Best Of This Week

August 19, 2007

FILM

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING -- 2:45 p.m. today; 4:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. 301-495-6700 or afi.com/silver.

The Man Who Would Be King is one of the rare "dream films" by a great director that really came true. In the 1950s, John Huston envisioned making this adventure with Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable as rogues who con their way into control of a mountain kingdom in India.

Then Bogart died; then Gable died. When Huston offered it to Paul Newman and Robert Redford decades later, Newman urged him to pitch it to Sean Connery and Michael Caine - and a screen classic enjoyed a glorious delayed birth in 1975.

It's a pinnacle of Huston's work: a buddy movie pitched sky-high and a parable of imperial hubris with a prickly and audacious sense of humor.

[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

TELEVISION

MAD MEN -- 10 p.m. Thursday. AMC.

Madison Avenue in 1960 is the setting for what has become the best drama on television. That's right, best drama - not best new drama or cable drama.

Set at a bustling advertising agency, the series stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, a middle-aged creative director who is still on top but starting to look down and fear the young sharks below.

January Jones is superb as Draper's lovely but brittle Grace Kelly of a wife, who is trying to keep the faith on the suburban Connecticut home front - with the help of a psychiatrist, a little booze and lots of cigarettes.

[DAVID ZURAWIK]

HIP-HOP

SCREAMFEST TOUR -- 7:30 p.m. Friday. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $27.50-$57.50. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Be sure to bring earplugs to the Screamfest Tour stopping in town Friday. Featuring the hottest names in urban music - including Southern rap kings T.I. and Young Joc and R&B-pop princess Ciara - the show is sure to draw thousands of teens. On stage, expect plenty of tightly choreographed dance routines and swaggering sing-alongs.

[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

THEATER

BALTIMORE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL -- Various times, locations, prices. 410-276-2153 or baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org.

Here's your chance to find out what some of the most fertile minds around are thinking. The 26th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival is in full swing, with five plays still running as of today.

You have your pick of Rudy Doo by George Purefoy Tilson, about a menage a trois between a heiress, a hockey player and a murderous recluse; CYA (Kimberley Lynne), about a corporate tug-of-war involving a CEO who collects medieval weapons; Save Me (Stefanie Zadravec), about a born-again Christian who tries to cure her sister of a brain tumor; Last Night at the Owl Bar (Mark Shark), about a theater director who embarks on a round-the-world trip to find answers to his messed-up life; and Almost Vermilion (Sonja Kinzer), a family drama set in rural West Virginia featuring an oppressed farm wife and her artistic son.

[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

ART

FINE ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Harbor East. Free.

The second year of this outdoor festival in the city's chic new shopping and eating destination, Harbor East, features more than 70 local, regional and national artists exhibiting their work along the street.

In addition to jewelry, handbags and accessories, art forms such as pottery, oil painting, sculpture, glass and photography will be on hand. There will also be an Emerging Artist tent and a children's tent featuring the Walters Art Museum and Port Discovery.

One more reason to explore: Many Harbor East restaurants, including Oceanaire Seafood Room, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant, will offer patrons a taste of their dining options. Yum!

[TANIKA WHITE]

POP

MINNIE DRIVER -- 8 p.m. Tuesday. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $28.50. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

Minnie Driver has made her name as an actress - Good Will Hunting, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Riches - but she started her career in music. Now, the Oscar- and Emmy-nominee is on tour promoting Seastories, a well-received collection of self-penned Americana songs. The British-born performer recorded this, her second album, with Ryan Adams and his band, the Cardinals, as well as with Liz Phair.

[ANNE TALLENT]

FILM

COME SEPTEMBER -- Dusk Friday. High and Stiles streets, Little Italy. Free. Bring a chair. littleitalyrestaurants.com.

Rock Hudson. Gina Lollobrigida. Sandra Dee. Bobby Darrin. There isn't much else to Robert Mulligan's 1961 romantic comedy besides its beautiful cast: Hudson stars as a businessman who discovers that tourists have run amok at his rented Italian villa. Yet, this entry in the Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival does play a part in Hollywood history: Darrin and Dee made their screen debut together in this film; they were married shortly after filming wrapped.

[ANNE TALLENT]

WASHINGTON

TEXTILES OF KLIMT'S VIENNA -- 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; through Jan. 6. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., Washington. Free; $5 donation suggested. 202-667-0441 or textilemuseum.org.

As painter Gustav Klimt was leading the "Secession" art movement in late-19th-century Vienna, one medium that furthered the rebellion against the prevailing conservatism was textiles. A new exhibit at the Textile Museum explores that transformative era through 58 textiles and other objects, including fabric samples and fabric-covered books and boxes. There's the bold, dual-color patterns of Josef Hoffman; the delicate, naturalistic work of Dagobert Peche; and the versatile approaches of Maria Likarz-Strauss, whose designs anticipated Art Deco.

[LORI SEARS]

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