Swiftpicks

10 things not to miss from A&E editor Tim Swift

October 12, 2008|By Tim Swift

LECTURE

Ignite Baltimore:

We've all heard of speed dating. But speed lectures? Ignite Baltimore brings together 16 experts but gives them only five minutes. Organizers say anything is fair game as long as it's interesting. This month's lineup includes WYPR's Aaron Henkin (above). Starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Windup Space.

For more: ignitebaltimore.com

FILM

Josh Brolin in 'W.':

Early reviews have been mixed about Oliver Stone's biopic of President Bush. Mission not accomplished, most say. But Brolin - a standout in No Country for Old Men - makes for an eerie and entertaining doppelganger for our embattled 43rd president. He nails the accent, the charm and, of course, the befuddlement. In theaters Friday.

TV

'Project Runway':

The slick and addictive reality show closes its fifth season this week (we're rooting for Korto). Savor the couture and the cattiness, because this may be the last new Runway for awhile. Rivals Bravo and Lifetime are embroiled in a messy legal fight, possibly delaying Season 6. Airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo.

ART

'Curators Incubator':

This week is your last chance to check out the work of budding curators at Maryland Art Place. Rebecca Weber's Invisible Omniscience particularly stands out for its creative staging and timely topic of how technology is infringing on civil liberties. Closes Saturday.

For more: mdartplace.org

POP MUSIC

'Perfect Symmetry':

by Keane:

British piano rockers Keane return for their third studio album, pushing their pensive sound even more into springy pop territory. Songs like "Spiralling" signal an effort more in line with a David Bowie album than a Grey's Anatomy soundtrack. They even use (gasp!) some guitar. In stores Tuesday.

TV

'The Choice' :

John McCain and Barack Obama have been the subject of countless books and documentaries, but rarely have their stories been told together. This week, PBS' Frontline brilliantly (and fairly) weaves the stories of how both men beat the odds to become their party's presidential candidate. Airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on MPT, Channels 22/67.

OPERA

'Aida' :

Against an innovative multimedia backdrop, the Baltimore Opera Company revisits Verdi's classic Egyptian love story. Tenor Antonello Palombi stars as a warrior who falls for an Ethiopian slave (soprano Tiziana Caruso), setting off a fatal conflict. Next performance is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lyric.

For more: baltimoreopera.com

DVD

'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom:

of the Crystal Skull':

Indiana Jones has finally scraped his way back into the movies. Harrison Ford and Karen Allen are in rare form, seamlessly reprising their roles from 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. But those wanting serious adventure should look elsewhere. This is a cheeky reunion through and through. In stores Tuesday.

THEATER

'Food for Fish':

Loosely based on Chekhov's Three Sisters, Single Carrot Theatre's latest show is a bit bleak, but there is enough weirdness to keep this dark comedy a comedy. The gender-bending play centers on sisters who share a Manhattan flat but long for, of all places, New Jersey. Through Oct. 26 at Load of Fun gallery.

For more: singlecarrot.com

CONCERT

GWAR:

Now for something completely different. An outlandish punk metal band known for its monster suits and celebrity spoofs, GWAR brings its crazed stage show to Baltimore next weekend. The masters of bad taste aren't for everyone, but they're anything but boring. Show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sonar.

For more: sonarbaltimore.com

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