexual excesses of Toyko’s Shinjuku’s neighborhood and a U.S. Navy officer in dress whites and medals. At the Corcoran Gallery, 17th Street at New York Avenue NW. Open daily except Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29. $6.75 adults, $4.75 seniors, $3 students, $12 families. Free for members and children under 12. Admission is “pay as you wish” on Monday all day and on Thursday after 5 p.m. 202/639-1700. www.corcoran.edu.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The third annual edition of Silverdocs, a festival of recent documentary features and shorts co-sponsed by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel, begins a six-day engagement at the AFI Silver Theatre on Tuesday. A “pre-festival event” jumps the official start date, so this Saturday and Sunday you can see revivals at 3 p.m. of the famous Depression era documentaries The River and The Plow that Broke the Plains, with live orchestral accompaniment of their musical scores, composed by Virgil Thomson. Admission for these programs is $25. Prices are also elevated for the opening and closing night selections, Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream at $45 and James Dean: Forever Young at $25. Most Silverdocs screenings are priced at $9, with discounts for members, students, seniors and military personnel. Four categories of festival passes will cover seminars or multiple screenings at a discounted rate. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 866/758-7327 or www.silverdocs.com.

— Gary Arnold

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