Go For It

Our picks for weekend ideas that can't miss

December 11, 2005

Go See

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- This movie - which conveys director Andrew Adamson and screenwriters Ann Peacock, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's love for the original C.S. Lewis novel and for moviemaking - has everything a first-rate fantasy should have, including sweep, color and clarity. Sun score: A.

Syriana -- Writer-director Stephen Gaghan jams a diverse group of players inside a jagged-edged, radical-chic plot. George Clooney is an out-of-favor CIA agent, Matt Damon an international-finance whiz grieving for his son, and Jeffrey Wright a Washington lawyer ordered by his boss (Christopher Plummer) to vet an oil merger - but also to make sure he paints a good face on it. Sun score: C+.

To read Sun reviews of these films: baltimoresun.com/movies

Go Do

Lighted Boats -- More than 50 boats will line the Annapolis waterfront today for a lighted boats parade. It runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. One fleet circles in front of Eastport Yacht Club, the City Dock and the Naval Academy seawall and the other fleet circles the length of Spa Creek. Parking is $5. Information: eastportyc.org.

Merry Tuba Christmas -- The tuba and euphonium get a chance to take the spotlight from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today as more than 200 professional and amateur horn players line Harborplace's Amphitheatre, at Pratt and Light streets, and perform favorite holiday tunes. Each player will dress in a uniform that depicts his or her hometown. Information: www.harborplace.com.

Go Rent

Cinderella Man -- Russell Crowe stars as real-life boxer James J. Braddock, Renee Zellweger is his wife, and Paul Giamatti is his trainer in this story about a sportsman's comeback.

Ladies in Lavender -- Judi Dench and Maggie Smith team up as sisters who take in a mysterious stranger who washes up on the beach near their home. The actresses have worked together off and on since 1958, and they play off each other effortlessly.

Go Show

Jack and the Beanstalk -- This British Christmas "panto" version of the classic tale is at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays though Dec. 18. Tickets are $12-$14. Call 410-276-7837.

Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer -- Musical about a cross-dressing Rudolph, at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 17 at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. $12-$15. Call 410-752-1225.

To read Sun reviews of area plays: baltimoresun.com/stage

Go Read

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq -- According to author George Packer in this astounding bit of reportage and analysis, the absence of weapons of mass destruction was just one of the egregious miscalculations about the country we invaded in 2003.

Salem's Lot: Illustrated Edition -- OK, this isn't exactly a brand-new book but a new, illustrated version of a 30-year-old Stephen King novel. It is an opportunity to say that with the possible exception of Dracula, it's the scariest vampire book ever written.

Read reviews of these books today in The Sun's Ideas section.

Go Away

Cuttin' Up -- Adapted and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright from Craig Marberry's book about black barbershops, this semi-sequel to Crowns (adapted from Marberry's bestselling book about black women and hats) focuses on three generations of barbers in the same shop. Through Jan. 1 at Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington. Times vary. $41-$60. Call 202-488-3300.

Sean Paul -- Tomorrow night at 7:30, catch the reggaeton master, whose new album is The Trinity, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling 800-955-5566 or going to tickets.com.

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