The best in weekend arts & entertainment events from our staff

January 22, 2009|By Edward Gunts, Sarah Kickler Kelber, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.


Truckers tour

Drive-By Truckers hail from Athens, Ga., and sport a sound that melds brash Southern hard rock with erudite lyrics. The band's style deepens on its latest album, the solid Brighter Than Creation's Dark, released early last year. The band performs tomorrow at Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. Tickets are $25. Call 410-547-7328 or go to



The Rotunda Cinematheque is presenting a free showing at 10 a.m. Saturday of Hook, Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie about a grown-up Peter Pan (Robin Williams) who must return to the haunts and pastimes of his youth after Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) spirits Peter's children away to Neverland. It's a gargantuan curiosity, including some of the most ornate sets ever erected on a Hollywood soundstage and fascinating oddities such as Julia Roberts' Tinkerbell. For this presentation only, children younger than 5 will be admitted to the Rotunda, but the ban still goes for "babes in arms" or in strollers. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and seating is limited. The theater is at 711 W. 40th St. Call 410-235-4800 or go to


Whenever Edgar Allan Poe tried to make popular trash, he created art. That's what happened to Jean-Luc Godard, too, when he directed Contempt, a production heavily laden with international stars and celebrities, including French stars Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot as a declining playwright and his wife; the towering German director Fritz Lang as himself; and Jack Palance as a sleazy American producer struggling to get them to make an eye-popping version of The Odyssey. The movie is a wildly uneven look at art and commerce, but it contains classic bits, like Lang's line, "CinemaScope is fine for snakes and coffins, but not for people." It plays at noon Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $6-$8. Call 410-727-3456 or go to


'Alaska Immersed'

If you think it's cold in Maryland, wait until you see Alaska Immersed, an exhibit of mural-size black-and-white prints by Kate Lynn Morrill, which runs through Jan. 31 in Amalie Rothschild Gallery at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Go to creative

Scott exhibit extended

Painful Death/Painless Life, a show of works by Maryland storyteller and "object maker" Joyce Scott scheduled to close this week, has been extended through Feb. 6 at Goya Contemporary gallery, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Studio 214. After Wednesday, appointments are necessary. Go to


Fine Arts Quartet

The Fine Arts Quartet has roots stretching to 1946. Current violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boica and cellist Wolfgang Laufer have been performing together for an impressive 25 years, and violist Chauncey Patterson, who just joined the group, brings with him 16 years of experience in the Miami String Quartet. The players will pool their resources for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $12-$26. Call 410-997-2324.

BCO program

The bittersweet season for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra started with a big turnout for the opening concert and a well-received debut in New York, but the souring economy then took the wind out of this fine ensemble's sails. Before suspending operations for the rest of the season, the BCO will offer a program of Beethoven and Bartok, as well as Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with stellar soloist Richard Soltzman. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1041 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $25. Call 410-685-4050 or go to


'Zomo the Rabbit'

Zomo the Rabbit: a Hip-Hop Creation Myth was written by Washington hip-hop artist Psalmayene 24, who has crafted a contemporary spin on the traditional African trickster fable. In the play, having its world premiere, Zomo and the Sky God join forces to help the bunny get the respect he deserves and to help put an end to wars between the animals. Suitable for children ages 4 and older. Through March 8 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$21. Call 301-280-1650 or go to

'Les Miserables'

Signature Theatre's production of Les Miserables has been extended several times, thanks to director Eric Schaeffer's fresh and inventive staging of the venerable musical. Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 epic novel, the musical depicts the battle of wits between the noble fugitive Jean Valjean and the almost demonically obsessed Inspector Javert. Through Feb. 22 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $75-$83. Call 703-820-9771 or go to sig-online .org.


International Guitar Night

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