Swiftpicks 10 Things Not To Miss From A & E Editor Tim Swift

April 19, 2009

THEATER

'Souvenir':

Center Stage takes on the tale of a wealthy, but tone deaf, socialite who's desperate to be a singing sensation. No, we'll still have to wait for Paris Hilton: The Musical, but in the meantime we get the strange-but-true tale of Florence Foster Jenkins, who, despite being a horrible vocalist, sold out Carnegie Hall. Previews start at 8 p.m. Friday.

More: centerstage.org

FILM

'The Soloist' :

Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx roll out a cinematic Christmas in April - an "important" film (i.e. awards bait) in spring. While the story of a newspaper columnist and homeless musical genius might not have had the chops to be an Oscar contender, Downey and Foxx are such wily actors you can't help but want to see what they do next. In theaters Friday.

CONCERT

Fallout Boy:

The spring concert season kicks into gear as Merriweather Post Pavilion plays host to Pete Wentz (a.k.a. Mr. Ashlee Simpson) and his pop punk band Fallout Boy. On the road pushing its new album, Folie ? Deux, Fallout Boy has some sizable backup in the form of rapper 50 Cent and Lutherville's All-Time Low.

More: merriweathermusic.com

WEB

Susan Boyle:

It's hard to believe that I would be so fond of a person who put a song from Les Miserables in my head for an week, but that's the power of Boyle. This unassuming woman has taken the Web by storm with her triumphant performance on Britain's Got Talent. And as much she's been all over the news, the video never gets old. So go ahead: Watch it again on youtube.com and smile.

DANCE

'Jungle Books':

The D.C. troupe CityDance tackles Rudyard Kipling's children's classic with new choreography. The dancers will transform themselves into characters like Mowgli and Baloo with colorful costumes and fluid movements. It's a lively kids show that should also satisfy adults. Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Meyerhoff.

More: bsomusic.org

FESTIVAL

Station North :

The fledgling arts district will show how far it has come with what organizers hope will become an annual showcase. Highlights include Lafayette Gilchrist and the burlesque show Glitterama. Starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at North Avenue and Charles Street.

More: stationnorthspringmusicfestival.com

DVD

Frank Langella:

in Frost Nixon:

He might not have won the Oscar, but Langella may have had the hardest role of the year in playing Richard Nixon. Haunted and petty, this Nixon is certainly no hero. Yet Langella breathes such a subtle humanity into the character that you find yourself feeling sympathy. In stores Tuesday.

CONCERT

The Roots:

The coolest house band on TV trades the bright lights of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for the green fields of the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair next weekend. The hip-hop collective headlines the campus festival that features crafts, kids shows and a beer garden. Show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday.

More : jhuspringfair.com

TV

Poisoned Waters:

Frontline explores the latest threats to treasured waterways like the Chesapeake Bay. The show finds corporations aren't the most dangerous polluters now. Some of the biggest offenders may be average Americans, tossing stuff like face creams and household cleaners. Airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on MPT-Channel 22.

DVD

Caprica:

Battlestar Galactica might be over, but we haven't seen our last Cylon. This direct-to-DVD film launches what will become a prequel series to the sci-fi franchise. We find out just how the Cylons (Battlestar's baddies) are born. Like its predecessor, it's cerebral, moody and daring. In stores Tuesday.

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