Cast of thousands
"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" isn't the comedy classic some believe it is, but the 1963 film does have an abundant collection of names, among them Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Dick Shawn and Jimmy Durante. The film, done by Stanley Kramer, runs some three hours (it comes in two cassettes) and has all these people looking for a buried treasure -- the sum is $350,000, so you know how old this film is. No rating. ** The Margolis/Brown Adaptors are staging two new zany multimedia movement theater pieces at the Theatre Project -- "Decodanz: The Dilemma of Demodus and Diphylla" and "Koppelvision and Other Digital Deities." Both works have been written and directed by Tony Brown and Kari Margolis, who play two vampires desperately seeking the meaning of love, life and immortality in the fascinating "Decodanz." "Koppelvision" satirizes modern technology and the public's acceptance of newscasters as gods. 8 p.m. 45 W. Preston St. Tickets: $15. Call (410) 752-8558.
Winifred Walsh Most bands going for a Beatlesque take on rock and roll go for what's known as the "jangly guitar" sound -- a moderately amplified approach similar to what the Fab Four used on "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver." But the Smithereens, who'll be at Hammerjacks Sunday, go for a far gutsier guitar tone, one which adds a Who-like punch to melancholy melodies like those in "A Girl Like You" or "Top of the Pops." Tickets for the show, which starts at 8 p.m., are $10. Call (410) 659-7625 for details.