The Week's Best

THE WEEK'S BEST

March 25, 2004

Eats

SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill has a small menu, but the evolving list includes tried- and-true favorites as well as edgy new fare. page 14

Outside

As the weather warms up (or, at least, it's supposed to), check out our list of picnic spots in the Baltimore area. page 32

Art

Gallery ID8, a new art space in Fells Point, is owned by Tony and Melinda Walker, who hope to give new artists a place to display their work. page 17

Music

In the 1970s, Candi Staton sang to a disco beat, but her songs detailed sadness and abuse in an amazing voice. Now, Staton's work is available in a new compilation. page 23

Stage

For some bittersweet entertainment, check out The Threepenny Opera and a companion cabaret show at Theatre Project or a rare production of Aaron Copland's The Tender Land from Opera Vivente. page 12

PICK OF THE WEEK

Who: Welsh '80s band the Alarm

What: Plays Baltimore in support of its forthcoming album, In the Poppyfields

When: 9 tonight

Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 601 E. Pratt St.

Why: Because it's a chance to see the band that churned out a heap of punk-edged songs ("Sixty Eight Guns") and guilty-pleasure alt-rock singles ("Sold Me Down the River") during a decade otherwise dominated by dancy synth-pop

Tickets: $15

Information: Call 410-347-7625 or visit www.hardrockcafe.com

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