Go For It

Our picks for weekend ideas that can't miss

June 10, 2006

Go See

Cars -- Pixar's latest animation miracle envisions Al Gore's worst nightmare - a universe peopled entirely by cars - but makes it a vehicle for beguiling comedy and drama about a hot-shot racer who slows down and discovers love, pain and the whole thing. Sun score: A.

A Prairie Home Companion -- Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor team up to create a peerless funky fantasia that combines characters and performers from Keillor's long-running radio show with new creations, including an irresistible sister act from Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin. Sun score: A.

To read Sun movie reviews: baltimoresun.com/movie

Go Show

Tappers With Attitude -- The dance group performs tonight at 7:30 at the University of Maryland, College Park's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 301-405-ARTS.

On Borrowed Time -- Play tells the emotional tale of a young, orphaned boy and his attachment to his salty-tongued grandfather. Through July 9 at Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15. Call 410-563-9135.

To read Sun stage reviews: baltimoresun.com/stage

Go Rent

Entourage: The Complete Second Season -- Have a marathon session with this DVD set to catch up with actor Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his boys before the third season of the TV series premieres Sunday night at 10 on HBO.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Unrated -- Can't get enough of the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie mania? Check out the new, unrated DVD version of this film, which includes deleted scenes and an alternate ending.

Go Read

The Poe Shadow -- by Matthew Pearl. The author of The Dante Club returns with a historical literary thriller built around the age-old mystery surrounding the circumstances of Edgar Allan Poe's death in our very own town after collapsing, apparently from drink. Pearl's hero is a Baltimore lawyer who becomes obsessed with rescuing Poe's reputation.

Let Me Finish -- by Roger Angell. Best known for his graceful pieces about baseball in The New Yorker, Angell reminisces about his happy youth - with Katherine and E.B. White, his mother and stepfather - and a life of writing.

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

Go Do

Lakefest -- This weekend's festivities at Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi include musical performances, arts and crafts, a chalk-drawing contest ($10 entry fee) and a chess contest. Visit columbiafestival.com for more information.

Music Antiqua -- This group, clad in 19th-century costumes, performs classics, traditional Irish and Scottish music, show tunes, ragtime numbers and even some Irving Berlin songs on the harpsichord, violin, cello, piano and flute. Vocals will be featured on some pieces. At 2 p.m. tomorrow at Liriodendron Mansion, 502 W. Gordon St., Bel Air. Free. Call 410-529-0791.

Go Hear

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Tonight at 7:30, the rockers hit the stage at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Bristow, Va. Trey Anastasio is also scheduled to play. Tickets are $32.50-$75. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.

The Eels and Smoosh -- Alt-rock act the Eels and sister-act Smoosh perform tomorrow night at 7:30 at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $25. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.com.

Go Away

Spamalot -- Monty Python's musical comedy runs through July 9 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington. Times vary. Tickets are $41.25-$91.25. Call 800-447-7400.

Kids' Extravalooza -- This Washington event celebrating the new National Children's Museum (scheduled to open in 2009) runs today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 10th Street Southwest at L'Enfant Plaza. Performers include pop star Hilary Duff, the Urban Nation Hip-Hop Choir and members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Go to ncm.museum. for more details.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND?

"This Sunday I'll be attending the annual Relay tea. This year's tea also includesa garden tour of five neighborhood gardens, so we will have our teaat 2 p.m. and then walk through thefive lovely gardens."

FAITH HERMANN, RELAY RESIDENT

I'll spend much of this weekend preparing for the annual Principals' Academy, a three-day planning session [this month] for principals and other leadership staff. I'll also be helping my wife, who will host a cookout for her staff."

DR. JOE HAIRSTON, SUPERINTENDENT, BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND? Send an e-mail to sun.features@baltsun.com. Put "My Weekend Pick" in the subject line. Then look for your suggestion next Saturday in Go Today.

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