The best in arts & entertainment events from our staff


November 13, 2008|By Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod Ollison, Raven Smith, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.


'Well-Tempered Clavier'

If asked to identify the single most important work of keyboard music, in terms of originality, depth and long-lasting influence, many a scholar would point to the Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. Book I of this brilliant collection of preludes and fugues will be performed in its entirety on the harpsichord by Richard Egarr, who recently became music director of England's top-drawer Academy of Ancient Music. This presentation by the Shriver Hall Concert Series will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is free with advance reservations. Call 410-516-7164 or go to

Harmonious Blacksmith

Harmonious Blacksmith, the dynamic group that performs early music on period instruments, has prepared an intriguing program based on one of the most endearing stories about the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. In his youth, Bach secretly copied a musical manuscript by moonlight when an older brother refused to share it. This concert will include works that Bach made copies of, works by the likes of Vivaldi and Pachelbel. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Engineers Club (Garrett-Jacobs Mansion), 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $5 and $20. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive. com.

Francis Poulenc

Many a local performance has benefited from the songful playing of Vladimir Lande, principal oboist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Concert Artists of Baltimore. He's also a refined chamber music player, and he has a great outlet for that repertoire in the Poulenc Trio, in which he is joined by two fine colleagues, bassoonist Bryan Young and pianist Irina Lande. The ensemble will perform works by its namesake, Francis Poulenc, as well as Jean Francaix, Astor Piazzolla and others, at 7 p.m. Sunday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $10 and $25. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andie


Dance movies

Tomorrow, Creative Alliance will showcases dance films by choreographer Scott Rink. His DanceRink company stars in a series of three films based on works by Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and the 1952 radio play Women's Prison. The show is at 8 p.m.; admission is $12 ($10 for members) at the Patterson, 3314 Eastern Ave. Call 410-276-1651 or go to


Euphoria by Lee Boot and Stacy Arnold, a playful, multiform film, aims to dislodge the belief that you can find happiness through consumption, and substitute the idea that joy comes from emotional and spiritual growth and creative activity. It returns to the local screen for showings at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Senator, 5904 York Road. Admission is $10. Call 410-435-8338 or go to

'Romeo et Juliette'

The classic expression of the agony and ecstasy of young love comes to the Charles Theatre at 1711 N. Charles St. with Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, this week's entry in a series of digitally recorded operas. Bartlett Sher's production for the Salzburg Festival stars Nino Machaidze as Juliette and Rolando Villazon as Romeo. Showtimes are 6:45 p.m. Sunday and 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at brownpaper

The Who

If you're still talkin' 'bout your generation, you can't miss The Who at Killburn 1977, presented digitally at the Charles Theatre at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday Admission is $8. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles. com.

'In Mom's Head'

In Mom's Head continues the Charles' series of contemporary French films (co-organized with the French-American Cultural Foundation). There's no synopsis listed for it on the Internet Movie Database, but the keywords it calls up include "boyfriend girlfriend relationship," "slap" and "zoo." It stars Karin Viard and Jane Birkin and screens at 7 tonight and noon Saturday. Call 410-727-3456 or go to


Euge Groove

After graduating from the University of Miami School of Music, Steve Grove (aka Euge Groove) remained in Miami, playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group's No. 1 1987 single "Seasons Change." Since then, he has been an in-demand session musician and has released four well-received albums of his own. See him at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $35. Call 410-268-4545 or go to


Baltimore cityscapes

Oil paintings of Baltimore cityscapes by Patricia Bennett are featured in One Mile North, One Mile South, an exhibit that runs through Nov. 21 at the Antreasian Gallery, 1111 W. 36th St. Call 410-235-4420 or go to antreasian

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