The Lineup

The best in arts & entertainment events from our staff

November 06, 2008

pop music

The Decemberists :

Known for their infallible melodies and densely literate lyrics, the Decemberists have risen from indie darlings to acclaimed mainstream musicians. The band writes fantastical lyrical tales teeming with sea captains and legionnaires. They play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $30 at the door. Call 410-244-1131 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison


'The Grinch':

The national tour of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, about the green beast with a heart "two sizes too small," kicks off in Baltimore on Tuesday. The show runs at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., through Nov. 23. Tickets are $25-$65. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

Mary Carole McCauley


Irish Festival:

The Maryland Irish Festival offers fun for all ages in the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. There will be Irish food, dancing, music and family activities. The festival runs 6 p.m.-11 p.m. tomorrow, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$10; free for children younger than 12. Call 410-905-7969 or go to

Kate Shatzkin


'The Unit':

It is time to give this action-adventure series from CBS a second look - if for no other reason than the work of Dennis Haysbert as Jonas Blane, head of a government counterterrorism unit. In an episode titled "Into Hell, Part 1," the team goes into Iraq in search of Blane's daughter, who has been kidnapped. The Unit airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on WJZ (Channel 13).

David Zurawik


'ART MD 2008':

Forty-eight regional artists have work featured in ART MD 2008, the Howard County Arts Council's biennial juried exhibit, which runs through Dec. 12 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Award winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Go to

Edward Gunts


Vampire flick:

Female vampires who aren't Dracula's brides or daughters are rare enough in horror films. The Swedish film Let the Right One In features one who is a sensitive 12-year-old girl. It's this weekend's pick for Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The screening is at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $15. Call 410-727-3456 or go to

Michael Sragow


Handel Choir of Baltimore

Melinda O'Neal, the dynamic artistic director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, will conduct her well-honed singers in richly expressive works by the group's namesake and Bach, all accompanied by an orchestra of period instruments. Two of Bach's vivid cantatas will be featured, along with Handel's The King shall rejoice, composed for the coronation of England's George II. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at First English Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10-$44. Call 410-366-6544 or go to

Tim Smith

Concert Artists of Baltimore

The Concert Artists of Baltimore finishes up election week appropriately with an all-American program. Edward Polochick will conduct the ensemble in such favorites as Barber's Adagio for Strings and dance episodes from Copland's Rodeo and Bernstein's On the Town. Inna Faliks will be the piano soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and "I've Got Rhythm" Variations. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $20-$28. Call 410-625-3525 or go to

Tim Smith

The Peabody

Two notable events are on the Peabody calendar. Gene Young conducts the Peabody Camerata in Schoenberg's brilliant Chamber Symphony No. 1 and a great work inspired by it, the Chamber Symphony by John Adams. This free concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Griswold Hall. The 10th anniversary of that hall will be celebrated with a wide-ranging program featuring organist Donald Sutherland, conductor Edward Polochick, percussionist Svetoslav Stoyanov and other artists. The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$15. Both events are at the Peabody Conservatory, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2, or go to

Tim Smith



The New York-based David Dorfman Dance troupe's underground explores the boundary between activism and terrorism in this multimedia movement piece inspired by the militant 1960s group the Weathermen. A discussion with Dorfman follows each performance. Showtimes are 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Tickets are $7-$35. Call 301-405-2787.

Mary Carole McCauley


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