- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s East of Eden: Gardens in Asia evokes such landscapes as the biblical Eden that may have flourished at the present-day Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the craggy rocks of Chinese gardens and the luxuriant hunting parks of ancient Iran. All 67 of these paintings, ceramics, calligraphies and carpets depict their countries’ aesthetics in handsome and challenging ways. At the Sackler, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through May 13. Free. 202/633-4880.

— Joanna Shaw-Eagle

The major prize-winner at the recent Academy Awards, “The Departed,” was a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs. Now the American Film Institute Silver Theatre hosts a timely revival of this prototype, along with a pair of sequels quickly released in 2003 to capitalize on its popularity, during the next week. The entire cycle can be seen tomorrow for a single admission. The “Infernal” trilogy starts at 7 p.m. The original director was Andy Lau, who also played one of the leading roles. 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Admission is $7.50 to $9.25. 301/495-6700.

The Goethe-Institut is hosting a Monday night revival series this month that showcases several movies enhanced by musical themes from Richard Wagner. Called “Wagner in Hollywood,” it continues Monday at 6:30 p.m. with a showing of the 1944 mystery melodrama The Uninvited, which co-starred Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey. The 1946 update of Humoresque, written by Clifford Odets and featuring John Garfield and Oscar Levant as the resident classical musicians, is the selection for March 19. Apocalypse Now concludes the series on March 26. 812 Seventh St. NW. Admission is $4 to $6. 202/289-1200.

— Gary Arnold

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