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November 11, 2007

HOLIDAY

BALTIMORE THANKSGIVING PARADE -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Pratt Street from Howard Street to Market Place.

It isn't quite Macy's, but Baltimore's annual parade features big balloons, bands, horses and Santa Claus, who arrives from the North Pole in a sleigh pulled by horses. Afterward, children can stop by Santa's Place, near the Inner Harbor amphitheater, to place their orders for the year.

[LIZ ATWOOD]

CLASSICAL

YALE GORDON TRIBUTE -- 2 p.m. today at Temple Oheb Shalom 7310, Park Heights Ave. To reserve free tickets, call 410-358-0105.

Yale Gordon did so much to boost the presence of music in Baltimore while he was alive and has been doing so since his death in 1984, thanks to the foundation he and his wife started in 1980, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

To commemorate the 100th birthday of Yale Gordon - and Veterans Day - Edward Polochick will conduct the Concert Artists of Baltimore this afternoon in an all-American program of Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin. Inna Faliks will be the piano soloist. The concert's sponsor, of course, is the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

[TIM SMITH]

TELEVISION PROJECT RUNWAY -- 10 p.m. Wednesday. Bravo

After more than a year of reruns, Project Runway returns this week with a new crop of snippy designers for its fourth season.

This year, host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn dispense with the extended auditions of past editions and cut right to the challenge. And instead of unconventional materials - like Season 3's housewares - the new contestants get their pick of ultra-pricey fabrics. But this artistic freedom turns out to be a double-edged sword for some.

With 16 designers in the mix, many personalities get lost in the shuffle in these early episodes, but Annapolis native Christian Siriano has no such problem. The young design student talks a lot of smack, but (judging from the first show) he has the talent to back it up.

[TIM SWIFT]

ART

IN THE RACE SHOW -- By appointment. The Whole Gallery, 405 W. Franklin St. 3rd. Floor. Free. Contact briana.bainbridge@gmail.com or go to theraceshow.blogspot.com.

What happens when you ask 13 artists, many of them graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art, to create an artwork from the point of view of a person of another race? Curator Lu Zhang asked a group of art school chums to take on the project, and the results say a lot about how race plays out as an issue in Baltimore's art world.

The Whole Gallery is an underground venue not widely known to the public, and it could be an ideal hatchery for young talent. The show is well worth a look just for the questions it raises about how notions of race and reality. [GLENN MCNATT]

THEATER

THE LION IN WINTER -- 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 16. $18; $15 for students and seniors. Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. 410-752-1225 or spotlighters.org.

"What family doesn't have its ups and downs?"

That's a classic line spoken by Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter. Lion initially was a stage drama that was made into a rip-roaring, scenery-chewing 1968 film, featuring Peter O'Toole as England's King Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as his queen. It also was a vivid depiction of the poisonous, passionate bond between two larger-than-life personalities embroiled in a long marriage. Now, the Spotlighters is re-creating the stage version, complete with the incisive, witty dialogue.

[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

POP MUSIC

JIMMY EAT WORLD -- 7 p.m. today. Sonar Lounge, 407 E. Saratoga St. $25. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com

This emo-pop quartet's ubiquitous 2002 summer smash, "The Middle," helped push its self-titled 2001 album to multi-platinum sales. Three years later, the Arizona band built on the momentum with the gloomy, perhaps overly produced Futures. But with its just-released new album, Chase This Light, Jimmy Eat World returns to straightforward, hook-driven pop powered by stacked guitars and big drums. The group is currently touring behind the CD.

[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

FILM

ODD MAN OUT -- 4:30 p.m. Wednesday -- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $5. 301-495-6700 or afi.com/silver.

Carol Reed's Odd Man Out (1947) is the rare movie classic that grows more relevant and compelling with every passing year. This harrowing story of police pursuit concentrates on the souls of a fugitive Irish revolutionary, Johnny McQueen (James Mason), shot during a payroll robbery, and the men and women who briefly harbor but cannot heal or succor him. His own life hanging by a frayed strand, his main concern is whether he killed a man. When he discovers that he did, his moral wound is as debilitating as his mortal one.

What makes the movie almost unbearably poignant is that Johnny, as he's dying, is stumbling toward transcendence. Working from a script by F.L. Green and R.C. Sherriff (from Green's 1945 novel), director Reed creates a fragmented and fragmenting world, where the soul cracks and flies apart. Odd Man Out is the most compassionate of movies. It's a poetic summary of 20th-century harshness - of what can be called the inhuman condition.

[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

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