- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The 48th Corcoran Biennial: Closer to Home is a real winner. The Corcoran Gallery of Art event was first put on in 1907 and designed to focus on the best of American art. This year’s show carries on the tradition. It’s a wonderful melange of very different kinds of art such as the Rev. Ethan Acres’ room-sized “Fall of Babylon,” George Condo’s disturbing humanoids and Dana Schutz’s even more disturbing gigantic woman of “Twin Parts.” At the Corcoran, New York Avenue at 17th Street NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays, closed Tuesdays, through June 27. $6.75 adults, $4.75 seniors, $3 students with current ID, $12 families. 202/639-1700 or www.corcoran.org.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Library of Congress revisits movie versions of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker today and a week from Friday. The 1958 adaptation of the play directed by Joseph Anthony, with Shirley Booth, Paul Ford, Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Perkins in principal roles, will be shown today at 7 p.m. Gene Kelly’s 1969 musical production of Hello, Dolly!, co-starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau, gets a 6:30 p.m. start on April 8. Library showings are free, but seating is limited to 64. Mary Pickford Theater, third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue NE. 202/707-4604.

The National Gallery of Art supplements its Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition with a brief revival series called “Cabaret and Cafe,” recalling the romance and lore of the Moulin Rouge in particular. A silent Moulin Rouge, directed in 1928 by E.A. Dupont, headlines a free double-bill Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The second feature is The Girl from Maxim’s, an adaptation of the Feydeau comedy directed in France by Alexander Korda in 1932. Coming up are Baz Luhrmann’s recent Moulin Rouge, screening at 2 p.m. April 9, and a rare revival of the 1922 silent, Queen of the Moulin Rouge, at 4:30 p.m. the same afternoon. Jean Renoir’s Nana of 1926 concludes the series on April 10 at 4:30 p.m. All programs are free. Auditorium of the East Building, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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