Go For It

GO FOR IT

Our picks for weekend ideas that can't miss

June 09, 2007

Go See

"Ocean's Thirteen" -- Nobody breaks a sweat in Ocean's Thirteen; the stars (and the characters) are way too cool for that. If you enjoy watching pretty people act as though they belong a notch above the rest of the world,Ocean's Thirteen is the film for you. But if you want a labyrinthine heist film that keeps audiences guessing, then you'd best hold out. Sun score: B

"Once" -- Once will certainly not be enough for Once, a musical love story that at once defies, re-imagines and celebrates the boundaries of both genres. There's not a false moment within the film's 88-minute running time, nor many moments that could be done any better. Sun score: A-

To read Sun movie reviews: baltimoresun.com/movies

Go Show

"Epic Proportions" -- Written by Larry Coen and David Crane, this comedy focuses on the chaos surrounding the extras, directors and stars on a movie set. It is playing at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. Tickets are $15; call 410-563-9135.

"Vanities" -- Chronicling the coming-of-age of three small-town girls, this witty play delivers a bittersweet story about how people can grow apart over the years. It runs at 8 tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St. Tickets are $15; call 410-728-6500.

To read Sun stage reviews: baltimoresun.com/stage

Go Rent

"Norbit" -- Eddie Murphy plays three roles in a story about Norbit, a mild-mannered guy who, despite being engaged to junk-food-gorging Rasputia, schemes to be with the woman of his dreams.

"The Messengers" -- A troubled family leaves the big city behind and moves to a rundown sunflower farm. In time, the farm is revived, but Mom and the kids begin to notice alarming changes in Dad's behavior.

Go Read

"The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould" -- Edited by Steven Rose. The paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould died of lung cancer five years ago, at age 60. On the first of what will surely be a string of future Gould celebrations, W.W. Norton, has issued an anthology of his writings, drawn from his more than 20 books.

"Varieties of Disturbance" -- by Lydia Davis. What is the correct way to refer to the dead? What would Kafka serve with dinner - beets or potato salad? How do you spell Nietzsche? In forms ranging from the wry one-liner to a lengthy study of get-well letters written by schoolchildren, a series of word problems are posed for the existentially challenged.

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

Go Do

Great Grapes Festival -- Enjoy more than 150 wines from nine Maryland wineries. Festival attendees can partake in wine tasting and watch food demonstrations while listening to live music from noon to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for designated drivers; call 410-769-8223 or go to uncorkthefun.com.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" -- The Pumpkin Theatre stages Charlie and Willy Wonka's story at 1 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson. Tickets are $11 in advance or $12 at the door; call 410-828-1814

Go Hear

Jazz and Blues Festival -- The Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival offers live music in an outdoor setting around South Charles Street tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors also can enjoy food and drink from various vendors. Admission is free. Go to historicfederalhill.org.

Brooks and Dunn -- Get ready for a night of honky-tonk. Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks, who make up country music's best-known duo, are joined by Alan Jackson at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $30-$85; call 703-754-6400 or visit nissanpavilion.com.

Go Away

Ocean City Car and Truck Show -- Check out more than 700 vehicles, interactive games, live entertainment and more today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th Street and Isle of Wight Bay in Ocean City. Admission is $20; call 302-436-0183 or go to occarshow.com.

Latin Festival -- Enjoy mambo, salsa, merengue and bachata music by local, regional and national Latin bands. Also, check out vendors' wares and eat traditional Latin food from noon today until 1:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Beachstreet Seaside Palladium, 24th Street Park in Virginia Beach, Va. Free; call 800-822-3224.

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