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

March 29, 2009|By Tim Swift

TV

'Coming Home: ...' :

Just because Sesame Street is a kids' show doesn't mean it can't tackle tough issues. Queen Latifah hosts this smart and sensitive documentary about families dealing with the physical and mental scars of war. It's accessible for kids, but it's also compelling for adults. Airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on MPT-Channel 22.

DVD

'Marley and Me':

Owen Wilson stars as a newspaper reporter who gets more than he bargained for when he adopts a rambunctious lab. When it hit theaters over Christmas, this doggy drama was capable of reducing even the most cynical moviegoers to tears. Now that it's on DVD, you can sob in a private setting. In stores Tuesday.

CONCERT

Toubab Krewe:

This instrumental jam band has played everywhere from the fields of Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival to the desert sands of Mali. This week, the band brings its eclectic mix of American rock and African rhythms to a closer, albeit less exotic, locale with a show at Federal Hill's 8x10 Club. Show starts 8 p.m. Thursday.

More: the8x10.com

ART

Open studio tour:

Most Baltimoreans are familiar with the outside of the iconic Bromo Seltzer tower, but few can say they've been inside. Next weekend, more than a dozen artists, who call the building home, are opening up their work spaces to the public. The studios of photographers, painters and even a writer are part of the tour. Starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

More : bromoseltzerartstower.com

DANCE

DanceSport Nationals:

: Dancing with the Stars' Carrie Ann Inaba will be among the judges as the country's top ballroom and Latin dancers compete. Expect top-notch footwork from dancers 7 to 70. Starts Friday and runs through April 5 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

More : usadancenationals.org

TV

'The No. 1 Ladies':

Detective Agency':

Based on the popular novels, No. 1 Ladies' could easily be written off as an African Nancy Drew. But from its star (Jill Scott) to its setting (Botswana), the new HBO series is so understated and charming that you begin to embrace some of the hokeyness. Airs at 10 p.m. Sunday on HBO.

FILM

'Adventureland':

The creator of Superbad turns to the '80s for inspiration with this brisk comedy about a pothead who spends a summer working at an amusement park. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame star, but they get plenty of help from the supporting cast, including Kristen Wiig (below). In theaters Friday.

POP MUSIC

'A New Tide': :

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These British indie rockers - who just swung through town last week - switch it up a bit with their latest album. With A New Tide, the band moves toward a more downbeat vibe. But hints of the band's poppy past do surface in songs like the standout "Airstream Driver." In stores Tuesday.

COMEDY

Lily Tomlin:

Appearing in memorable but supporting acting roles in recent years, comic Lily Tomlin finally gets to take center stage. In a showcase of her best stand-up, she's revisiting many of her most memorable personalities including the bratty Edith Ann. Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Lyric.

More: lyricoperahouse.com

FESTIVAL

Transmodern Festival:

This showcase of experiential art and film returns for a sixth go-round this year, bigger and (if possible) stranger than ever. Performers include video artist Shana Moulton (below) and indie sensation Dan Deacon. Starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at the H&H Building.

More : transmodernfestival.org

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