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April 30, 2009


Known for its rowdy synthesis of punk-pop and hip-hop, Sum 41 performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. $12. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

'Tokyo Sonata'

Americans curious to see how the Japanese deal with their economic woes should check out Tokyo Sonata, a study of a middle-class Tokyo household after the man of the house loses his executive position. It's this weekend's entry in Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.; showtime is 10:30 a.m. $15. Call 410-727-4567.


After lying dormant for four years, FANEX, Baltimore's annual gathering of the horror- and B-movie faithful, returns this weekend, taking over the historic Senator Theatre for a weekend of chills, thrills and good old-fashioned schlock-cinema chills. The festivities run Friday through Sunday and center on a host of movie screenings. Tickets are $5 per film, $15 for an entire day. Go to or call 410-665-1198.

Beethoven concerto

Mario Venzago makes a welcome return to the BSO podium to conduct Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Bruckner's Symphony No. 3. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.; 8 p.m. Saturday at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $20-$85. Call 410-783-8000 or go to


The Peabody Concert Orchestra, conducted by Edward Polochick, marks the bicentennial of Mendelssohn's birth with a performance of his majestic Reformation Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday at the Peabody Conservatory, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. $5-$15. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2.

Wagner's 'Ring'

Washington National Opera offers the third installment in its production of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle, a production reinterpreted by Francesca Zambello from an American angle. Siegfried has its first performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W. $45-$300. Call 202-295-2400 or go to

'Living Openly'

Elizabeth Hess might have starred in Clarissa Explains It All on Nickelodeon in the 1990s, but don't bring your kids to her stage show. Living Openly and Notoriously is comprised of a trilogy of one-act plays that explore the actress' struggle to break free of her repressive roots. Through May 10 at 45 W. Preston St. Showtimes vary. $10-$20 or $40 for a fundraiser Sunday. Call 410-752-8558 or go to

Towsontown festival

Downtown Towson catches spring fever Saturday and Sunday at the 42nd Annual Towsontown Spring Festival and Baltimore County's 350th Anniversary Celebration. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, check out a variety of vendors, musical entertainers and food stands. Entry is free, but there will be a $2 charge for adults to enter the music venues. Go to

Great Grapes!

Sample 300 wines from around the world at the fourth annual International Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Annapolis. Local and international wines, beer and hard cider will be available for tasting as well as on-site purchase. Admission $15-$25. Call 800-830-3976 or go to

Cabaret performance

Catonsville native Andrew Gerle - a composer, pianist and arranger - returns to his hometown for a cabaret program. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road. Admission is free. Call 410-747-6180 or go to

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