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Textile exhibit

They are functional objects, often seen as beautiful artistic works. Textile containers have been used in many ways in various cultures. Tomorrow through June 5, the Textile Museum in Washington is presenting Beyond the Bag: Textiles as Containers, an exhibit exploring the ways cultures have used textile containers. Items include the tzut, a Guatemalan textile container that can be tied in several ways to provide storage or can serve as a baby carrier when worn over the shoulders. The namakdan, from Iran, is sewn on the sides to form a bag and is used primarily for transporting salt for sheep but also is ideal for storing flour, nuts or grains.

The objects, from Mexico, Iran, Central Asia and elsewhere, all come from the museum's collection.

"Beyond the Bag: Textiles as Containers" runs tomorrow through June 5 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Free. Call 202-667-0441 or visit www. textilemuseum.org.

'The Laramie Project'

The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, stunned many and evoked homophobia in others. The theatrical production The Laramie Project, on stage now through Sunday at York Little Theatre in Pennsylvania, chronicles Laramie residents' reaction to the crime. The docu-drama was made from interviews with Laramie townspeople, conducted by writer/director Moises Kaufman and actors from New York's Tectonic Theatre Project.

After the final performance Sunday, a Candlelight Vigil Against Hate will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the theater.

"The Laramie Project" will be presented at 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York, Pa. $13-$15. Call 717-854-3894 or visit www. ylt.org.

'Order in the Court'

Going to court is no fun. But going to Colonial Williamsburg's "Order in the Court" is another story. On Saturday, visitors can participate in a re-enactment of a 1770 court trial in the town's courthouse. Visitors can take the role of justice, attorney, litigant, defendant or petitioner at a mock trial and learn about the law in Virginia at the time. Cases are taken from historical documents.

"Order in the Court" takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the courthouse, which is in the heart of Williamsburg, Va., off Exit 238 of Interstate 64. A $15-$34 Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket gets you admission to the event. Call 800-HISTORY or visit www.cwf.org.-- Lori Sears

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