- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Arts of Guyana: A Multicultural Caribbean Adventure, at the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank, is indeed an adventure, spotlighting Guyanese Amerindian fiber objects such as serving dishes and colanders, and sculptures, paintings, fiber and leather arts by contemporary, multicultural Guyanese. Squeezed between Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana has produced artists who reflect their varied backgrounds — African, indigenous American, Indian and European — with paintings such as “Birth of the Lotus” by Bernadette Persaud, whose family came from India, or “Swamp Birds” by native Guyanan Stanley Greaves, and sculptures like “Wata Mama” by Philip Moore, who was influenced by African art. At the IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 11. Free. 202/623-1213.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Indian Embassy will devote Friday evenings this month to a free series about the tradition of so-called Bollywood movies, the Bombay-based genre that has mixed melodrama, soap opera and musical spectacle for three generations. The free programs begin tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. with a showing of Guide, originally released in 1965. A lecture on the topic “Bollywood and the Indian Unconscious” will follow at the same hour on June 9. The speaker will be Dr. Salman Akhtar, professor of psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Two films from the 1950s, Do Bigha Zamin and Shree 420, are scheduled for June 16 and 23, respectively.

Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-served, but seating is limited, so it may be advisable to call ahead. Please contact the cultural affairs officer of the Indian Embassy, Anuja Chowdhry, at 202/939-7070. Chancery Building, 2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

The National Gallery begins a retrospective tribute to the Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos this weekend. Subtitled “Myth and History,” the series recalls career landmarks over the past 30 years, beginning Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with The Traveling Players, circa 1975. The concluding feature, The Weeping Meadow, scheduled for June 25, updates the Angelopoulous filmography to 2004. Admission is free to the auditorium of the East Building, but limited seating often makes an early arrival advisable. Constitution Avenue and Fourth Street Northwest. 202/842-6799.

— Gary Arnold

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