- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry, at the newly opened Donald W. Reynolds Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is the only exhibit of the opening festivities to honor a living Washington artist. Known for the spiritual evocations of his childhood home in Hale County, Ala., the artist has spent the last 50 years calling up Hale County’s spirit — as with this installation of more than 60 photographs, drawings, paintings, prints and constructions of small buildings. He chose the works — many of which are shown for the first time — as well as the complementary pieces in the adjoining gallery of folk art. Eighth and F streets NW, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Free. 202/357-1729.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Entertainment spectacle at its most inventive and accomplished, embodied this summer by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” was exemplified in 1962-63 by David Lean’s sophisticated Lawrence of Arabia, which became the class attraction of the year and eventually dominated the Academy Awards. In plenty of time for comparison with “Pirates” in its current run, “Lawrence” returns for a revival engagement at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre, where it can be rediscovered Sundays at 7 p.m. in an optimum 70mm presentation. The showings begin this weekend and continue every Sunday through Sept. 3. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7.50-$9.25. 301/495-6700.

— Gary Arnold

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