Go For It

Our picks for weekend ideas that can't miss

December 31, 2005

Go See

Brokeback Mountain -- If you've got a yen for a long moseying weepie - or you feel you have to weigh in on the topic du jour - head off to Brokeback Mountain, a love story with a little sex and a whole lot of hugging and kissing between a ranch hand (Heath Ledger) and a small-time rodeo man (Jake Gyllenhaal). Sun score: C.

Munich -- The Israeli government pursues the men it believes planned the slaughter of 11 of its athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. Though it's sermonizing and not that thrilling, this assassination-procedural will still stir up heated talk at your local beanery. Sun score: C-.

To read Sun movie reviews: baltimoresun.com/movie

Go Show

Once on This Island -- Center Stage presents this musical adaptation of Rosa Guy's Caribbean-set novel, My Love, My Love, which is in turn based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Show times at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. most Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, and 1 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets are $10-$65. Call 410-332-0033 or visit centerstage.org.

West Side Story -- Directed by Tony winner George Faison (he won in 1975 for choreographing The Wiz), this production is at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $35-$62.50. For tickets, call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.

To read Sun stage reviews: baltimoresun.com/stage

Go Rent

Grizzly Man -- Director Werner Herzog's documentary examines the lives - and deaths - of grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October 2003 while living among and studying the bears.

Into the Blue -- Escape the winter doldrums and ogle Paul Walker and Jessica Alba as they search for buried treasure in the Bahamas - and find a boatload of cocaine instead.

Go Read

Why New Orleans Matters -- Novelist and cultural critic Tom Piazza writes an impassioned Valentine to his city from his refuge in Missouri.

Close Range: Wyoming Stories -- This 2000 collection from Scribner includes "Brokeback Mountain," Annie Proulx's short story about the longing and despair of two cowboys without the language to even express what they were to each other.

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

Go Do

Symphony of Lights -- It's your last chance to ooh and aah at this year's Symphony of Lights display in Columbia. The drive-through tour features more than 70 animated and stationary holiday light creations. Runs through tomorrow at Symphony Woods. Use the Merriweather Post Pavilion entrance on Broken Land Parkway. $15 per car or van; $25 for commercial vans; $100 for buses exceeding 24 passengers. Proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital. Call 410-740-7666 for hours.

Salute to Vienna -- At 3 p.m. tomorrow, see the "Salute to Vienna," featuring soprano Monika Gonzalez, tenor Valeriy Serkin and dancers from the Vienna Opera Ballet. Sascha Goetzel conducts. $35-$67. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-783-8000.

Go Hear

Maggie Sansone -- The hammered dulcimer player starts off 2006 with a "Celtic Celebration for the New Year" tomorrow night at 7 at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $15. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com.

Mahoney Brothers -- Ring in the new year with this Beatles tribute group at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. Show starts at 8 tonight; tickets are $22-$25. Call 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.

Go Away

New Year's Eve Celebration -- At 8:30 tonight, head to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest, Washington, for the New Year's Eve celebration with the National Symphony Orchestra, featuring violinist Elisabeth Adkins and soprano Kishna Davis. Murry Sidlin conducts. $50-$90. Call 800-444-1324.

A Brandywine Christmas -- Take a winter road trip to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., now through Jan. 8, to catch a last glimpse of this holiday exhibit. On display will be a huge O-gauge model railroad, Ann Wyeth McCoy's antique dolls and a fanciful Victorian dollhouse. See this and other holiday exhibits through Jan. 8 at the museum, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, Pa. Admission is $8; $5 for seniors and students; free for ages under 6. Call 610-388-2700 or visit brandywinemuseum.org.

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