- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The works in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture express the current ambiguity of our society and of three-dimensional forms. The show’s nine sculptors attempt to imply not only the confusion of our times — nuclear threats, fear of the unknown, global politics — but also how unusual combinations of materials such as cellophane, glass, wood dowels, neon lights and fabrics show the changeable nature of sculpture as an art form. At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street SW, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 7. Free. 202/633-1000.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The 19th annual renewal of the European Union Film Showcase begins today at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and continues through Nov. 19. This year?s event consists of 27 features from 21 countries. Finland is responsible for the opening night attraction, Mother of Mine, which was the country?s official entry for Academy Award consideration a year ago. The closing selection, from the United Kingdom, is better known: the movie version of Alan Bennett?s theatrical comedy The History Boys, directed by Nicholas Hytner, who retained the original cast members.

Ten of the festival movies have been acquired for American release this fall or winter. A handful are already part of the preliminary selection process for the 2006 Academy Award as best foreign language film.

Tickets for festival programs are $7.50 to $9.25, with discounts for weekday showings before 6 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the theater box office or through afi.com/silver. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301/495-6720.

— Gary Arnold

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