- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

As one of five grand opening exhibitions at American University’s just opened Katzen Arts Center, works by Californian Bruce Conner and his associates may be the most puzzling — and the most rewarding. Their inked and penciled “inkblots” may look random but are actually carefully planned with a ruler and paper scorer. In his show After Bruce Conner: Anonymous, Anonymouse, and Emily Feather, Mr. Conner uses ink on paper to create dreamlike “blots” such as “Garden Lanterns,” “Fireworks” and “Checkerboard.” At the Katzen Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays, through Dec. 17. Free. 202/885-1300.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Les Enfants du Paradis, or “Children of Paradise,” returns for a 60th anniversary revival this weekend as part of the American Film Institute Silver Theatre series French Cinema Under the Occupation. Showings are scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The running time is 195 minutes. The most ambitious collaboration of screenwriter Jacques Prevert and director Marcel Carne, the film began production in August 1943. It’s a sumptuous and haunting evocation of theatrical and criminal subcultures in Paris of the 1840s and probably the finest work of dramatic literature ever contrived expressly for the movies. $9.25 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students or seniors (65 and over). 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

Gary Arnold



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