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August 28, 2008

Exhibit

Body Worlds 2

This is the last weekend to see Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds 2: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, a traveling exhibit at the Maryland Science Center that uses dissected cadavers to show the inner workings of the human body. Hours have been expanded to 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily to accommodate the end-of-run crowds expected to see it. More than 300,000 people already have seen Body Worlds in Baltimore, making it by far the biggest show ever presented at the science center. Through Monday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. 410-685-2370 or mdsci.org. $24 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for kids.

Edward Gunts

Theater

Maria/Stuart

In this world premiere, playwright Jason Grote updates Friedrich Schiller's tale of warring queens into a macabre romp through suburban America. Maria/Stuart features the talents of that delectable comedienne and Woolly ensemble member, Naomi Jacobson. Through Sept. 14 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St., N.W., Washington. Show times: 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Sundays. $26-$60. 202-393-3939 or woollymammoth.net.

Mary Carole McCauley

Theater

Rabbit Hole

This play, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is heartbreaking, humorous and beautifully acted. An upper-middle-class suburban couple (Deborah Hazlett and Paul Morella) discover they have conflicting coping mechanisms after a traffic accident claims the life of their 4-year-old son. Through Sept. 7 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sundays. $25-$48. 301-924-3400 or olneytheatre.org.

Mary Carole McCauley

Architecture

Hilton Baltimore hotel

Be among the first to check out downtown Baltimore's newest major building, the $301 million Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel , 401 W. Pratt St. You don't have to reserve one of the 757 guest rooms. The lower levels include a lobby bar and a sports-themed restaurant called the Diamond Tavern. Don't miss the contemporary artwork by local artists such as Helen Elliott, Mari Gardner and Loring Cornish, all tied to a Baltimore theme.

Edward Gunts

Film

Passage to India

The AFI Silver closes its salute to David Lean with the master's final triumph, A Passage to India, a soul-stirring adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel about the connections and conflicts that spring up between the British and their subjects in colonial India in the 1920s, with Judy Davis sensational as the bold Adela Quested and Victor Banerjee equally brilliant and intuitive as the poetic, sensuous Dr. Aziz. Plays at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. Sunday and Monday at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301-495-6720 or afi.com.

Michael Sragow

Film

Cinema Paradiso

Little Italy Open Air Film Festival closes its season (as always) with Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore's beloved salute to the power of illusions in general and movies in particular, featuring a superb performance from Philippe Noiret as a wise small-town projectionist. Plays at 9 p.m. tomorrow at High and Stiles street in Little Italy. Go to littleitalymd.com.

Michael Sragow

Concert

Maysa

Known professionally by just her first name, Baltimore singer-songwriter Maysa Leak has amassed a strong international following since her days with the acid-jazz collective Incognito in the 1990s. She continues to evolve beautifully as a solo artist, adding attractive shades of jazz and world music to her soulful musical palette. Metamorphosis, her new album, is an ambitious set of original tunes that should satisfy fans of her previous solo efforts and her work with Incognito. Her concert is at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $39.50 and are available through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com.

Rashod D. Ollison

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