Swiftpicks

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

April 05, 2009|By Tim Swift

AQUARIUM

'Our Ocean Planet':

Two years in the making, this new dolphin show takes a page from current events to promote a conservation and eco-friendly message. But it's not all serious stuff. There are plenty of new stunts like underwater flips, plus old favorites like vertical spins. Show starts at 11 a.m. Sunday at the National Aquarium.

More : aqua.org

TV

'Parks and Recreation' :

Amy Poehler meets The Office. The documentary-style sitcom has Poehler working as a lowly bureaucrat at a dreary parks department in Indiana. It's gotta be good, right? Well, sorta. Like The Office, the deadpan Parks is an acquired taste. Here's hoping that it'll have the time to grow on us. Airs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on WBAL-Channel 11.

ART

'Wax Actual' :

Yes, it's wax in a museum setting, but don't expect a mini-Madame Tussauds. With a new show at the Creative Alliance, artist Christine Sajecki and writer Joseph Young explore the rich history and art of wax that goes far beyond just Obama and Britney molds. Starts Wednesday.

More : creativealliance.org

FILM

'Under the Sea 3D':

While a lot of theaters like to throw around the word IMAX, the Maryland Science Center, with its five-story screen, actually means it. Jim Carrey narrates this documentary that takes viewers into the waters of the Pacific. Expect to get up close and personal with the cute (sea lions) and the creepy (a shark). Opens Monday.

More : mdsci.org

CONCERT

Thrift 'N Riff Bazaar:

What happens when garage bands hold a garage sale? Well, you get a flea market with a lot of hipsters and a lot more alcohol. Local acts like Ari and the Shanks (above) will provide the tunes as local stores and craftspeople hock their wares. Starts 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sonar.

More : sonarbaltimore.com

COMEDY

Demetri Martin:

Armed with an easel and an oversized notepad, Demetri Martin takes his smart act to Washington this week. He might be known for his work on The Daily Show and Important Things, but Martin is actually more in his element on stage than on screen. Performs at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Warner Theatre.

More: warnertheatre.com

TV

'Rescue Me':

Denis Leary and company are back for a fifth season of firefighting and just plain fighting this week. And it's not just any season - it's super-sized (22 shows) to make up for last year's absence. The new season promises to reopen old wounds like the company's response to the Sept. 11 attacks. Airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX.

GAMES

'The Godfather II':

The films may be decades old, but that hasn't stopped a new generation of fans and tech from embracing the crime saga. Electronic Arts takes the plot of the 1974 sequel and translates it into a third-person shooter. It should satisfy Corleone devotees, but non-Don fans may not be impressed. Out Tuesday on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

DVD

'The Day:

the Earth Stood Still':

In brilliant stroke of casting, Keanu Reeves plays himself: an alien with limited emotional skills. OK, I'm joking. While this slick remake pales in comparison with the original '50s sci-fi classic, the update is still a good thrill ride with nice touches like Kathy Bates as defense secretary. In stores Tuesday.

POP MUSIC

'Unstoppable': :

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by Rascal Flatts: :

One of country's more pop-friendly acts, this Ohio trio has a knack for being authentic without being maudlin. It's probably why American Idol contestants usually score when singing Flatts songs. And now they finally have returned the favor: Former finalist Chris Sligh wrote their single "Here Comes Goodbye." In stores Tuesday.

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