- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Saul Steinberg, of New Yorker magazine fame, is currently featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Saul Steinberg: Illuminations, the first major survey of his drawings, collages and sculptural assemblages. Regarded as one of the finest draftsmen of our times, Mr. Steinberg (1914-1999) spoofed locations as far apart as Wyoming, Switzerland, Albania and — with his famous “View of the World from 9th Avenue” — New York City. Eighth and F streets Northwest. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through June 24. 202/633-7970 or americanart.si.edu.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

Filmfest DC, the 21st annual renewal of the Washington International Film Festival, begins today with a preview showing of La Vie en Rose, a biographical portrait of singer Edith Piaf, at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre. The movie’s theatrical opening is expected in early June. The principal venue for the festival, which runs through April 29, will be the Wisconsin Avenue multiplex in Northwest Washington.

French movies will be showcased throughout the festival, which includes new features directed by Alain Resnais and Costa-Gavras and will close with an anthology titled Paris, je t’aime, in which 20 directors contribute brief impressions of the city.

Tickets for most programs are $9. They can be purchased in advance at tickets.com or by calling 800/955-5566. For information call 202/628-FILM. The festival Web site — filmfestdc.org — features a complete schedule of screenings, panel discussions and other festival programs.

— Gary Arnold

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