- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s Gold — The Asian Touch celebrates the precious metal with 47 luxurious objects from across Asia. Drawing from the permanent collections of both the Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, “Gold” shows the metal’s many spectacular uses in objects as varied as a Japanese six-fold screen and Korean gilded silver spoons. This is the first in a series of Sackler exhibits focusing on the special uses of certain materials used in Asia. At the Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Feb. 19. Free. 202/633-1000 or www.asia.si.edu.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

About a dozen titles remain in the American Film Institute’s Latin American Film Festival, now its 16th annual renewal. This weekend’s selections at the AFI Silver Theatre include My Uncle Killed a Guy from Brazil, Additions and Subtractions from Colombia, My Best Enemy from Chile and the film-business satire @festivbercine.Ron from Mexico, set within the hoopla of an annual festival in Guadalajara. Tickets range from $7.50 to $9.25. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

The Mary Pickford Theatre at the Library of Congress is devoting a series to the late Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, who scored a number of famous movies. Empire of Passion screens today at 7 p.m. Two documentaries, Antonio Gaudi and Music for the Movies: Toru Takemitsu, share a bill Friday at the same hour. Akira Kurosawa’s Ran represents the series on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. All programs are free, but seating is limited to 64. Third floor theater of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue SE. 202/707-4604.

— Gary Arnold

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