- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 1, 2006

The Textile Museum’s Seldom Seen: Director’s Choice From the Museum’s Collections shows Director Daniel Walker’s culling of 28 textiles from the 17,000-object permanent collection. He says he selected pieces according to their strong visual attractions through form and color and the uniqueness of the underlying idea, from countries as far apart as Japan and African nations. The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through July 30. Recommended donation of $5. 202/667-0441.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Last call for catching up with major Academy Award contenders before the presentation of the Oscars on Sunday evening. Four of the best-movie finalists remain in first-run engagements: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night, and Good Luck and Munich. The fifth, Crash, was released early in 2005 and has been in video distribution for some time. In the finals for best animated feature, it’s a year without an entry from Pixar or an American-made Disney release. Up for awards are the Japanese import Howl’s Moving Castle (acquired by Disney), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. In the wake of the Pixar-Disney merger, this may be the last time relative outsiders have the competition to themselves.

— Gary Arnold

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