The Line Up

The best in arts & entertainment events from our staff

November 20, 2008|By Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod Ollison, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.


McDaniel College

Chinese landscapes, rodeo bull riding and Superman comic books are among the inspirations for the wide range of art on display in the fourth biennial McDaniel College Faculty Art Show, through Dec. 5 in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall on the McDaniel campus, 2 College Hill in Westminster. Featured artists include Susan Ruddick Bloom, Walter P. Calahan, Emily Grey, Ken Hankins, Trudi Ludwig Johnson, Michael Losch, Katya Dovghan Mychajlyshyn, Steven Pearson, Susan Clare Scott, Richard Stanley and Linda Van Hart.


'Next to Norma'

This darkly comic musical, about a seemingly normal suburban family who confronts a long-hidden secret, comes to Arena Stage after a much-acclaimed run off-Broadway. The show contains more than 30 original songs and explores the lengths to which two parents will go to keep their world intact. Tomorrow through Jan. 18 at Arena Stage in Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, Va. Showtimes vary. $51-$74. 202-488-3300 or

'Miss Nelson is Missing!'

A reprise of the 2001 hit in which a classroom of unruly fifth-graders drives away their sweet teacher, Miss Nelson - only to be subjected to the tyranny of her hideous substitute. Imagination Stage is one of the rare troupes that consistently stages quality shows for kids. Saturday through Jan. 4 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Showtimes vary. $10-$21. 301-280-1660 or



If you've ever wondered about the history behind the Katyn memorial in Harbor East, see Katyn tonight at 7 or Saturday at 1 p.m., at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. It's Polish director Andrzej Wajda's film about the 1940 Soviet massacre of 15,000 Polish police and military men. Wajda focuses on how the atrocity became a political football tossed between the German and Soviet armies. For Wajda, the great truth teller of Eastern European cinema, it's another chance to deconstruct the lies of the old Polish Communist regime. 301-495-6720 or


'The Cunning Little Vixen'

Every opera by Czech composer Leos Janacek offers remarkable rewards, musically and theatrically. The Cunning Little Vixen, inspired by a comic strip, is one of his most distinctive and enticing creations. Mixing human and animal characters together to tell a tale may not seem terribly original now that movies do it all the time, but it was pretty out-there in 1924. The opera's plot, revolving around a female fox, mingles fantasy, reality, humor and sadness to serve up an endearing lesson in nature's continual renewal. Peabody Opera Theatre offers a new production of the work (using a more direct translation of the original Czech title, Adventures of Sharp-Ears the Vixen). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Peabody Institute, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. $10-$25. 410-659-8100, ext. 2.

The Warsaw Philharmonic

The Warsaw Philharmonic, which has a century-long history of admirable music-making, returns to the region to perform some of the most popular works in the classical canon - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 and Piano Concerto No. 1. The soloist in the latter will be Russian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who possesses a striking combination of technical bravura and expressive power. Antoni Wit will conduct the program, which also includes Orawa, a boldly rhythmic, minimalist-influenced piece for strings by Polish composer Wojciech Kilar. The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5201 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $21-$65. 301-581-5100 or


Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson

Pop-rock and country-pop collide on the 2 Worlds 2 Voices tour. Given the powerful pipes of McEntire and Clarkson, the two will surely raise the arena roof. They perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $47.50-$57.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. 410-547-7328 or


Although he's been absent from the urban scene for a few years, the multiplatinum-selling soul crooner has been packing venues lately with his new tour. In concert, the native New Yorker has been delivering fan favorites such as "Til the Cops Come Knockin' " and "Fortunate." He performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive. Tickets are $60-$150 and are available through Ticketmaster. 410-547-7328 or


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