The best in arts & entertainment events from our staff


November 13, 2008



Stacy Keach - yep, old Mike Hammer himself - makes the first of two appearances in Washington this season. This month, he portrays the disgraced former U.S. president as he engages in a battle of wits with an improbable opponent, jet-setting talk show host David Frost, in Frost/Nixon. The play runs through Nov. 30 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $25-$80. Call 202-416-8448 or go to

Mary CaroleMcCauley



The Walters Art Museum explores the ancient Egyptians' fascination with human and animal mummies in Mummified, which opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 8, 2009, on the second level of the museum, 600 N. Charles St. As part of the exhibit, visitors can view a "virtual autopsy" of one of the museum's mummies and see the results of a CT scan performed on it last spring. Call 410-547-9000 or go to

Edward Gunts


'Rosemary's Baby':

"Pray for Rosemary's Baby" was one of the great movie come-ons of the '60s, and Roman Polanski, working from Ira Levin's dynamite best-seller, crafted a suspense film that lived up to it, starring Mia Farrow as the tremulously beautiful young bride who is carrying either her husband's child ... or Satan's. It plays at noon Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.Call 410-727-3456 or go to

Michael Sragow

pop music


After an eight-year hiatus, AC/DC released Black Ice, the legendary band's 15th studio album, last month. The CD sold more than 700,000 copies in its first week, debuting at No.1 on the charts. Not bad for a rock group whose first album appeared on vinyl and 8-track back in '75. See AC/DC at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $92.50 and available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-7328 or going to

Rashod D. Ollison


'Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special' :

The creator of the BBC version of The Office and Emmy Award-winning star of HBO's Extras performs at Madison Square Garden in this comedy special. Two things about Gervais as a stand-up comedian: He's offbeat and daring. And that makes for an exciting performance. The show airs at 10 p.m. Saturday on HBO.

David Zurawik


Consignment sale:

Everyone needs a deal these days - especially on clothes, which kids outgrow so fast. The TotSwap Children's Consignment Sale offers gently used items from more than 300 families, including clothes, books, toys, furniture and baby equipment. The sale takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Admission is free. A portion of the sale's proceeds will go to the March of Dimes. Call 410-747-6978 or go to

Kate Shatzkin

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