Swiftpicks: 10 things not to miss from A&E editor Tim Swift

February 01, 2009|By Tim Swift


'Gifted Hands: :

The Ben Carson Story':

Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as Johns Hopkins' trailblazing neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in this classy commercial-free biopic. Hands follows Carson as he transforms himself from a D-student in grade school into a doctor of international renown. Uplifting and unabashedly wholesome, Gifted Hands is something both you and your God-fearing grandma can enjoy. Airs 9 p.m. Saturday on TNT.



The director of The Nightmare Before Christmas is back with another charmingly offbeat and artfully crafted animated tale. Based on a story by Neil Gaiman, the film centers on a young girl who finds a magical door to a "better" world. But things aren't as they seem. For one, the people have buttons for eyes. In theaters Friday.


The Black Keys:

Known for rollicking live shows, the respected blues rockers hit Baltimore this week to promote their latest album, Attack & Release. Released last April, Attack retains the band's blistering rock lineage, but the Keys wisely brought acclaimed producer Danger Mouse to focus the duo's fuzzy sound. Doors open at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rams Head Live.

For more: ramsheadlive.com


'Cirque de la Symphonie':

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra mixes thing up this week, joining forces with contortionists, aerialists and strongmen. Donning the top hat of ringmaster, pops conductor Jack Everly leads a flashy program that features classical crowd-pleasers like Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain and Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries. The BSO performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Meyerhoff. Additional shows on Saturday and Feb. 8.

For more: bso.org


'The Fray' :

by The Fray:

Power ballad junkies rejoice! Following up their smash debut, How to Save a Life, the uber-sensitive Denver rockers are back with more cheesy, yet oddly satisfying, tunes destined for this year's senior prom. The album's first single "You Found Me" is already in heavy rotation, promoting the new season of Lost. In stores Tuesday.


'The Office':

The post-Super Bowl time slot comes with high expectations. Luckily, the bumbling staff of Dunder Mifflin is all too willing to crack under the pressure, with hilarious results. In tonight's one-hour special, Dwight conducts what could be described as the worst fire drill known to man. Airs after the Super Bowl (around 10:30) on WBAL, Channel 11.


'Pride of Place: Dutch:

Cityscapes of the Golden Age':

Starting today, the National Gallery of Art illuminates the more scenic side of urban life in the 17th century in a new exhibit of the work of dozens of Dutch masters. Pride features stunning panoramas, detailed maps and intimate looks at town squares in cities such as Amsterdam and Haarlem. Runs through May 3.

For more : nga.gov



Remember that guy from the '80s who smashed all those watermelons? Well, aside from a brief foray into California politics, he has stuck to his sledgehammer schtick. But the passage of time has lent him an air of ironic chic, landing him a gig at Sonar, usually the venue for hipster favorites like Girl Talk. Take a smirk and a smock. Starts 7 p.m. Thursday.

For more: sonarbaltimore.com


'Guns and Chandeliers':

Aside from being an awesome name for a rock band, Guns and Chandeliers is also an intriguing new art show that examines our views of wealth and violence. Texas oil painter Shannon Canning provides the guns (in toy form); Boston artist Jessica Dunegan handles the chandeliers. Through March 14 at Gallery Imperato.

For more: galleryimperato.com


'The Winter's Tale':

Washington's Folger Elizabethan Theatre revisits Shakespeare's popular but most confused "comedy." Sometimes called a "Problem Play,' Tale mixes seething jealously, charges of adultery, a murderous bear - and a happy ending. Daniel Stewart (son of Star Trek's Patrick Stewart) leads the cast. Opens today and runs through March 8.

For more: folger.edu

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