- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Meridian International Center’s This Is Our Land: Discovering America and the World through Original Illustrations from Children’s Books presents 80 charming artworks illustrating life in 50 U.S. states and 20 nations around the world. Organized with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the traveling show aims to show children both their state’s and their country’s natural geographic wonders as well as their own towns. Images vary from Ho Baek Lee’s “While We Were Out” — a conte-crayon-marker-and-watercolor rabbit dressed in Korean costume — to Bill Farnsworth’s “Aurora Borealis! Northern Lights!” At Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries, 1624 Crescent Place NW, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays through April 30. Free. 202/939-5568 and www.meridian.org.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

About half the output of the Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse (1905-1969) survives. The American Film Institute Silver Theatre, the Freer Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art will be reviving 33 of those titles in a cooperative retrospective tribute that begins this weekend and continues through April. Three of the earliest pictures have prompt show dates: the silents Nightly Dreams and Flunky Work Hard screen tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium; Wife, Be Like a Rose!, a 1935 talkie that became the first Japanese import released in the United States, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the National Gallery’s East Building. All showings at these sites are free. The Freer is located at Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202/357-2700. The East Building is located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215.

The AFI Silver will concentrate on the Naruse domestic dramas of the 1950s, his most prominent and stylistically accomplished period. This body of work commences tomorrow with Husband and Wife, made in 1953, and continues Saturday and Sunday with Older Brother, Younger Sister from the same year. $9.25 for the general public and $7.50 for AFI members, students and seniors (65 and over). 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

Gary Arnold

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