The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

April 16, 2009|By Edward Gunts, Chris Kaltenbach, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith, Michael Sragow and Sophia Terbush.


Little Anthony and the Imperials

One of the best groups anchored in doo-wop, Little Anthony and the Imperials cemented its classy reputation with such pop classics as "Goin' Out of My Head" and "Hurts So Bad." Over the years, the group's songs have been reinterpreted by several pop acts and sampled in hip-hop. Little Anthony and the Imperials still sound smoothly soulful some 50 years after they first hit the charts. The group performs at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $40. Call 410-547-7328 or go to


'Goodbye Solo'

Be the first in Baltimore to see the most acclaimed picture of the year: Goodbye Solo, which chronicles the moving and revelatory friendship of a Senegalese cabdriver and a tough old guy in Winston-Salem, N.C. It's this week's entry in Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre. Coffee and bagels: 9:45 a.m. Showtime: 10:30 a.m. Admission: $15. Go to


MGM's silent version of Ben-Hur, one of the great epics of early Hollywood, will be screened Sunday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St. The movie, starring Ramon Navarro and one-time Baltimore resident Francis X. Bushman (his former house sits atop a hill in the Riderwood section of Baltimore County), has it all - Roman centurions, a spectacular chariot race and an eyewitness to Jesus' crucifixion. Best of all, Sunday's showing will be accompanied by James Harp on the church organ. Admission to the 2 p.m. showing is free, although donations are encouraged. Information: 410-752-5804.


Pro Musica Rara

Pro Musica Rara celebrates the Mendelssohn bicentennial with a performance of his brilliant Octet on a program that also offers works by Haydn and Albrechtsberger. Participating will be violinists Greg Mulligan, Julie Parcells, Christof Richter and Ivan Stefanovic; violists Maria Lambros and Sharon Pineo Myer; and cellists Allen Whear and Michael Kannen. The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Towson University's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets are $10 and $30. Call 410-704-2787 or go to

Cylburn Trio

The Cylburn Trio - violinist Ken Goldstein, cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn and pianist Eva Mengelkoch - will perform works by Schumann and Brahms, and, joined by violist Noah Chaves, will add music by Mendelssohn. The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Towson University's Center for the Arts. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. E-mail or call 410-367-2217.


Amaranthine exhibit

The Amaranthine Museum at 2010 Clipper Park Road, featuring the work of late Baltimore artist Les Harris, has expanded its hours for the spring and added a lengthy video interview with the artist conducted by videographer Michael Best. In addition, one of Harris' kinetic sculptures, Sistine cylinders, has been repaired with a grant from the Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation. The new hours are 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment Sundays and weekdays. May 17 is the date for a "treasure hunt" fundraiser. Call 410-523-2574.

'Wax Actual'

Wax Actual, a free exhibit featuring paintings made with wax and pigment, runs through May 2 at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Creative Alliance resident artist Christine Sajecki and writer Joseph Young gathered artists from around the nation for the show. Go to


'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'

Attend a staged reading by Theatre Hopkins of this funny and intellectual riff by Steve Martin about an imagined meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, and then go to the circus - all without leaving the Baltimore Museum of Art. The reading is being offered in conjunction with the museum's circus exhibit, featuring Picasso's drawings, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is $5-$23 for the performance and exhibit. Call 443-573-1701 or go to

'Call of the Wild'

People really do go to the dogs in The Call of the Wild, the Musical - a world premiere musical based on Jack London's novels. Such beloved canines as Buck and White Fang are portrayed by human actors and occasionally burst into song - but Cats this is not. The characters battle nature, abuse, violence, greed and ambition while struggling for survival in the frozen Yukon. Through May 3 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. Tickets are $26-$49. Call 301-924-3400 or go to



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