- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Though scholars have long held there’s no portrait tradition in Asia, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s Facing East: Portraits from Asia proves otherwise, with individualistic portraits from countries as far afield as China and India. Some 70 paintings, sculptures and photographs show how different a painting of a Chinese empress can be from a photograph of an Egyptian pharaoh. At the Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, through Sept. 4. Free. 202/633-4880.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The American Film Institute Silver Theatre has had several summer inspirations. A pair of Steven Spielberg classics that were once summer blockbusters will be revived for a week each. Raiders of the Lost Ark, now its 25th anniversary year, starts tomorrow and Jaws, originally released in 1975, July 14. Plus, overlapping retrospectives devoted to Stanley Donen and Audrey Hepburn and career tributes to David Lynch and the late Jim Henson mean intriguing prospects for double bills. This weekend mix Roman Holiday and “Raiders” or The Muppet Movie and On the Town. Next weekend you can juxtapose Singin’ in the Rain with “Jaws” or The Great Muppet Caper with The Elephant Man. And coming up later this month: David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and the next Woody Allen feature, Scoop. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7.50 to $9.25, with weekday matinee discounts. 301/495-6700 or afi.com/silver.

—Gary Arnold

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