Best Of This Week

October 21, 2007

FILM

KISS ME KATE / / 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets free, reservations required; e-mail tickets@mdfilmfest.com or call 410-752-8083.

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During the premiere engagement of Kiss Me Kate in 1953, the sight of Ann Miller performing "Too Darn Hot" in "the tightest tights the film code permits" prompted one critic to quip, "I know now why 3-D was invented."

FreeFall and the Maryland Film Festival will provide this knowledge to Baltimoreans at the Charles on Wednesday, when they screen a rare 3-D print of this droll, inventive film version of Cole Porter's smash Broadway musical.

Miller tosses her accessories smack at the audience, but her performance has more than gimmick value: Her zest in the role of the nightclub stripper who auditions to play Bianca in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew makes her the oomph girl in this movie.

3-D provides us with a kicky sense of stage depth, and the whole experience makes for a bright and bouncy evening.

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[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

ART

REFLECTIONS OF EDEN / / 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. James L. Pierce Fine Art Framing and Gallery, 2360 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville. Free. 410-337-8490 or jlpframing@msn.com.

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A reprise of Baltimore photographer Jack Eisenberg's vintage images of Israel during the first 15 years of the Intifada and his 1967 photographs taken just after the Six Day War. The show also includes Eisenberg's classic pictures of Baltimore neighborhood life circa 1960-1990 and a scattering of images made since 2000.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

STAGE

HAIRSPRAY / / 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today. France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. $24-$69. 410-547-7328 or france-mer rickpac.com.

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It's virtually impossible to leave a production of Hairspray without feeling optimistic about life and your fellow human beings. For all its quirkiness, the Tony Award-winning musical based on an old John Waters film is brimming with sweetness. Hairspray is set in 1960s Bawlamer and tells the story of tubby teen Tracy Turnblad, who single-handedly integrates a popular television dance program -- and even gets the guy.

The score, by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, features one of the most hummable, infectious tunes around.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

CLASSICAL

GARY LOUIE / / 3:30 p.m. today. Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Free. 410-744-4034 or communityconcertsatsecond.org

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The saxophone may be most closely associated with jazz, pop and marching bands, but the instrument, invented around 1840, has a strong identity in the classical field as well. And classical sax music has no stronger proponent than Gary Louie, a D.C. native (pictured below) who teaches at the Peabody Institute. He's a brilliant player, capable of the finest gradations of tone and wonderfully expressive phrasing.

Louie's recital today, presented by Community Concerts at Second, offers a diverse mix of works by contemporary composers, including Baltimore's Jonathan Leshnoff and multiple Emmy-winner, L.A.-based Laura Karpman. The program looks rich, but the price is a very affordable free.

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[TIM SMITH]

TOUR

BALTIMORE OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2007 / / Noon-5 p.m. today; information online or at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. Party, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, 2010 Clipper Park Road. 410-396-4641 or school33.org. Free.

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In this annual event, more than 190 Baltimore artists open their studios to buyers, collectors and observers interested in their pieces. Maps listing featured artists, media and studio locations can be found at School 33 Art Center. There will also be a Closing Outdoor Happy Hour Party, featuring music and food.

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[AARON CHESTER]

DOG FEST

PAWS ON PARADE / / 11 a.m.-4p.m. today. Humane Society of Baltimore County, 1601 Nicodemus Road. Free. 410-833-8848 or hsbcpets.org.

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This year's paws on parade walk will take place at the peak of fall colors on the 1.5-mile route around the society's wildlife sanctuary.

The Rev. Joyce Klein will bless the animals. Karen Goldberg will provide the music. The daylong event, which includes Frisbee and flyball demonstrations, also has an animal Halloween costume contest.

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[MIKE FARRELL]

POP MUSIC

KENNA / / 6 pm. Friday, Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $16 in advance; $18 day of show. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

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