Swiftpicks

10 Things Not To Miss From A&e Editor Tim Swift

April 26, 2009|By Tim Swift

FILM

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' :

You may have peeked and seen a contraband version of this superhero spinoff spectacular on the Internet. But now you can see the summer's first major blockbuster with its biggest star. No, we're not talking about that Jackman guy, but the killer special effects. In theaters Friday.

POP MUSIC

'Together Through Life':

by Bob Dylan:

This folk and rock legend has never been accused of being a pristine vocalist. His voice has a worn and rough quality that lends his songs an instant authority and gravity. This effect is in full force on his 33rd album. And with that gritty and sparse vibe, the songs effortlessly tap into our national mood. In stores Tuesday.

ART

Baker Awards Exhibition :

The Baker Awards' Web site has been a virtual art gallery for months. But now, thanks to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the work of the winners goes from bytes and megs to bricks and mortar. The show includes winners Carl Grubbs, a jazz musician; sculptor John Ruppert; and multimedia artist Hadieh Shafie, plus the finalists. Opens Wednesday.

More: artbma.org

SPEECH

David Plouffe:

As one of the architects of Barack Obama's presidential victory, David Plouffe tapped into the potential of the Internet to rally young voters like never before. Now the campaign manager is ready to talk about how his team did it and what's next for "The Obama Phenomenon." He speaks at 8 p.m. Monday at Goucher College.

More : goucher.edu

FESTIVAL

Flower Mart:

Get ready because the black-eyed Susans, the really big hats, the cute kids and even cuter old ladies are coming. The annual botanical street fair returns to Mount Vernon Place just in time for you to replace that dead plant you forgot to water. Starts Friday and continues Saturday.

More : flower

mart.org

DVD

'JCVD':

While playing a down-on-his-luck action star might not be the biggest stretch for Jean-Claude Van Damme, the aging muscleman delivers the best performance of his career in JCVD as an actor caught in the middle of a bank heist. It almost makes you forget that buddy flick he did with Dennis Rodman. Well, almost. In stores Tuesday.

CONCERT

Chrisette Michele:

She's probably better known as a duet partner to the likes of Jay-Z and Kanye West than as a solo artist. But this silky singer can hold her own with or without a hip-hop bad boy in tow. Michele hits Baltimore this week, promoting her latest, Epiphany, which lands in May. Performs at 9 p.m. Sunday at Rams Head Live.

More : ramsheadlive.com

BOOKS

Free Comic Book Day:

Wolverine isn't the only comic book extravaganza next week. Stores across the country, including several here, are giving out free books starring heroes like Green Lantern (below). Some of the comics are very kid-friendly. So your little one's first one could be a free one. Starts Saturday.

More : freecomicbookday .com

FOOD

Science Uncorked:

Wineology 101:

Yes, it's time to think outside of the box. Experts from the Wine Market aim to make selecting wines less intimidating with a seminar at the Maryland Science Center. Learn about taste zones, clarity and bouquet, and sample some of the "educational materials." 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

More : mdsci.org

THEATER

'The Wild Duck':

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Single Carrot Theatre this week takes on Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. It's heavy and all about lies and illusions. But it's the Carrot, so you really weren't expecting Mary Poppins, were you? Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Load of Fun Gallery.

More : singlecarrot.com

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