Best Of This Week

June 08, 2008

ART

JIM DINE / / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Opens Wednesday. Free. Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org.

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The Pop artist with a personal touch, Dine's images of everyday objects such as tools, neckties and hearts are often oblique references to significant events in his life. The BMA's tightly focused exhibition, which is part of its Front Room series, presents about 20 works on paper and one sculpture by the artist.

Dine is known as an innovative printmaker, and the show includes his five harrowing lithographs titled Car Crash, the etchings Five Paintbrushes and Braid and an artist's book, The Temple of Flora.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

LEISURE

SECOND ANNUAL DAD'S ALL CORVETTE CAR SHOW / / 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Security Square Mall, 6901 Security Blvd. $20 for car registration. Free. Call 410-258-8638 or go to baltimorecocorvetteclub.com.

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The Baltimore County Corvette Club celebrates Father's Day with hot rides at this show, which features Corvettes of various years and styles. The top three competitors for each Corvette Class (C1-C6) receive prizes. Awards will also be given out for best stock, best paint, best modified, largest club participation and best interior.

The field includes between 100 and 200 vehicles. Registered participants receive goody bags. Visitors can win door prizes, listen to music by a live DJ and choose from several food vendors. A portion of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For registration forms, send an e-mail to BTRIPLEC @msn.com.

[JENNIFER CHOI]

POP MUSIC

LIL WAYNE / / 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $30-$200. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.

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The charismatic Southern rapper has been burning up the charts with his latest single, the quirky "Lollipop." Next week, he releases Tha Carter III, probably one of the most hotly anticipated hip-hop albums of the summer. Lil Wayne's ascent to rap superstardom was swift. While still in his teens, he was part of the Hot Boys, an all-star group on the Cash Money label. Since his 1999 solo debut, The Block is Hot, Wayne has been one of hip-hop's most consistent hitmakers.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

TELEVISION

ROMAN POLANKSI: WANTED AND

DESIRED / / 9 p.m. tomorrow. HBO

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If you know little or nothing about the sensational case involving sex with a minor that led film director Roman Polanski to flee the United States in 1977, then this HBO documentary could be for you.

But if you think you already know all there is to know about Polanski and the infamous court proceeding, then this film is definitely for you.

Director Marina Zenovich goes deep behind the scenes to offer one of the most nuanced and multidimensional portraits ever of the acclaimed director of Chinatown. Better yet, she upends conventional wisdom from the 1970s about the reasons for Polanski's flight by revealing a deeply flawed California court system in which he seemed to be a helpless pawn.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

CLASSICAL

JONATHAN MOYER / / 5:30 p.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. Free.

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Olivier Messiaen found the pipe organ to be an ideal instrument for communicating what might be called his musical faith. A devout Catholic and lifelong organist at a Paris church, the French composer poured his deep-set feelings about his religion into nearly everything he wrote, but did so with particularly intense and mystical expression in his organ music. Moyer, a fine Peabody Conservatory-trained organist who has performed throughout the region and abroad, is marking the centennial of Messiaen's birth by performing the complete organ works in a cycle of concerts held over a period of several months. Today's second installment in this admirable venture includes Les Corps Glorieux, which Messiaen described as "seven brief visions of the life of the resurrected."

[TIM SMITH]

DVD

JOHN ADAMS / / Tuesday. HBO Video. $59.99

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Based on his best-selling biography and personally blessed by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, this is one of the finest miniseries TV has ever delivered.

Driving the narrative through virtually every frame of film is the 54-year marriage between Adams, the second president of the United States, and his wife, Abigail.

Strictly based on the voluminous collection of letters between the two, the inspirational love affair is brought movingly to life by Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney in two of the most compelling performances of the TV year.

Be warned: This is a miniseries dedicated to showing the truth of 18th-century Colonial life, which translates to plenty of mud, disease, death and gore. But in the end, it only makes their story all the more uplifting.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

THEATER

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