Although you may know them as those dancing treadmill guys, these exuberant rockers are more than just a passing YouTube fad. The foursome hits Recher Theatre this week ahead of the release of their third album, which lands in June. Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
For more: rechertheatre.com
Discussing subjects like UFO sightings, the Fortean Organization's annual gathering isn't a buttoned-up academic affair. The group is all about debunking and exploring "anomalous phenomena" like the famous face on Mars (above). The two-day conference starts Saturday at the American Visionary Arts Museum.
For more: forteans.com
: This Oscar-nominated French film is all business. Keeping a laserlike focus on its characters, it never strays from the limited confines of a nondescript Paris school. There are no moments of exaggerated drama. Yet all this restraint pays off, giving us a fascinating view into teaching and learning in a modern world. Opens Friday at the Charles Theatre.
While current events may have robbed 24 of its topical edge, the Fox series isn't skimping on its explosive thrills this season. In a two-hour special, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) discovers that the baddies are gunning for the White House, and Jack may be the president's last line of defense. Airs at 8 p.m. tomorrow on WBFF-Channel 45.
by Neko Case:
Following up on her critically acclaimed Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, the alt-country songstress is back with an album of love songs. But don't expect gooey ballads. With lyrics like "The next time you say forever, I will punch you in your face," Case's songs aren't conventional. In stores Tuesday.
The popular first-person-shooter franchise branches out this week, trying its hand at the war-strategy genre. Similar to classic PC games like Warcraft, Halo Wars challenges players to build massive armies and command battles. Fans of strategy games now have a solid title they can enjoy with a joystick rather than a mouse. Out Tuesday on XBox 360.
The Amazon princess finally gets to flex her muscles in her own movie. While it's no Dark Knight (it's a direct-to-DVD cartoon), this Wonder Woman is an interesting mix of girl power and gore. Its PG-13 rating allows for multiple decapitations. Be warned though, some of the dialogue can be cheesier than Wonder Woman's invisible jet. In stores Tuesday.
The Hirschhorn in Washington is celebrating one of the 20th century's most influential female artists with a retrospective of French-born sculptor Louise Bourgeois. Bourgeois is best known for her imposing and unsettling room-size installations like Crouching Spider. Runs through May 27.
For more : hirshhorn.si.edu
by Zoe Heller:
A tale of a liberal New York clan whose members must re-evaluate their lives after their patriarch falls ill is a U-turn from Heller's past work, but it's no less arresting. The British writer develops flawed, fragile characters with telling descriptions. You might not like the Litvinoffs, but you'll keep reading. In stores Tuesday.
UMBC reprises its showcases for young actresses with the fourth annual IN10 Festival. There are plenty of juicy roles for the thespians, but there's a catch: They have 10 minutes to shine. The festival features works by playwrights Kia Corthron and Lee Blessing. Starts Wednesday and runs through March 8 at UMBC.
For more: umbc.edu/arts