Go For It

Our picks for weekend ideas that can't miss

December 03, 2005

Go See

The Squid and the Whale -- To add a third animal to the mix, Noah Baumbach's comedy-drama about his parents' split is like Woody Allen without the bull. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney give career-high performances. Sun score: A-.

Walk the Line -- Sure, it's not new this week, but this riveting real-life romance between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash has been holding its own against Harry Potter and winning new fans for the duo's music and for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Sun score: A.

To read Sun movie reviews: baltimoresun.com/movie

Go Show

The Merry Widow -- The Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, dedicated to fostering minority singers, returns this weekend with Lehar's frothy operetta, The Merry Widow. Performances are at 7 p.m. today and 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Frederick Douglass High School Auditorium, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway. Tickets are $17-$24. Call 410-329-6874.

Black Nativity -- Theatre Morgan presents its annual production of Langston Hughes' gospel-song play. Runs through Dec. 10 at Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2100 Argonne Drive. Times vary. $5-$10. Call 443-885-3625.

To read Sun stage reviews: baltimoresun.com/stage

Go Rent

March of the Penguins -- The DVD expands on the film's wonder with "crittercam shots" of the penguins diving and feeding and "Of Penguins and Men," a behind-the-scenes documentary. And for a delightful flick of comedy, the Warner Home Video folks provide "8 Ball Bunny," a WB animated short starring Bugs Bunny and a penguin.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star as spies who are each trying to hide their spy-ness from the other. Despite apparent chemistry in real life, there's reportedly not that much to be found in the film.

Go Read

The Lighthouse -- P.D. James returns with her 13th Adam Dagliesh mystery, this time investigating the murder of a world-renowned novelist on a private island off the Cornish coast.

The Beatles -- Bob Spitz offers perhaps the best researched biography ever written about the Fab Four in this nearly 1,000-page, lively tome.

Read book reviews tomorrow in The Sun's Ideas section.

Go Do

Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction -- If you're looking for some unusual Hanukkah gifts, stop by this event tomorrow and Monday at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. It features jewelry, clothing, crafts, Judaica, toys and artwork from area artisans and craftspeople and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Free. Call 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

Mayor's Christmas Parade -- Catch the 33rd annual parade as it travels down Falls Road tomorrow. It will feature more than 120 groups and individuals, including the Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore's Marching Ravens and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Poly/Western High Schools, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane, then travels south on Falls Road to 36th Street, where it continues east to Chestnut Avenue and ends at 37th Street. Call 410-366-0726 or visit mayorschristmasparade.com.

Go Hear

Night of 100 Elvises -- Catch the second of two Presley-themed evenings at tonight's Night of 100 Elvises, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall, 851-853 Hollins St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Call 888-494-9558 or visit www.nightof100elvises.com.

Yngwie Malmsteen -- The fiery rock guitarist will blaze up Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, tonight at 9:30. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. Information: ramsheadlive.com or 410-244-1131.

Go Away

A Christmas Carol -- Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Through Dec. 31 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington. Times vary. $30-$52. Call 202-347-4833.

Holiday tour -- Experience a Civil War Christmas at the Shriver House Museum in Gettysburg, Pa., Saturdays through Dec. 17. Visit the holiday-decorated 1860-era home of George and Hettie Shriver, and learn how the war affected them, their children and their home. Tours of the museum, 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa., will be offered at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10; $7 for those under age 12. Information: 717-337-2800 or shriverhouse.org

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