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

August 30, 2009|By Tim Swift

FILM

'My One and Only':

Baltimore is ready for her close-up. Renee Zellweger was in town last summer, playing a '50s divorcee looking for love, and now the finished product is finally making its way to local theaters. Charm City stands in for a number of East Coast locales. And the Engineers Club, the streets of East Baltimore and Mount Vernon Place all make cameos. In theaters Friday.

TV

'Glee':

Fox's answer to "High School Musical" returns for a full season after a splashy sneak peek in May. Matthew Morrison (above) plays an idealistic teacher who wants to turn around his school glee club, but he only has a band of misfits to work with. The humor could be sharper, but the songs sure stick with you. Airs 8:58 p.m. Wednesday on WBFF, Channel 45.

CONCERT

Celebration:

Led by singer Katrina Ford, Celebration conjures up heavy tribal grooves laced with swirling, fuzzy psychedelic rock. The up-and-coming band is worth seeing just to watch Ford: She struts, she croons, she captivates. Catch the Baltimore trio as they perform close to home 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Black Cat in Washington.

Web: blackcatdc.com

POP MUSIC

'I Look to You':

by Whitney Houston:

After years of being a tabloid punch line, the singer is rolling out her much-anticipated comeback. And it's actually a real comeback. Armed with the best producers and a new sense of discipline, Houston pulls together a solid album. While it doesn't soar to the heights of past triumphs, it's certainly a step up from "Being Bobby Brown." In stores Monday.

DANCE PARTY

John Hughes Tribute:

The Ottobar to paying homage to the man behind '80s gems like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (above), "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club." Catch screenings of the teen classics and get down to the 1980s best dance grooves. Starts 9 p.m. Friday.

Web: theotto

bar.com

FESTIVAL

Renaissance Festival:

It's got sword-swallowing, turkey legs and mead, glorious mead. What's not to love? For the next two months, a patch of Crownsville will become a bustling period village under the rule of a faux Henry VIII (below). Expect plenty of crafts, performances and a kissing wench or two. Now through Oct. 25.

Web: rennfest.com

ART

'Sublime Structures':

The C. Grimaldis Gallery is bringing together five artists all with very different takes on the art of the human body. Drawing inspiration from science and spirituality, the show features the work of Greek painter Effie Halivopoulou (below) and photographer Christopher Myers. Opens Wednesday.

Web: cgrimaldisgallery.com

CONCERT

The Killers :

These guys hail from Las Vegas, and the glitz and over-the-top drama of Sin City certainly can be found in the band's soaring sound and often surreal lyrics. They're on the road promoting their latest release "Day & Age," which features the radio hit "Human." Show starts 7:30 p.m. Monday at Merriweather.

Web: merriweathermusic.com

BLU-RAY

'Earth' :

Nothing shows off that high-def TV quite like a top-notch nature documentary. While this film - narrated in the rich baritone of James Earl Jones - is teeming with Disney wholesomeness (no animals are eating their young here), the images captured on the screen are striking and sometimes awesome. In stores Tuesday .

ANTIQUES

Summer Antiques Show:

The largest indoor antiques show in the country returns to Baltimore for 29th year of exquisite (and often expensive) finds. More than 500 dealers will be exhibiting. Starts Thursday and continues through Sept. 6 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Web: baltimoresummer

antiques.com

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