The Week's Best

THE WEEK'S BEST

November 27, 2003

DVDs

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers comes to video in an extended version whose added minutes contribute to the character development and story. Plus, it's just in time to catch up before The Return of the King hits theaters next month. page 13.

Stage

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition, and this season offers many a chance to see the ballet classic, including a performance by the Moscow Ballet. Check out our roundup of performances. page 22.

Eats

While the Tbonz steakhouse in Ellicott City isn't exactly unique in a meaty market, it finds a niche by combining good food, reasonable prices and excellent service in a restaurant and bar that's casual enough for the whole family. page 38.

Music

O.A.R. -- which includes Marc Roberge and Chris Culos, who grew up in Rockville -- blends elements of rock, ska and jazz to create a summer party atmosphere any time of year. page 29.

Scene

Daytime or nighttime, diners feed people's craving for simple good cooking and a '50s atmosphere. Plus, you can get breakfast food at any time of day. Page 26.

PICK OF THE WEEK

What: Festive Flavors of Federal Hill: Restaurant, Tavern and Gallery Crawl

Where: Starting at Cross Street Market

When: Tuesday night at 6

Why: Take in food, libations and art while walking around the restaurants, taverns and galleries of Federal Hill.

Tickets: $50, available at www.historicfederalhill.org

Call: 410-727-4500

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