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

March 15, 2009|By TIM SWIFT

CASTING CALL

'The Amazing Race':

Can't sing, sew or even survive? Well, luckily, this globe-trotting reality show just requires you to be really bossy and good with a map. Hosted by Phil Keoghan (above), the show is looking for fresh contestants for its next travel-athlon. Things get started at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harley Davidson of Baltimore, 8845 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.

CONCERT

New Kids on the Block:

The much-mocked, but beloved boy band is still hanging tough. While the comeback campaign for the early '90s hitmakers hasn't translated in album sales, the national tour has been a big hit with their now grown-up fan base. Show starts 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the 1st Mariner Arena.

More: www.baltimorearena.com

CIRCUS

'MUMBO':

The big top bonanza continues this week with another, albeit saucier, circus act. Promising partial nudity and shameless humor, burlesque performers Keri Burneston and Adam Krandle offer up a naughtier version of the Greatest Show on Earth. Starts 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and runs till March 22 at Theater Project.

More: theatreproject.org

FILM

Paul Rudd:

in 'I Love You, Man':

My favorite comedic straight man is looking for a little bromance. Rudd plays a friendless groom-to-be on the hunt for a best man for his impending nuptials. But in true awkward, gross-out, comedy fashion, his "selection" (a disheveled Jason Segel) is more than he bargained for. In theaters Friday.

DVD

Twilight:

If you were wondering why teen girls and cougars were freakin' about someone named Robert Pattinson, you're in luck. Thanks to DVD, you can check out uber-cheesy vampire romp without getting busted. It will be our little secret. In stores Saturday.

THEATER

' The Cherry Orchard':

It may be more than 100 years old, but Chekhov's final play about a family on the financial brink sure has some added resonance these days. And the Everyman Theatre is back doing what it does best: modern classics. Clinton Brandhagen (below) stars. Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

More: everymantheatre.org

CONCERT

'Lil Wayne :

Fresh off his smash album Tha Carter III, the rapper returns to Baltimore, but here's hoping he shows up on time. He may be a great recording artist, but he has struggled with live shows. The spectacle Show stars at 8 p.m. Friday at the 1st Mariner.

More: www.baltimore-arena.com

ART

'Custer's Last Stand ...':

by Raoul Middleman:

A fixture on the Baltimore scene for decades, Middleman gives us a peek into his painterly obsessions both past and present with a new show at the C. Grimaldis Gallery. The huge oil painting Custer's Last Stand serves as the centerpiece. Runs through April 11.

More: cgrimaldisgallery.com

TV

Iraq war documentaries:

Hard to believe, but it has been six years since U.S. troops entered Iraq. The Sundance Channel offers a series of films that show how drastically life changed for Americans and Iraqis alike. The stories are both broad and personal, including a profile of an Iraqi heavy metal band (pictured). Starts 10 p.m. Thursday.

POP MUSIC

'Fist of God':

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by MSTRKRFT:

They may be biased against vowels, but the dance-music duo of Jesse F. Keeler and Alex Puodziukas isn't squeamish about mixing it up musically. Their second album is a potent blend of electronica, piano pop and a little punk. Look for the band next month at Sonar. In stores Tuesday.

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