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September 01, 2005


You're a movie buff. A film geek. A motion-picture aficionado, you like to say. Sure, you can recite lines from B movies (and, of course, the classics) with no effort at all. You know the names of the obscure extras. Can rattle off the names and years of Oscar winners with the speed and accuracy of Raymond in Rain Man, who certainly knew how to rattle off statistics. You're good, and you know it.

And there's no place you'd rather be than at the "Lights! Camera! CLASSICS!" exhibit at The Mall in Columbia this weekend. Turner Classic Movies is presenting a display of classic Hollywood memorabilia -- including Paul Newman's prison costume in Cool Hand Luke, Robert DeNiro's boxing gloves and shorts from Raging Bull (right), a gown worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind, the original script from James Cagney's film Yankee Doodle Dandy, a dress designed by Cecil Beaton for Leslie Caron in Gigi, and much more. Visitors can see the items up-close and also enjoy interactive activities, such as having a digital photo taken of themselves superimposed into movie scenes or movie posters.

The event runs noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Mall in Columbia, Lord & Taylor court, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Free. For more information, call 410-730-3300 or visit

-- Lori Sears


With several tours and a debut album on Michael Gira's Young God label, folk group Akron / Family plays the Talking Head Sunday. While touring earlier this year, Akron / Family performed its own set and then joined Gira onstage as his backing band. Gira was so impressed he asked Akron / Family to back him on his latest album, Angels of Light Sing Other People. Gira also signed Akron / Family to Young God and helped them produce a self-titled debut, which dropped in March.

Akron / Family plays the Talking Head at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7. The Talking Head is at 203 Davis St. Call 410-962-5588 or visit www.talking

-- Sam Sessa


Talking with Feist about her new CD, Let It Die ... Rapper-poet Shihan, who has performed in the touring version of Def Poetry Jam, drops her debut, The Poet, next week.

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