- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Washington old-timer Walter Kravitz’s darkly convoluted drawings at the Parker Gallery look like horrific human figures merging with medieval landscapes and connecting back again. Known for public art projects, Mr. Kravitz presents his rarely shown evocative drawings of charcoal, graphite, watercolors and ink. Only a deeply imaginative master of line could call up the darker recesses of the soul with works titled “Death of a Place,” “Lord’s Excavation” and “The Saint and the Dragon,” among others. At the Parker Gallery, 629 New York Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through March 4. 202/628-1734.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

“Quixotic” is the word for any movie company that embarks on a film version of Laurence Sterne’s comic novel Tristram Shandy, published serially between 1759 and 1767. The British director Michael Winterbottom and screenwriter Martin Hardy have attempted to finesse this transposition by blending costume highlights from the discursive source material with present-tense episodes about the members of a film company shooting a production of “Shandy.” Though not exactly a solution, it’s a fake out that might work. Comedian Steve Coogan has a dual role: a self-caricature named Steve Coogan and the novel’s title character, who spends countless chapters in embryo but is mostly preoccupied with the wrangles between his incorrigible dad and incorrigible Uncle Toby, a hobbyist devoted to the study of medieval fortifications. Jeremy Northam plays a facetious replica of Mr. Winterbottom. The Avalon hosts the movie’s Washington engagement.

— Gary Arnold

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