Swiftpicks 10 Things Not To Miss from A& E Editor Tim Swift

March 08, 2009|By Tim Swift


Beach House:

Baltimore's own Beach House is moving up in indie-pop world, recently garnering national attention and graduating to larger venues (like this week's show at Sonar). Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand boast an ethereal and slightly sleepy sound, so expect an extremely mellow affair. Show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

More: sonarbaltimore.com



Bringing in clowns, acrobats and a 1,600-pound Wheel of Death, Cirque Du Soleil arrives this week to transform a Camden Yards parking lot into an avant-garde circus. They'll perform KOOZA, a Hindu-inspired spectacle starring a wayward clown named "The Innocent." Debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through April 5.

More: cirquedusoleil.com


'Life Sentences':

by Laura Lippman:

: Baltimore's mystery maven is back, weaving another tale of family secrets. Lippman takes on a new heroine: Cassandra Fallows, a memoirist who returns home to write about a classmate accused of an unspeakable crime. It's teeming with Baltimore references, and Lippman fans should eat it up. In stores Tuesday.


' 'Tis Pity She's A Whore':

With a plot that has heavy helpings of incest and murder, 'Tis Pity is just as sensational as when it made its debut in the 17th century. But the show, starring Kristen Sieh (above), has more than just sex and violence. The shockers are catalysts for a complex and challenging work. Starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

More: centerstage.org


Nathan Fillion: in 'Castle':

A cult favorite from his days on Firefly, this underrated actor may have found his breakout role as an impish mystery writer. Basically a manly Murder She Wrote, Castle is far-fetched and fluffy, but that's part of its charm. Fillion holds the soapfest together with a wink and a smile. Airs at 10 p.m. tomorrow on WMAR-Channel 2.


'All I Ever Wanted':


by Kelly Clarkson:

A bit of a Debbie Downer with her last release, Clarkson is finally heeding her handlers to deliver a happier, poppier new album. She still clings to a rock sound that doesn't really suit her (think a lighter shade of Pink), yet the mother of all American Idols can still belt out a slick pop tune. In stores Tuesday.



It's black and white and red all over. The normally kiddie-centric Nintendo Wii gets a chance to show off its darker, more mature side this week with the release of the stark action epic Madworld. With "blood-soaked action" and main character who has a chain saw for an arm, Madworld is no Mario. Out Tuesday on Nintendo Wii.


'Systematic Landscapes':

Best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin is a master of making simple forms beautiful and striking. Lin continues this theme with a new exhibit at the Corcoran in D.C. She uses materials such as wood planks and straight pins to reimagine rolling hills and flowing rivers. Opens Saturday.

More: corcoran.org


Beyonce Knowles:

in 'Cadillac Records':

: We know she can sing, and after playing the fiery Etta James, we know she can act, too. Knowles got a lot attention singing James' hit song "At Last" at Barack Obama's inauguration, but the movie that started it all hasn't reached a wide audience. It's certainly worth a look on DVD. In stores Tuesday.


Motley Crue :

Grab the Aqua Net, but be careful of the pyrotechnics. The over-the-top '80s rockers are in Baltimore this week, and they've lost none of their intensity. Festooned with lasers, babes on JumboTrons and a whole lot of big hair, it's a metalhead's dream concert. Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the 1st Mariner.

More: baltimore-arena.com

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.