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The best in weekend arts & entertainment events from our STAFF

April 02, 2009|By Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.

POP MUSIC

Umphrey's McGee

The band, which defies easy categorization, slips from straight-up pop and rock to jazz, prog-metal and classical with sharp precision. The music is always delivered with a sense of humor and a nice dollop of funk. See Umphrey's McGee at 9 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $24-$27. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.

FILM

'Thieves Like Us'

Robert Altman achieved a peak of emotion-charged movie Americana with the Bonnie and Clyde-like Thieves Like Us, starring Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall as young lovers on the run through Mississippi in 1936. Shooting on location, Altman achieved a raw period lyricism, and you can savor it at noon Saturday ($6) and 7 p.m. Monday ($8) at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.

'Eugene Onegin'

Take a break from Italian and German opera with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin's masterpiece about a man whose life has been taken over by literary illusions and allusions. The production, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov and starring Makvala Kasrashvili, plays at 3:45 p.m. Sunday and 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., as part of its digital ballet-and-opera series. Admission is $20. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

The Calder Quartet

The Calder Quartet, based in Los Angeles, is known for its dynamic playing of imaginative programs. The ensemble, presented by Candlelight Concerts, will perform string quartets by Mozart and Baltimore's Christopher Rouse, among others, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $12-$29. Call 410-997-2324 or go to candlelightconcerts.org.

Peter Serkin

Peter Serkin, one of the most intellectually curious pianists around, will focus his formidable technical and interpretive gifts on works by Bach, Brahms and Debussy in a recital for the Spotlight UB series. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Theater, University of Baltimore Student Center, 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $25. Call 410-837-4053 or go to etix.com.

ART

Amy Lamb

Large-scale floral photographs by Amy Lamb are featured through June 28 in the Steven Scott Gallery, 808 S. Ann St. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Call 410-902-9300 or go to stevenscottgallery.com.

'Thesis Exhibitions'

Thesis Exhibitions, featuring works by more than 40 students in the Master of Fine Arts programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will be presented in three consecutive shows, running through May 3 in the college's Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave. in Baltimore. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 410-225-2300 or go to mica.edu.

THEATER

'God's Ear'

Grief can be a surreal universe all its own. After a young boy drowns, everything the child's mother touches turns to stone; her husband seems to meet only the parents of dead children; and their daughter seeks solace from the Tooth Fairy and a G.I. Joe doll. The New York Times wrote that playwright Jenny Schwartz's voice "needs to be heard from more often." See God's Ear through April 26 at Rep Stage on the campus of Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15-$30. Call 410-772-4900 or go to repstage.org.

Bebe Neuwirth

This must be diva week in Maryland. Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth created the role of murderous Velma Kelly in the Broadway revival of Chicago and the character of Lilith Sternin on television's Cheers. In her cabaret show, the Tony Award winner sings standards by Edith Piaf, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim and Kurt Weill. See Bebe Neuwirth: Stories With Piano at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $32-$78. Call 301-581-5100 or go to strathmore.org.

OTHER PICKS

Orioles FanFest

Celebrate the return of the Orioles at Saturday's FanFest at Camden Yards. The annual event includes a workout on the field, an autograph session, fan forums and, for children, speed pitch games and batting cages. The event runs 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., though season-ticket holders can enter at 9 a.m. and attend a State of the Orioles Q&A with manager Dave Trembley at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $10; $5 for ages 14 and younger and 55 and older. Tickets are available through orioles.com or ticketmaster.com, or by calling 888-848-2473.

Walters' First Fridays

Take a turn for the better at this week's waltz-themed First Fridays at the Walters Art Museum. Towson Dance Studio will offer live waltz performances as well as waltz lessons, and Peabody Conservatory musicians will perform. Attendees can also check out the 19th-century art in the museum, 600 N. Charles St. The free event runs 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday.

Street performers

Head to the Inner Harbor on Saturday and watch as entertainers take part in the city's annual street performer auditions. Musicians, comedians, jugglers and others will perform noon-4 p.m. for judges at the Harborplace Amphitheater, between the Light Street and Pratt Street pavilions.

Dolphins at aquarium

There will be leaping, splashing and tumbling during a new interactive dolphin show, which makes its debut Friday at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Audience members will be able to pick dolphin behaviors and even act as a "trainer-in-training." Admission to the aquarium and dolphin show are $29.95 for adults, $17.95 for kids and $26.95 for seniors. Call 410-576-3800 or go to aqua.org.

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