The Lineup The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

December 11, 2008


Stoop Holiday Hoopla:

Sheila Dixon will be one of seven storytellers this week at the popular Stoop Storytelling Series, which has moved to bigger digs at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. We can find out which treats Bawlmer's top politico leaves out for Santa and vice-versa. Stoop Holiday Hoopla: A Charm City Seasonal Spectacular is 7 p.m. Monday at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets $20. Call 800-838-3006 or go to

Mary CaroleMcCauley


'Strange Bodies':

Creations by Jean Dubuffet, Willem De Kooning, Philip Guston and Franz West are among more than 40 works featured in Strange Bodies: Figurative Works From the Hirshhorn Collection, which opens today and runs through early 2010 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh Street S.W., Washington. Call 202-633-1000 or go to

Edward Gunts


'Bad Santa':

Starring a never-better and never-worse Billy Bob Thornton as a degenerate shopping-mall Santa in a criminal partnership with a foul-mouthed elf (Tony Cox), Bad Santa is the rare film that sustains the power of a sick joke to a 91-minute running-time. It may be director Terry Zwigoff's finest hour and a half. See it at the AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, at 9:35 p.m. tomorrow and 9:45 p.m. Sunday. Go to

Michael Sragow

pop music

Pieces of a Dream:

Though associated with jazz in the beginning of its 30 years on the scene, the Philadelphia unit has mostly focused on instrumental funk and R&B over the years. If you like the amiable, unobtrusive sounds of acts such as Spyro Gyra, you'll find Pieces of a Dream appealing. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $35. Call 410-268-4545 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison


'The White House':

The documentary The White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home kicks off a week of outstanding programming related to the presidency. The filmmakers had unlimited access to the White House, and it shows. The film includes interviews with President George W. Bush's family, as well as White House staff and presidential historians. Airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on C-SPAN.

David Zurawik



Tinsel trolley:

There are lots of opportunities to sit on Santa's lap, but how often do you get to ride a streetcar with him? This weekend and next, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum offers rides on its tinsel trolley with Santa to his workshop, 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; the museum, at 1901 Falls Road, will open at noon. Tickets are $7; $5 for children younger than 12. Call 410-547-0264 or go to

Kate Shatzkin

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