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

July 05, 2009|By Tim Swift

CONCERT

Conor Oberst:

This indie rock star is busy. He's on his own solo tour, he's opening for Wilco this summer and he's even starting an indie supergroup dubbed the Monsters of Folk. So much for a relaxing summer. You can catch the sensitive singer along with his Mystic Valley Band at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ottobar.

Web: theottobar.com

TV

'Ruby' :

Not all of the stars of reality TV are wafer-thin and unlikable. Ruby Gettinger, an overweight Savannah, Ga., woman trying to get healthy, has won over legions of fans with her poignant struggle. Charismatic and armed with great catch phrases like "humidified," she's back for a second season of inspiration. Airs 8 p.m. Sunday on Style.

CLASSICAL

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho':

You've probably seen Psycho at home on DVD. But your fancy sound system will be hard-pressed to compete with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSO will perform the chilling score as the horror classic plays out on a big screen. Starts 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Meyerhoff.

Web: bsomusic.org

FILM

'Bruno':

The guy behind Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen, is unleashing another comic creation, and it's possibly more offensive than his famously uncouth Kazakh. Bruno follows the exploits of an Austrian fashion journalist who, among other things, is willing to swap a baby for an iPod. And did I mention that he's gay - really gay? In theaters Friday.

ART

'Convergence':

Recent MFA graduates from MICA, Towson and UMBC get another venue to highlight their work this week thanks to Maryland Art Place. The show includes video, sculpture and altered photographs. Opens Tuesday.

Web: mdartplace.org

POP MUSIC

'Nothing Personal':

All Time Low :

Joining high-profile tours and collaborating with the likes of Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, this Lutherville pop punk band has been steadily breaking into the mainstream. While the band's third effort doesn't show much growth, it will definitely be mandatory listening for the staff of Hot Topic. In stores Tuesday.

TV

'Eureka':

The rare sci-fi show that doesn't take itself too seriously, Eureka might never reach the dramatic heights of something like Battlestar, but even geeks need a little fluff. Colin Ferguson (below) and his town of wayward geniuses are back for 10 new episodes. Expect plenty of experiments and gadgets to run amok. Airs 9 p.m. Friday on Sci Fi.

FESTIVAL

'Caribbean Carnival Festival' :

One of the city's most colorful parades is back for another year of elaborately costumed marchers and steel drum bands. It's part of a three-day festival at Druid Hill Park that features traditional Caribbean music and cuisine. Parade starts noon Saturday in the 5200 block of Park Heights Ave.

Web: bmorecarnival.com

THEATER

'Slampooned!':

After the success of last year's Sects and Violins, Single Carrot Theatre tries its hand at comedy again. This time, the troupe lovingly pokes fun at slam poetry competitions. Look for plenty of improv and audience members getting into the act. Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursdayat the Load of Fun Gallery.

Web: singlecarrot.com

COMEDY

David Alan Grier:

Known for his irreverent work on In Living Color and more recently on Chocolate News, the veteran comic brings his character-driven stand-up act to Baltimore this week. And he might even show off some moves he picked up on the last season of Dancing With The Stars. Grier performs Friday at Rams Head Live!

Web: ramsheadlive.com

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