Swiftpicks

10 things not to miss

from A&E editor Tim Swift

August 31, 2008|By Tim Swift

1. Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld:

He'll finally be on TV again. Unfortunately, he'll be shilling for Microsoft. But - in Baltimore - fans can get Jerry without the Bill Gates baggage in a series of stand-up shows next weekend at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Now a family man, Seinfeld has cast his eye toward the kiddie set. Expect the subjects of Elmo and "portable insane asylums" (aka inflatable playsets) to come up.

For more: ticketmaster.com

Concert

2. Ben Lee:

Known for dating actresses Claire Danes and Ione Skye, this awkward-looking Australian singer might just be the Lyle Lovett of our time. But unlike Lovett, Lee knows how to reach the masses. His power pop songs have graced ABC's Grey's Anatomy and (this is strange) VH1's Flavor of Love 3. He performs tonight at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis. Showtime at 5 p.m.

For more: ramsheadtavern.com

TV

3. "90210":

Yes, it's one of the most anticipated new shows of the fall season. But believe me, that's not saying much. The CW is dusting off the '90s guilty pleasure with a new batch of teens, but original cast members like Shannon Dougherty and Jennie Garth are also on board. Fans of The Wire : should look for Season 4's Tristan Wilds as he trades blighted rowhouses for shiny Rodeo Drive. Premieres 8 p.m. Tuesday on WNUV, Channel 54.

4. Books

"The Book of Lies":

by Brad Meltzer:

Melding his experience as both a writer of mystery novels and comic-books, Meltzer weaves a thriller that connects the Abel and Cain saga to the literary origins of Superman. And if the plot isn't weird enough for ya, the book has a "trailer" online starring - among others - the creators of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Lost. In stores Tuesday.

5. Art

"Phenomena: Visual Echo":

by Chul-Hyun Ahn:

Calling Ahn's sculptures visually simulating may be a bit of an understatement. With his new show at C. Grimaldis Gallery, Ahn presents his amazing series of mirrored light boxes that simulate infinite space. They're alternately relaxing and vertigo-inducing. Opens Thursday.

For more: cgrimaldisgallery.com

6. Games

Mega Man 9:

Most of the video-game stars of the '80s and '90s have gone 3-D and high-def. But Capcom's Mega Man is staying true to his two-dimensional roots in his latest release. The actual game is a decidedly low-tech experience, but buying it won't be. Instead of picking it up at the store, players can download the game directly to their video game console. Available on Xbox Live Tuesday.

7. TV

Isis:

on "America's Next Top Model" :

If you believe the CW show, Tyra Banks plucked Isis from a fashion shoot, unaware that the 22-year-old was transgendered. But this equal-opportunity attitude does translate on screen, as Banks avoids being sensational. It also helps that Isis, who grew up in Maryland as a boy, takes a good picture. Isis is no drag queen - despite what her competition says. Premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday on WNUV, Channel 54.

8. Theater

"Wishful Drinking":

with Carrie Fisher:

Delving into her often-stormy life growing up and becoming a star in Hollywood, Fisher brings her saucy one-woman show to D.C.'s Lincoln Theatre. It isn't quite as polished as the movie Postcards From the Edge (a fictional take on the same material), but it's a great confession. Opens Friday.

For more: arena-stage.org

9. Film

"Roman Polanski::

Wanted And Desired" :

The director of Chinatown and The Pianist, Polanski is one of the few Hollywood directors whose personal life rivals the drama of his films. This engaging documentary details his troubled life from the grisly murder of his wife to the sex scandal that keeps him out of the U.S. to this day. It screens 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles Theatre. Director Marina Zenovich will answer questions after the film.

For more: thecharles.com

10. Pop Music

"That Lucky Old Sun":

by Brian Wilson:

Pretty much a gooey love letter to Southern California, Wilson's latest solo album should more than satisfy fans of the Beach Boys with its familiar themes and catchy hooks. In songs like "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl" and "Good Kind of Love," Wilson gets nostalgic without getting redundant. One downside: Some of the songs descend into cringe-inducing spoken word. In stores Tuesday.

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