The best in weekend arts & entertainment events from our STAFF

April 09, 2009


'A Bronx Tale':

Chazz Palminteri reprises his touching semi-autobiographical story about a boy torn between two "fathers": his upright, bus-driving dad and a charismatic gangster. Palminteri portrays 18 characters in the one-actor show, which runs Tuesday through April 26 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $20-$60. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

Mary Carole McCauley


'Recent Acquisitions':

Since it was founded nearly 80 years ago, the Textile Museum in Washington has seen its collection grow from 335 pieces to nearly 18,000 handwoven textiles from around the world. The museum, at 2320 S St. N.W., is showing its newest treasures in Recent Acquisitions. Call 202-667-0441 or go to

Edward Gunts


'California Split':

California Split made me a Robert Altman fanatic. No director has captured the tension, feeling and atmosphere of gambling the way Altman does here, and no contemporary actors have caught the barbed friendship of opposite buddies as cunningly as George Segal and Elliott Gould. The movie unspools Saturday at noon ($6) and Monday at 7 p.m. ($8) at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Go to or call 410-727-3456.

Michael Sragow


Dwele :

One of the more interesting artists to emerge in contemporary R&B in a while, Dwele takes a more introspective approach to the style. His sound is thoroughly modern; he uses textured programmed beats, but classic '70s-soul touches ripple through the mix. He performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $45. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison


Richard Teitelbaum :

Richard Teitelbaum is a leading figure in the field of electronic music - for one thing, he introduced the Moog synthesizer to Europe in 1967 - and a professor at Bard College. He'll give a solo concert of works for piano and electronic instruments at 8 p.m. Saturday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20. Call 410-385-2638 or go to

Tim Smith


Train rides:

Free miniature train rides start for the season this Sunday (and every second Sunday of the month through November) in Leakin Park. Ride the small trains 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the park, 4921 Windsor Mill Road, courtesy of the Chesapeake and Allegheny Steam Society. Free. Call 410-448-0730 or go to

Kate Shatzkin

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