Best Of This Week

January 13, 2008

POP MUSIC

WYCLEF JEAN / / 9 p.m. Thursday. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $27.50-$30. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

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One of the standout pop / hip-hop performers to emerge in the 1990s, Wyclef Jean made a name for himself as a rapper, songwriter and producer. Along with his old high school classmates Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, Jean formed the Fugees and released The Score, the multiplatinum 1996 classic that spawned such hits as "Killing Me Softly" and "Fu-Gee-La." Last month, Jean released The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, the Grammy winner's sixth solo effort. Studded with several marquee names including Paul Simon, Norah Jones and Mary J. Blige, the CD is Jean's most sprawling, daring album.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

CLASSICAL

KING TRIBUTE / / 8 p.m. Tuesday. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $10-$55. 410-783-8000 or bsomusic.org.

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony and Morgan State University Choir are coming together for the State of Maryland's 22nd Annual Tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday. Soulful Symphony founder Darin Atwater will host the concert, which features two conductors. Joseph Young, the first BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellow, will lead musicians from both orchestras in works by noted African- American composers, past and present -- William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, Adolphus Hailstork and Baltimore-based James Lee III (a movement from his brilliant Beyond Rivers of Vision, premiered by the National Symphony in 2006).

On the second half of the program, current Morgan State Choir music director Eric Conway will conduct the combined orchestral and vocal forces in works arranged or composed by his predecessor, the late, inspiring and inspired Nathan Carter.

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[TIM SMITH]

FILM

POE TALES / / 3 p.m. Saturday. Enoch Pratt Free Library Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. Free. 410-396-1580 or prattlibrary.org / calendar.

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Sorry, Anne Rice, but Edgar Allan Poe is still Baltimore's favorite author of creepy fiction, as witnessed by the city's annual celebration of his Jan. 19, 1809, birthday. True, there's no substitute for actually reading Poe, and there has yet to be a great cinematic adaptation of his works. But there have been plenty of good ones, and here's the chance to sample three short rarities that you probably won't find anywhere else but in the Pratt's vast archives. James Mason narrates 1953's Oscar-nominated The Tell-Tale Heart, a stylish and macabre short from the same production company (UPA) responsible for the Mr. Magoo cartoons; Yugoslavian animators create a pen-and-ink version of The Masque of the Red Death (1970); and director William Olsen's 1978 version of The Haunted Palace, about which I can find absolutely no additional information. Sounds promising!

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[CHRIS KALTENBACH]

ART

JEFFREY KENT / / 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

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In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, painter and Sub-Basement Artist Studios founder Jeffrey Kent deconstructs the signifiers of masculinity in contemporary America through colorfully expressive images of cowboys, politicians, corporate tycoons and comic superheroes, all embellished with the artist's signature backward handwriting. Kent's take on these stereotypical emblems of manhood combines humor and satire to unmask the often-hollow reality behind the hype.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

TELEVISION

OSWALD'S GHOST / / 10 p.m. tomorrow. MPT (Channels 22 and 67).

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American Experience, TV's finest history series ever, begins its 20th season tomorrow night on PBS with a compelling look at the way the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 changed American culture and consciousness.

Robert Stone (Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) directs the 90-minute documentary that explores the legacy of distrust that continues to surround the government's claim that Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old former Marine, acted alone in killing Kennedy.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

THEATER

DARIO FO'S MISTERO BUFFO / / 10:30 a.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 27. $10-$20. Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. 410-704-2787 or questfest.org.

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