Best Of This Week

October 14, 2007

FILM

EYES WITHOUT A FACE / / 2:30 a.m. Monday. Turner Classic Movies.

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Get into the Halloween spirit early with TCM's wee-small-hours-of-the-morning screening of Georges Franju's 1959 Eyes Without a Face (or, better yet, TiVo it). It's a hyperaesthetic horror classic with more impact than any gorefest. Like some exotic arachnid, it transfixes, then stings you. Pierre Brasseur stars as a surgeon who lays waste to one young beauty after another as he attempts to replace his daughter's face -- totaled in a car accident -- with massive skin grafts. When the daughter isn't being summoned for the next attempt at her repair, she wanders through the corridors of their house like a sadly graceful, wounded alien.

Although the film is based on a novel by Jean Redon, it may remind Americans of Hawthorne's short story The Birthmark -- a fable of a scientist who strives for physical perfection at all costs. British critic Raymond Durgnat gave this movie just the right creepy encomium: He called it "an epidermal film."

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[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

POP MUSIC

QUEEN LATIFAH AND THE SHERO AWARDS / / 8 p.m. Monday. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $57.50-$87.50. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com.

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Queen Latifah is one of the most versatile acts of her generation. Starting out as a feminist rapper in the late '80s, the New Jersey artist has found success as a TV talk show host, author, sitcom star, dramatic actress and Cover Girl model. On her latest album, Trav'lin' Light, she proves herself as an interpreter of pop standards. She performs at the SHERO awards, which honor leading American women.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

BEAUTY

SPA WEEK / / Times vary, tomorrow through next Sunday. Morgan Gerard Salon & Spa, Red Door Spa-Baltimore, Robert Andrew Medical Spa and Skin Beautiful Medi Spa. $50 spa treatments. spaweek.org or cancerandcareers.org.

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Perhaps a spa treatment won't feel quite so self-indulgent if it supports a cause: Spa Week helps raise awareness and funds for Cancer and Careers, a nonprofit group working with women battling cancer. The organization assists these women, their co-workers and supervisors in managing careers during and after treatment.

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[KARLAYNE PARKER]

ART

AMBIGUOUS SENSATION / / Hours by appointment. New Door Creative Gallery, 1601 St. Paul St. Free. 410-244-8244 or newdoor creative.com.

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Russell Murray is a New Jersey-based African-American painter who creates large Abstract-Expressionist-style canvases based on the theme of the human condition and its survival. This is his first Baltimore gallery show. There will be a gallery talk by the artist and a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

HOME

MARYLAND HOME AND GARDEN SHOW / / 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $3 for kids 6-12; free for kids younger than 6. 410-863-1180 or mdhomeandgarden.com.

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Lee Snijders, host of HGTV's Design on a Dime, will be on hand to offer design tips and insights into home-improvement trends. There will be seminars throughout the day on such topics as gardening with native plants and ideas to help you sell your home. There also will be more than 600 exhibitors, offering everything from pools to paving.

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[LIZ ATWOOD]

THEATER

ANTIGONE / / 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 11. Baltimore Shakespeare Festival at St. Mary's Church, 3900 Roland Ave. 410-366-8596 or baltimoreshakespeare.org.

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Bertolt Brecht's interpretation of the ancient Greek classic is a powerful examination of the abuse of governmental power in times of war.

Antigone takes place during the bloody battle between Thebes and Argos. When Antigone's brother is killed in battle, his corpse is left to rot in the sun. His sister is determined to give him a proper burial, even if it means defying her family and the law.

In this production, the title role is being played by Christine Demuth, and the show is being directed by Raine Bode.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

LECTURE

ROBERT E. LEWIS MEMORIAL LECTURE / / Robert Campbell delivers "Thoughts on Architecture." 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free; reservations required: 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or thewalters.org. Other Architecture Week events: aiabalt.com.

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Winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for articles in The Boston Globe, Robert Campbell also writes a regular column for Architectural Record magazine and is considered one of the top architecture critics in America. Sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the Walters Art Museum, his address is a featured event of Baltimore Architecture Week.

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[EDWARD GUNTS]

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