Best Of

Aug. 5 - 11

August 05, 2007

ROCK

VIRGIN FESTIVAL / / Today. Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. $97.50-$250. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

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The two-day Virgin Festival continues this afternoon with such wide-ranging acts as local Wham City impresario / DJ Dan Deacon (noon), Moscow-born anti-folkie Regina Spektor (1:10 p.m.), Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu (1:30 p.m.), alt-pop act Spoon (2:25 p.m.), emo band Panic! at the Disco (3:45 p.m.) and the garage-punk Yeah Yeah Yeahs (5:15 p.m.).

The evening picks up with hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan (5:45 p.m.), electronica duo the Crystal Method (6 p.m.), indie rockers Interpol (6:45 p.m.), hard-rock super group Velvet Revolver (7:15 p.m.), the somewhat-reunited Smashing Pumpkins (8:30 p.m.) and the funk-metal 311 (8:45 p.m.).

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

TELEVISION WHITE LIGHT / BLACK RAIN: THE

DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI / / 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. HBO.

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki uses interviews with 14 survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to create a stirring document of shared memory and social conscience.

Lean and utterly devoid of sentimentality, the HBO film also includes archival footage and photographs, interviews with some of the Americans who dropped the bombs, as well as drawings and paintings by the survivors.

The artistic renderings -- many of them done by the survivors as children -- are among the most eloquent and frightening images I have ever seen.

Tomorrow marks the 62nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

POP

BEYONCE IN CONCERT / / 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $57.75-$198.75. 410-547-SEAT or ticket master.com.

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With 10 Grammys and album sales totaling more than 33 million worldwide, Beyonce is one of the most accomplished performers of her generation. But she already was a major star as the focal point of Destiny's Child, one of pop music's most successful girl groups with eight No. 1 singles and five multi-platinum albums. All this, and she's not even 30.

The native Texan brings her elaborate summer tour to town, filled with smashes such as "Deja Vu," "Ring the Alarm" and "Crazy in Love."

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

ART

HOAXES AS ART / / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100. Free. 410-962-8565 or mdartplace.org.

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In an era in which anything can be art and anyone can be an artist (at least theoretically), situations and experiences may be as valid as painting and sculpture as means of artistic expression.

Opening Tuesday, Maryland Art Place's show Antagonism, Hacks and Hoaxes is billed as an "exploration of humor through antagonism, hacks, hoaxes, jokes, cracks, pranks, gags and absurdities." Don't be surprised if the show, organized by Current Gallery curator Michael Benevento, pushes the envelope of the possible. Benevento has gathered about 20 young artists around what might seem to be an unlikely theme and shows off the results with imagination, wit and elan.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

THEATER

RED LIGHT WINTER / / 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. next Sunday; through Aug. 19. Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $4-$9. 410-539-3091 or theatreproject.org.

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In Adam Rapp's 2006 Pulitzer finalist play Red Light Winter, best friends Matt and Davis travel to Amsterdam, where they both fall in love with a window prostitute. Long after they return to the States, the two discover just how much their desire and conflict has affected them.

This adult-themed production, opening Wednesday, comes from Silver Carrot Theatre, an enterprising troupe that moved this year from earthy, granola-rich Boulder, Colo., to gritty, crab-happy Baltimore. Most recently, the group wrote, rehearsed and performed a new play in 24 hours at Artscape.

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[ANNE TALLENT]

FILM

FIRES ON THE PLAIN / / 1 p.m. today and 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. 301-495-6700 or www.afi.com / silver.

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Anyone who thought Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima was a scathing look at World War II from the Japanese point of view should visit Fires on the Plain, the greatest movie from the greatest living Japanese director, Kon Ichikawa.

Set during an episode of carnage as terrifying as the battle for Iwo Jima -- the Japanese command's abandonment of their men on Leyte Island in the Philippines -- this movie is harder than Eastwood is on the Japanese, and on all of humanity.

Critic Pauline Kael called Ichikawa's epic "this great visual demonstration that men are not brothers."

It's a horrific and cathartic experience.

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[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

JAZZ

PAETEC JAZZ FESTIVAL / / Thursday-Saturday. various venues and showtimes. Tickets $40-$135. paetecjazz.com.

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The first of what organizers hope will be an annual Jazz Festival in Baltimore kicks off Thursday night with performances by Rumba Club, Boney James and others. Earth, Wind & Fire takes the stage Friday night at Pier Six. Saturday brings headliners B.B. King, Rusted Root, Little Richard and Al Green to various downtown venues.

The festival includes a diverse lineup of more than 20 free concerts at Bond Street Wharf Landing, Power Plant Live! Plaza and Harbor Pointe.

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[STEPHEN KIEHL]

WASHINGTON

STONE SOUL PICNIC / / Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. S.E., Washington. Free. 301-306-1111 or wolam.com.

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It's all about soul at the 17th annual Stone Soul Picnic -- a grand festival with children's activities, games, guest speakers and product samplings.

Scheduled performers include the funk acts War and Chuck Brown, gospel artists Hezekiah Walker and Byron Cage and R&B singer Carl Thomas.

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[LORI SEARS]

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