- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Donald Duck? Could be, but look closely at Birdhouse: An Exhibition by Kaj Stenvall at the Embassy of Finland, and you’ll see a duck with an often humorous character all its own — rowing in “Strange Waters,” hugging his bed in “The Big, White Bed” and enjoying a drink at lakeside in “The Frequent Consumer Revisited.” Mr. Stenvall asks in the exhibit brochure, “Why do I, along with thousands of other Finns, find it easier to identify with a duck than my fellow man?” and proceeds to show us why. Mr. Stenvall’s duck is both human and humane. At the Embassy of Finland, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on selected dates (call for details) through May 13. Free. 202/298-5800. See finland.org or kajstenvall.com.

Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater resumes free repertory programming on Monday with Cecil Taylor: All the Notes, the first in a series devoted to film portraits of jazz musicians and scheduled for Mondays at 7 p.m. The first dramatic feature of the new season is Clash By Night, Fritz Lang’s 1952 movie version of the Clifford Odets play, booked for April 11 at 7 p.m. The Pickford Theater is on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Avenue SE. Seating is limited to 64. For advance reservations, call 202/707-5677 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Goethe-Institut of Washington will showcase recent experimental filmmaking in Germany with a series of Monday evening programs in April. The series begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday with a selection of seven shorts filmed between 1994 and 2004 and grouped under the topic World Views Imagery—. Admission is $4 to $6. 812 Seventh St. NW. 202/289-1200.

— Gary Arnold

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