Best Of This Week

April 20, 2008

THEATER

LOST IN ELECTROLAND / / 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Through April 27. $10-$20. Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. 410-752-8558 or theatreproject. org.

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Think theater on steroids. That promises to be the experience of Lost in Electroland, a multimedia extravaganza featuring a rock 'n' roll concert retelling of Peter Pan. The show, presented by the Chocolate Factory Performance Collective and Towson University's MFA Theatre Program, features live original music, absurdist storytelling, burlesque lady-bots and a fully interactive sound and video design, and is "rated" PG-13.

It's hard not to be charmed by a show that features this caveat: "Warning: Contains Twinkies and Dr. Pepper."

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

ART

CRITIC'S DELIGHT / / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100. Free. 410-962-8565 or mdartplace.org.

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This is the 22nd year in which Maryland Art Place has invited a distinguished critic to curate a show of local artists and mentor young writers in the fine points of critical interpretation. Critic Robert Berlind has chosen nine artists and two writers to work on this year's project. There's no particular theme to the show; each of the artists follows his or her own muse. But the work is strong.

Mark Alice Durant of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will moderate a public forum to discuss the exhibition and related issues in contemporary art on May 2 at 2 p.m. The event is free.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

ARCHITECTURE

DANIEL LIBESKIND / / 6 p.m. Thursday. $15. Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave. 410-625-2585 or www.aiabalt.com

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Architect Daniel Libeskind received international attention in 2003 when he won an international competition to develop a vision for rebuilding Ground Zero, the land in lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Since then, he has opened an office in New York, Studio Daniel Libeskind; written a book, Breaking Ground, and designed buildings for clients around the world. Libeskind will visit Baltimore to discuss his life, work and ideas about architecture as the final speaker in the spring lecture series sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His talk will be followed by a reception.

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[EDWARD GUNTS]

TELEVISION

MY BOY JACK / / 9 tonight. MPT (Channels 22 and 67)

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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) star in this deeply touching tale of the son of author Rudyard Kipling and his efforts to join the British army in World War I. The young Kipling is just 17 and plagued by poor eyesight, but he's determined to fight for his country. His influential father supports his patriotic zeal, and pulls strings to get the lad inducted. But as this tue story unfolds, his mother fears the worst for her son. The film is far and away one of Masterpiece Theatre's finest moments in the last several seasons.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

WASHINGTON

FILMFEST DC / / Thursday through May 4. Various locations within Washington. Times and prices vary. Some events are free. 202-234-3456 or filmfestdc.org.

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Theaters around the city showcase more than 70 films from countries around the world, including France, the United States, Spain, Egypt and the United Kingdom. This year's event has a focus on New Latin American Cinema and Politics & Film and features international award winners and Official Foreign Language Film Oscar selections.

The lineup includes Sweden's The King Of Ping Pong, winner of the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema-Dramatic at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Iran's Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, a 2008 Berlin Film Festival award-winner and Mexico's Silent Light, which won the 2007 Cannes Jury Prize. Directors and cast members will be in attendance for some screenings.

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[JENNIFER CHOI]

CLASSICAL

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / / 8 p.m. Thursday at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $15 to $84. 410-783-8000 or bsomusic.org

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French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier can be counted on to produce dynamic and tasteful music-making when he visits the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podium. He's back this week to lead the evergreen Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz and Prokofiev's bracing Piano Concerto No. 1 (with 20-year-old Yuja Wang as soloist). Also on the program: the colorful Armenian Suite from 1954 by Richard Yardumian, father of BSO director of artists and special projects Miryam Yardumian, who is leaving the orchestra this season after 19 years.

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[TIM SMITH]

POP MUSIC

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