More Critics' Choices

December 11, 2008|By Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Raven Smith, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.

ARTS

'Labyrinth of Peace'

Living Labyrinth for Peace by visionary artist and labyrinth builder Sandra Wasko-Flood runs through Jan. 10 at the Sub-Basement Artists Studios, 118 N. Howard St. Unlike mazes, labyrinths have one path that leads to the center and back. Wasko-Flood's Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace is an interactive installation of computer-programmed lights, designed to be walked. The exhibit also includes a labyrinth workshop Saturday, a peace workshop Dec. 20, a poetry reading Dec. 27 and a "peace panel" Jan. 3. Go to sbastudios.com.

Mitchell retrospective

The Mitchell School of Fine Arts will hold its first retrospective of work by its founder, Baltimore portrait artist Elizabeth "Polly" Mitchell, tomorrow through Jan. 12 at the school, 6247 Falls Road. An opening reception will be held 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The exhibit is free. Call 410-296-0077.

THEATER

'Crave'

Adventurous theatergoers may be intrigued by this structurally ambitious poetic play by Sarah Kane, who committed suicide at age 28. Four people identified only by their initials - or one person split into four characters - sit on stools and meditate about desire, death, despair and the parent-child bond. The play runs through Dec. 21 at Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave. Showtimes vary. Tickets $10-$12. Call 443-844-9253 or go to singlecarrot.com.

'Twelfth Night'

For a delectable holiday treat, take in Shakespeare's lushly romantic play about a pair of twins shipwrecked and then separated in a foreign land. Director Rebecca Bayla Taichman has said the Bard's exploration of love and gender politics is reminiscent of a Mozartian comedy. Twelfth Night runs through Jan. 4 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets $23.50-$79.75. Call 202-547-1122 or go to shakespearetheatre.org.

FILM

'Back to the Future'

The Charles Theatre's new midnight-movie series continues with Back to the Future, the hit special-effects comedy spectacle from 1985 that has some of the spunk, wit and ingenuity of classic Preston Sturges farces. Featuring Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in signature performances as, respectively, wild-eyed scientist Doc and fresh-faced teenager Marty McFly, the movie has some of the irresistible fun and charm of a brightly colored top in full twirl. It plays at midnight Friday and noon Saturday at the theater, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.

'Hallelujah, I'm a Bum'

Hallelujah, I'm a Bum is one old Depression musical (made in 1933) that will get you smiling through the latest recession. It stars Al Jolson, and if you never understood the appeal of the song-and-dance man who ushered in the sound age, this is the place to start: He's got charm to burn as a hobo "mayor," and so does the Rodgers and Hart score, which includes that knockout number "You Are Too Beautiful." It's Saturday's choice for the Enoch Pratty Free Library's FilmTalk series at 10 a.m. at the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Admission is free. Call 410-396-5430 or go to prattlibrary.org.

'Bombshell'

If you liked Singin' in the Rain or Tootsie, you'll love Bombshell, the scintillating 1933 inside-Hollywood comedy starring Jean Harlow. It plays 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Falvey Hall in Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center. The Baltimore Sun's Michael Sragow will be there to answer questions and sign copies of his new book, Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, on the film's director. Tickets are $3; $5 for two. Go to md-filmfest.com.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Baltimore Consort

The Baltimore Consort, founded at the Peabody Conservatory, has been going strong for nearly three decades, serving up early music from Europe and this country in vivacious style. With avid fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the ensemble of lutes, recorders, fifes, crumhorns, viols and more does a lot of concertizing outside of this area, so its weekend appearance commands extra attention. Presented by An die Musik, the Consort will give a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral St. Tickets are $10 to $20. Call 410-385-2638 or got to andiemusiklive.com.

POP MUSIC

Dr. John

For nearly 40 years, New Orleans native Dr. John has concocted a potent musical brew of funk, jazz, blues and pop. His muddy vocals add another dimension to his kaleidoscopic musicianship. Whether onstage or in the studio, it's hard to lock down his mercurial but inviting style. See him at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. today-Sunday at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $50. Call 202-337-4141 or go to bluesalley.com.

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