Go For It

Our picks for weekend ideas that can't miss

September 16, 2006

Go See

Half Nelson -- This is a portrait of the artist as a junior high history teacher and girls' basketball coach. He's also a coke addict. But the bond he shares with one of his student-players is a sign of life in a blighted urban landscape, and the performances of Ryan Gosling as the teacher and Shareeka Epps as the girl who befriends him will make you feel whole. Sun score: A-.

The Black Dahlia -- Top cops Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett try to solve the instantly infamous case of a would-be starlet whose murder seemed to sum up the sick soul of post-World War II L.A. Director Brian De Palma imbues the imagery with an obsessive grandeur even as the narrative falls apart. But the result is still a wan, unsatisfying follow-up to the great L.A. Confidential. Sun score: B-.

To read Sun movie reviews: baltimoresun.com/movies

Go Show

MmmBeth and Hamlette -- These two one-act plays, adapted from the works of William Shakespeare and written by Allison Williams, continue through Sept. 24 at Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., as part of the theater's 45th anniversary celebration. Shows at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. $15. Call 410-752-1225.

Opus -- With only a few days to rehearse Beethoven's Opus 131, a renowned string quartet struggles to prepare for its highest-profile performance. Through Oct. 15 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Times vary. $17-$30. Call 410-752-2208.

To read Sun stage reviews: baltimoresun.com/stage

Go Rent

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Second Season -- By the end of this ABC series' sophomore season, it was beyond a love triangle and somewhat closer to some other multisided polygon. Catch up on all the drama before the third season premieres Thursday, and in the extras, take a tour of the set and get to know a cuddlier side of Dr. Bailey.

Lucky Number Slevin -- Josh Hartnett stars as a guy named Slevin who, thanks to a case of mistaken identity, is being targeted by two rival crime bosses, a detective and an assassin. Extras include commentary tracks, a making-of featurette and some deleted scenes.

Go Read

A Little Love Story -- by Roland Marullo. What can you say about a book that plows headlong into literary cliche and, page after page, keeps you coming back for more? Maybe that great writing can overcome the worst plot defects. So forget the worn-out conventions of this terminal illness romance set in Boston and savor the people and scenes that spring to realistic life.

Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her -- by Melanie Rehak. The intrepid Nancy Drew has given girls a sense of their own power since she was born, Athena-like, from the mind of Edward Stratemeyer in 1929 and raised after his death in 1930 by his daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and Mildred Wirt Benson, a journalist who was the first to write the novels under the pen name Carolyn Keene. Rehak invigorates all the players in the Drew story.

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

Go Do

Hampdenfest -- Head to Hampden today, and celebrate the area's unique charm at Hampdenfest. The annual festival offers live music, arts and crafts for sale from local artisans, the Hampden Idol singing contest, kids activities, lots of food and more. Hampdenfest takes place from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on 36th Street from Chestnut Avenue to Falls Road. Free admission. Visit hampdenfest.com.

Cultural Festival -- Today, Towson is home to the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival. This year's free event includes performances from Peabo Bryson and other singers, tours of the Historic Settlements exhibit, performances by dance troupes, a fashion show, arts and crafts vendors, ethnic cuisine, bus tours and kids' entertainment. The festival is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Towson Courts Plaza, West Pennsylvania and Baltimore avenues. Call 410-887-5557 for festival questions or for bus tour information.

Go Hear

Alan Jackson -- Country star Alan Jackson headlines the 19th annual benefit concert for cystic fibrosis tonight at 1st Mariner Arena. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $20-$67.50. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. For tickets, call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.

Korn -- The Family Values Tour, which features Korn, the Deftones, Stonesour, Flyleaf and Dir en Grey, hits the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge tomorrow. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9.98 to $59.50 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Go Away

Gem, mineral and jewelry show -- More than 25 dealers will offer their wares at this annual show that continues today and tomorrow at the Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $4. Call 800-848-8683.

Festival of the Arts -- As the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts marks its 75th anniversary today, the folks at the museum invite you to join the celebration. The Festival for the Arts will have trolley rides, caricatures by artist Kent Roberts, jewelry-making workshops, printmaking activities, artisan demonstrations, dance performances and more - all for free. Food and arts and crafts will be for sale. The festival is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Key St., Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or visit wcmfa.org.

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