- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

“Artists’ books” are still a kind of mystery for the general public, but The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts should clear up questions about the sometimes controversial art form. The museum says the books can be defined as art objects in the book form — such as the traditional codex, the unfolding accordion book, scrolls, and many more. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 4. Tickets $6 to $8; admission free to members and youths under 18. 202/783-5000.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

November is always a veterans’ commemoration month at the National Archives and some vintage documentary titles of World War II and later are being revived as part of the observances. The Fighting Lady, a portrait of the USS Yorktown in combat in the Pacific, was the Academy Award-winning documentary feature of 1944. Booked for today at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater, a film print incorporates some of the most impressive and stirring color footage of naval operations to emerge from World War II.

The Archives turns to video copies in three other programs. Frank Capra’s The Negro Soldier, a 1944 installment of his “Why We Fight” series, is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. A trio of shorts will be shown Tuesday at the same hour. The program continues Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. with John Ford’s 1950 project, This Is Korea!

All programs are free and open to the public. Pennsylvania Avenue and Eighth Street NW. 202/501-5000.

— Gary Arnold

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