Arts Desk

Openings: Ron K. Brown and Evidence, Iranian Film Festival

What's new this weekend in local arts

Brooklyn-based choreographer Ron K. Brown brings his company, Evidence, to perform to the music of Stevie Wonder. Wonder and Brown have collaborated before, and this modern troupe promises a unique interpretation of Wonder's works, including "You and I" and "Jesus Children of America." The company performs Feb. 1 at  8 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. $20-$35.

The 17th annual Iranian Film Festival, co-sponsored by the ILEX Foundation, begins this weekend. The festival features several award-winning films in varied genres, including No Men Allowed, a romantic comedy directed by Rambod Javan, one of Iran's most popular TV stars.  Other movies include haunting love story Rhino Season, murder mystery The Last Step, and The Iran Job, a documentary that follows an American basketball player taking a job to play in Iran. The festival runs Feb. 1 to 24 at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free.

Artist Peter Karp presents "Shadows," which juxtaposes photographic images with cutouts, found objects, and geometric shapes. The show, inspired by the interplay between light and darkness, exposes the ambiguity of perception, reality, and truth. A second show, Trish Palasik's "Rough/Smooth/Evolving," plays with textures on the surface of figures, and their effect on the lines, rhythm, and motion of her pieces. The exhibition runs Jan. 30- Feb. 23 at Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. N.W. Free.

Add in Jay Peterzell at Foundry Gallery

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