The best in weekend arts & entertainment events from our STAFF

March 05, 2009|By Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith, Michael Sragow and Sophia Terbush.


Black Lips

The Georgia band the Black Lips filters punk-rock sentiments through a blues lens. On its new album, 200 Million Thousand, the band plays music that remains appealingly ragged and loose. The band plays at 8 tonight at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $13. Call 410-547-7328 or go to


'Barking Dogs'

The new Hopkins film series, "Lovers and Liars: Contemporary Films From Korea," kicks off tonight with Barking Dogs Never Bite, a dark comedy about an adjunct college teacher with time on his hands who decides to quiet an irritating barking dog. Presented by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs, the screening starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Mountcastle Auditorium, 725 N. Wolfe St. Admission is free. Call 410-516-5048 or go to

'The Big Lebowski'

Thanks to Jeff Bridges' euphorically funky, lyrically laid-back Dave the Dude, The Big Lebowski has become the Coen brothers comedy for people who don't like Coen brothers comedies and for people who do. All can sample its wayward charms at the Charles revival series, at noon Saturday ($6) and at 7 p.m. Monday ($8). The theater is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to

Cinema Sundays

Moscow, Belgium is the name of a town outside Ghent and the setting of this movie about a frustrated 41-year-old mother of three who finds romantic renewal beckoning when she dents the truck of a 29-year-old driver. The movie won multiple awards at Cannes and is this weekend's entry for Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Doors open for bagels and coffee at 9:45 a.m.; showtime is 10:30 a.m.; tickets are $15. The Charles is at 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to or


Modigliani quartet

The award-winning Modigliani String Quartet will conclude the 56th season of music at the Evergreen Museum and Library with a program that acknowledges the bicentennial of Haydn's death and the bicentennial of Mendelssohn's birth. The concert, which also includes music by Ravel, is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 410-516-0341 or go to

Music in the Great Hall

Music in the Great Hall presents a recital featuring two Morgan State University teachers, soprano Lorriana Markovic and pianist Adam Mahonske (director of this concert series), in works by Tchaikovsky, Poulenc and others at 3 p.m. Sunday at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $5-$20. Call 410-813-4255 or go to


'Drawing on Tradition'

The Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., marks Purim with a new exhibit titled Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther as Graphic Novel. It opens to the public at noon Sunday and runs through July 26. It's a retelling of the Book of Esther in comic-strip form by artist J.T. Waldman. There's a preview from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. today. Admission is $3-$8 and free for members. Go to

'Favorite Spaces'

What's your favorite building in Baltimore? Spirit of Place: Baltimore's Favorite Spaces is a new book by Sarah Achenbach and Bill McAllen that gives area residents a chance to answer that question, with words and photographs. An exhibit on the book opens with a reception 5 p.m.-7 p.m. today at the AIA Gallery, 11 1/2 W. Chase St. The exhibit runs through April 2. Free. Call 410-625-2585.


Ballet Theatre

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland is holding a "friend-raiser" to introduce itself to Charm City's dance lovers. The troupe is scheduled to perform Celtic Fair and Samhain, described as a celebration of the Celtic Book of Days through a fusion of classic and contemporary dance. The performance is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Tickets are $40. Call 410-752-8558 or go to

Pancake Breakfast

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a stack of pancakes with real maple syrup from the center's maple trees, served with grilled sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea or milk. The event also includes live traditional music, a raffle of handcrafted items and gift items, face painting and flower and gift-shop sales. The event runs 8 a.m.-noon both days at the Oregon Ridge Lodge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 2 to 8. Call 410-887-1815 or go to

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