The Chilean film "Machuca," with a discussion afterward, will be shown Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theater in Northwest Washington. The Sept. 4 Sunday Arts section incorrectly said the event was scheduled for Thursday. (Published 9/7/2005)
NEW YORKER JIM HODGES is most famous for a kind of decorative scatter art. For stringing together the petals from plastic flowers, for instance, and turning them into a kind of veil or waterfall that fills one corner of a room. A new, billboard-size work that the artist has given to the Hirshhorn Museum, and that is now hanging on the building's south facade, seems typical Hodges -- and also a surprise. A sheet of white vinyl, 35 by 70 feet, is covered with a filigree of delicate markings. Lines squiggle across the surface in fluorescent green, cherry red, Creamsicle orange, sky blue and black. This time, however, instead of feel-good petals, Hodges's "decoration" is made up of words: He got more than 90 U.N. delegates to write "Don't be afraid" in their native languages and scripts, then blew their scrawls up to fill a wall. It's a perfect Washington work, asking art to keep our spirits armed against prophets of doom.
-- Blake Gopnik
"Don't Be Afraid" will be on public view at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW, through spring 2006. Call 202-633-1000 or visit www.hirshhorn.si.edu.
THE UNITED STATES IS not the only country for which the date Sept. 11 lives in infamy. On Sept. 11, 1973, the forces of Augusto Pinochet, with clandestine assistance from Henry Kissinger's State Department, wrested control of the country from the Marxist -- but democratically elected -- administration of Salvador Allende.
This takeover is the dramatic linchpin for the film "Machuca," about two Chilean boys whose class differences land them on opposite sides of the political divide. Andres Wood's 2004 film, which was Chile's Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film, will be followed by a discussion moderated by local film producer Aviva Kempner. Speakers include Alex Foxley, economic officer of the Embassy of Chile; John Dinges, author of "The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents"; and human rights activist Veronica De Negri.
-- Desson Thomson
At the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $12. For more information, visit www.theavalon.org or call 202- 966-6000.
LONG BEFORE HE BECAME a purveyor of English-language fluff, Marc Anthony was a phenomenally popular salsero -- the world's top-selling tropical-music artist, with salsa hits like "Y Hubo Alguien" and "Hasta Ayer" and enough of a stateside following that, in 1997, he became the genre's first star to sell out New York's Madison Square Garden. Then, Anthony covered Journey's "Faithfully" -- and all bets were off. But on the new tour "Juntos en Concierto" (Together in Concert), which features three top-selling Latin idols -- Anthony, the popster Chayanne and ranchero star Alejandro Fernandez -- Anthony is back to performing mostly en espanol, from his early hits to more recent fare like "Celos" and "Ahora Quien." With his celebrity wife, Jennifer Lopez, likely watching from the wings, Anthony is expected to make at least a small nod to his more recent crossover career, with his hit "I Need to Know." Otherwise, expect him to stick to his salsa roots -- a smart move, in any language.
-- J. Freedom du Lac
At Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow. Saturday at 7 p.m. $30-$125. Call 202-397-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.