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

March 22, 2009|By Tim Swift


'Bromst' by Dan Deacon:

The closest thing Baltimore has to a pop star is back with a fresh batch of songs. Notice I said "closest thing." If you're looking for the next Katy Perry, keep looking. Loved by indie music fans the world over, Deacon is always off the wall and, at times, he's even offputting. In stores Tuesday.



After years of starring in a TV show, a Hollywood pooch really thinks he's a superhero. He's in for a rude awakening when he finds himself thousands of miles from the set. While this animated adventure isn't technically a Pixar flick, it has plenty of Pixar DNA. That's a good thing. In stores today.


Britney Spears:

Oops, will she do it again? Spears is famous for her foul-ups (she had panty problems a few weeks ago). So even if her singing falls short, her circus-inspired show could still be the greatest show on Earth. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at

the Verizon Center in Washington.

More: verizoncenter.com


Ringling Bros.:

After Cirque, Mumbo and now Britney, it's natural to have a case of big-top burnout. But Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the granddaddy of them all, has something the others don't: animal magnetism (sorry, Brit). Elephants and flying dogs are part of the lineup. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1st Mariner Arena.

More: ringling.com


'Reverse Ark: In the Wake': :

Starting this week, the Contemporary Museum is going green in a big way. Part-art exhibit, part-environmental symposium, Reverse Ark explores the environmental history of the city's textile industry. Opens Thursday and runs through August at the museum.

More: www.contemporary.org


'Sunshine Cleaning':

Trading designer duds for hazmat suits, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt go for decidedly less glamorous roles as two sisters who get into the crime-scene cleanup business. The ever-cheerful Adams and the tart Blunt make for great sparring partners in this offbeat yet upbeat indie comedy. In theaters Friday.


'Lowboy' : by John Wray :

In this brisk read, a schizophrenic 16-year-old goes off his meds and descends into the bowels of the New York subway system, convinced the end of the world is near. Meanwhile, his mother and a detective search for him above. Dual plot tracks give Wray the chance to tell noir-inspired mystery with a trippy yet chilling twist. In stores now.


Maki Madness:

The concept of a sushi-eating contest makes me alternately queasy and curious. I guess that's the point. Promising a prize of free sushi for a year, Harbor East's RA Sushi is hosting the event at noon today. You had to sign up in advance to chow down, but you can still gawk at the spectacle.

More: rasushi.com


Jessica St. Clair:

in 'In the Motherhood':

One of my favorite smart alecks from VH1's Best Week Ever graduates to sitcomland with this week's premiere of In the Motherhood. Based on a popular Web series, the writers use real horror stories from mothers, like using paper towels and tape for diapers. Airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on WMAR-Channel 2.



Kitty kabuki! Post-apocalyptic leg warmers! Jazz hands galore! Yeah, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical ode to dancing felines is never going to be accused of being cool, but that's why we love it. Opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday and runs through March 29 at the Hippodrome.

More: broadwayacrossamerica.com

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