- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2006

Freer — A Taste for Japanese Art, an exhibit of 31 calligraphies, paintings, lacquers, wood sculptures and ceramics from the Freer Gallery of Art’s Japanese collection, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Charles Lang Freer’s gift of his personal collection and museum to the United States. Amassed in the 20 years following his first Japanese art purchase in 1887, these superb artworks include a 13th-century Buddhist narrative hand scroll and a calligraphy by famed calligrapher Hon’ami Koetsu. At the Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street Southwest, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. Free. 202/633-4880.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Library of Congress has dipped into its archives to revive 1958’s prestige television adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, a novel with a distinguished film history. The original film won the Academy Award as best picture in 1949, and a new movie version will be released this fall. The TV version, produced by David Susskind and directed by Sidney Lumet for NBC’s “Kraft Television Theatre,” was a two-installment special adapted by Don Mankiewicz; it starred Neville Brand and Maureen Stapleton. It will be revived tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Theater as part of a Pickford series about political melodramas and satires called “Get Out the Vote!”

Also on view at the Pickford: Franklin Schaffner’s 1964 film version of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Alexander Payne’s witty “Election” of 1999 on Aug. 4 at the same hour.

Admission is free to the Pickford, on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, but seating is limited to 60. Phone reservations may be made a week before any given show. Call 202/707-5677 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Gary Arnold

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