Swiftpicks

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

October 19, 2008|By Tim Swift

BOOKS

'More Information :

Than You Require':

John Hodgman - Apple's delightful personification of the PC - has written another bizarro almanac. It's your best source for info on mole men, hook-handed presidents and, of course, hobos! In stores Tuesday. You can also see him this Thursday at 7 p.m. at D.C.'s Politics & Prose bookstore.

For more: politics-prose.com

FILM

'Ready? OK!':

Part of next weekend's Baltimore Women's Film Festival, Ready? OK! really wants to be Little Mr. Sunshine. About a young boy who wants to join the cheerleading squad, the film is bright and cheery with a heavy dose of Gilmore Girls-inspired dialogue. Screens 8 p.m. Friday at the Landmark Theatre.

For more: bwfilmfestival.com

TV

'Saturday Night Live:

Weekend Update Thursday':

The presidential election has been a ratings gold mine for SNL, so much so that the show has temporarily set up shop in prime time. This week is your last chance to check out the Weekend Update crew on Thursday. Next week, Tina Fey will be back on 30 Rock, not as Sarah Palin, but as Liz Lemon. Airs 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WBAL, Channel 11.

ART

Open Studio Tour:

More than 140 artists are opening the doors to their studios this weekend to give Baltimoreans a behind-the-scenes look at their craft. The annual event continues from noon to 5 p.m. today with self-guided tours of studios north of North Avenue, including the Corradetti Glassblowing Studio (above). For a complete list of open studios, go to school33.org.

THEATER

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?':

Edward Albee's savage portrait of a really, really volatile marriage comes to Center Stage this week for a five-week run. Filled with vicious verbal assaults, it's quite the fiery drama. Even more so for Center Stage; the last time the company performed the play in 1974, the theater burned down. Previews begin Wednesday.

For more: centerstage.org

DVD

'The Incredible Hulk':

Maryland native Ed Norton returns the big green guy to his fugitive roots in one of this summer's most underrated action romps. There was a minor stir after the producers edited down the theatrical version to pump up the action. While the DVD doesn't offer a "director's cut," it does have a new opening and many deleted scenes. In stores Tuesday.

GAMES

Rock Band 2:

The drum set was simultaneously the best and worst part of the original Rock Band. Jamming on the drums was great fun, but the controls could be frustrating. With a wireless setup and more responsive controls, Rock Band 2 goes a long way to satisfy us couch-potato drummers. Out on PlayStation 3 Tuesday; already released on Xbox 360.

TV

Gary Busey:

on 'Celebrity Rehab':

Talk about being in denial. The erratic Gary Busey - while clearly needing Dr. Drew's services - checks in acting more like the good doctor than the patient he really is. His shenanigans are more than enough to compensate for this season's Z-list batch of addicted celebs. Airs at 10 p.m. Thursday on VH1.

CONCERT

Monotonix:

This Israeli rock band is anything but tame. After making a splash at the South by Southwest festival, the band has been relentlessly touring and building a reputation for frenzied performances. Warning: Drum sets and/or band members could be set on fire. Show starts at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Ottobar.

For more: theottobar.com

FILM

'The Response':

Using transcripts from Gitmo hearings on enemy combatants, filmmaker Sig Libowitz delivers a taut and engaging look into these little-understood tribunals. Shot in Baltimore, it features TV stars like The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi. Screens 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the UM School of Law's Ceremonial Courtroom, 500 W. Baltimore St.

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