Best Of This Week

November 04, 2007

FILM

CINEMA SUNDAYS / / The Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. 10:35 a.m. today. $15. Free coffee and bagels available at 9:45 a.m. 410-727-3456 or cinemasundays.com. .

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This is for cinephiles who long to stay ahead of the pack; movies are screened at least a week in advance of their Baltimore openings. This morning's feature is Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers whose robbery of a suburban New York jewelry store goes tragically wrong. Others in the cast include Marisa Tomei, Albert Finney and Rosemary Harris (best known lately as Aunt May in the Spider-Man films). Lumet has been making films for more than a half-century; career highlights include Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Network.

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[CHRIS KALTENBACH]

ART

ART TO DINE: JAZZ, JOYCE AND JOEL / / 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Tickets $50 from the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org

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Join playwrights, painters and other artists for a Sunday brunch at the home of playwright Robbye Apperson and her husband, Kevin. Painter Edna Emmet will be there along with artist and performer Joyce J. Scott and her pianist, Joel Holmes, who will add jazz to the early afternoon affair. Emmet will lead tours of the Appersons' art-filled Eutaw Place home. Quiches, salads, fruits and wine will be served.

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[TANIKA WHITE]

THEATER

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING / / 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 16. $18-$35. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. 410-752-2208 or everymantheatre.org.

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Everyman Theatre has chosen for its first foray into Shakespeare Much Ado -- a love story for adults. It's one of the Bard's rare comedies in which both partners must come to terms with their flaws and grow up before they're ready for a lasting relationship. It's also one of the wittiest, most playful works in the canon. Much Ado stars Jim Jack and Everyman stalwart Deborah Hazlett as the battling lovers.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

POP MUSIC

THE POLICE / / 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W. at Seventh Street, Washington. $53-$228. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com.

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One of the hottest tickets last summer, the Police tour rolls into the fall. The '80s super trio, best-known for such era-defining classics as "Roxanne" and "Every Breath You Take," reunited after more than 20 years and instantly sold out stadiums around the country. Sting will belt the hits alongside his bandmates, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

TELEVISION

THE DEAL / / 9 p.m. Thursday. HBO

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From the creative team that produced Helen Mirren's The Queen (2006), comes more Brit political intrigue with this wicked backstage look at the testy relationship between British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his predecessor, Tony Blair.

David Morrissey plays Brown, with Michael Sheen reprising his role from The Queen as Blair. Director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan are also alums of the Mirren film.

In this telling, Blair has the flair, while Brown brings the brains that put the Labour Party back in power. But for all the talk of friendship, they really, really don't like each other.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

OPERA

MARIA STUARDA / / 8:15 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Lyric Opera House, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave. $46-$132. 410-727-6000 or baltimoreopera.com.

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The sad tale of Mary Stuart, the Catholic Queen of Scots, and the death warrant issued by her Protestant cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, has generated many a book, some fine films and a great bel canto opera -- Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. That 1835 work, which ranks among the composer's most compelling efforts, returns this week to the repertoire of the Baltimore Opera Company after an absence of more than 30 years.

For the Baltimore production, Austrian soprano Gabriele Fontana will appear as Maria, with Argentine soprano Fabiana Bravo as Elisabetta and American tenor Gregory Kunde as Leicester.

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[TIM SMITH]

CONCERT

VIETNAM VETERANS' MEMORIAL CELEBRATION / / Noon-10 p.m. Saturday. The National Mall in Washington. Free. vva.org.

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In the early '90s, Local musician Lea Jones and former Marine Marc Waszkiewicz recorded an album of songs as a tribute to Vietnam veterans. The CD, Selector Switch On (Rock and Roll), is finally getting an official release this year. Saturday, Jones and the band FNG will perform songs from the album at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington as part of the memorial's 25th anniversary celebration. Other bands on the bill include the Kingston Trio, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad and Paulette Carlson.

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[SAM SESSA]

WASHINGTON

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG / / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. National Gallery of Art, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington. 202-737-4215 or nga.gov.

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A major retrospective of Rauschenberg's work in the print media, the new show presents more than 60 examples from all phases of the artist's career, including his experiments with digital techniques and prints on unconventional papers, cardboard, plastic and fabric.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

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