Best Of This Week

September 16, 2007

CLASSICAL

MUSIC IN THE GREAT HALL -- 5 p.m. today. Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. $20 ($5 students). 410-813-4255 or migh.org

Jonathan Carney, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's notable concertmaster, has plenty to do these days, what with the high-profile opening of the BSO season in a couple of weeks. But he has found time to give a recital today, the first entry in the 2007-2008 concert series of Music in the Great Hall, which has been a welcome fixture on the local cultural scene for more than 30 years. Carney's program, with pianist Lura Johnson, is devoted to the three, wonderfully lyrical violin sonatas by Johannes Brahms.

[TIM SMITH]

TELEVISION

K-VILLE -- 9 p.m. tomorrow. WBFF (Channel 45)

Set in New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina, this hard-edged cop drama from Fox explores heroism in these troubled times.

Anthony Anderson plays a police officer who stood tall during the crisis and is now battling to help his city come back. Trevor Cobb co-stars as his partner, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who has come back to the American battlefield of the Lower 9th Ward.

[DAVID ZURAWIK]

HERITAGE

FIESTA MUSICAL -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Free. 202-633-3040 or nationalzoo.si.edu

Marking Hispanic Heritage Month, this celebration of the diversity and richness of Latin American culture and wildlife is an annual tradition with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods.

The National Zoo and FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) are hosts of the one-day event.

[MIKE FARRELL ]

FILM

SUSPICION -- 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Turner Classic Movies

When Cary Grant played a husband suspected of foul play in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941), some critics and audiences couldn't accept him as a possible villain. But the failing was not Grant's. Emotionally, Suspicion is the fraternal twin to Hitchcock's first American movie and giant hit, Rebecca (1940). In each, a mousy Joan Fontaine marries a dashing yet shady gentleman (Laurence Olivier in Rebecca, Grant in Suspicion) and begins to fear him. Even some of the keynote images - such as a man or woman jumping or being pushed off a cliff - are similar.

The big difference is Grant. Although Rebecca is overall a superior movie, Olivier doesn't provide the sexual presence the material demands; he's magnetic in wry, haughty, somewhat-disconnected ways. But Grant is an erotic wild card in Suspicion. Hitchcock sets him up as the jolt of aberrant electricity that Fontaine needs to bring herself to life, and Grant delivers. He's an overgrown carnal bad boy, and at times he goes over the brink into abrasiveness. But when he and Fontaine look each other in the eye, it's hot stuff.

[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

THEATER

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE -- 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 14. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. 410-332-0033 or centerstage.org

Celebrate the opening of Center Stage's 54th season with the sweet Brewster sisters - who have concocted a recipe for their homemade elderberry wine that is a real killer.

Playwright Joseph Kesselring's 1939 chestnut includes among its cast of eccentrics a theater critic who hates the theater, and an uncle digging the Panama Canal in the basement.

The production stars two powerhouse performers - Pamela Payton-Wright and Tana Hicken - as the sinister spinster sisters.

[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

POP MUSIC

STEVIE WONDER -- 7 p.m. today. Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $52-$92. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com

The Motown genius with a string of hits as long as the Nile ("Superstition," "Ribbon in the Sky," "Overjoyed" and others) has influenced a score of artists, from Prince to Musiq Soulchild. His singular mellifluous vocal style and incisive songwriting helped build the foundation for modern pop-soul. And, after more than 40 years of making hits, his artistry is still unmatched.

[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

ART

OFFSHOOT -- 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Gormley Gallery at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. 410-435-0100 or ndm.edu. Free.

For years, artist Peter Dubeau was best known around town as the curator-director of the city-owned School 33 Art Center in Federal Hill, where his combination of energy, imagination and sheer doggedness in seeking out the very best Baltimore artists resulted in some of the most adventurous exhibitions anywhere.

Since leaving School 33 in 2003 to become associate dean of continuing studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Dubeau has been able to put on his painter's hat again. The result is a sparkling show of mostly works on paper that reflect the artist's love of abstract biomorphic forms, intense color and layered paint application as a metaphor for the essential oneness of all life.

[GLENN MCNATT]

WASHINGTON

ANSEL ADAMS -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday through Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Closed Tuesday. $10-$14. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. N.W. 202-639-1867 or corcoran.org

A new look at this photographer through 125 images borrowed from the collection of William H. and Saundra B. Lane. These works showcase his range and cover his 60-year career. The exhibit includes rarely seen photos, including portraits, nature views and documentary images.

[MIKE FARRELL]

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