Sunday, July 8, 2007


IS JACK SPARROW too postmodern a pirate for you? Want to spend time with a real swashbuckler who'd rather swing his cutlass and leap acrobatically than bat knowing eyelids at the audience? Silent movie screen star Douglas Fairbanks is your man. You can see him in flying action in 1924's "The Thief of Bagdad," one of the great spectacles of its time, which features airborne magic carpets, mythical sirens, oversize spiders and other phantasmagorical wonders. The silent film, presented with musical accompaniment, will screen Wednesday night at Films on the Hill's Capitol Hill location. It's part of a July series of swashbuckler films that include 1951's "Captain Horatio Hornblower" (shown Saturday ) starring Gregory Peck and 1938's "Kidnapped" (July 18) featuring Freddie Bartholomew.

-- Desson Thomson

At the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Call 202-547-6839 or Admission is $5. Films begin at 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before screening.


IN A MUSEUM SCENE THAT'S STARVED for great design, it's not often you get to study chairs by Marcel Breuer, buildings by Le Corbusier and a tea set by Russel Wright. Those are just a few of the most famous works in a landmark exhibition called "Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939," which closes in three weeks at the Corcoran. (It has tons of other gems that are not yet as well known.) Now is the perfect moment to go: You miss the crowds of the show's first weeks and the rush before its end. Time your visit right, and you might even get a few minutes alone with some of modernity's greatest creations.

-- Blake Gopnik

Through July 29 at the Corcoran Gallery, 500 17th St. NW. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $14; seniors and military, $12; students, $10; 6 and younger, free. 202-639-1700.


THIS SOUNDS MIGHTY INTERESTING-- and it's free! On Wednesday, Shallaway -- a chorus made up of young people from Newfoundland and Labrador -- will present a chamber opera titled "Ann and Seamus," with music by Stephen Hatfield, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The short opera, based on a book by Kevin Major, "tells the true story of 17-year-old Ann Harvey, who lived on Isle aux Morts on the treacherous southwest coast of Newfoundland." I tend to long for some of those Newfoundland breezes by mid-July, and this will likely be as close as we come.

-- Tim Page

At the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center. Wednesday night at 6. Admission is free. 2700 F St. NW. Information: 202-467-4600, or

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