Swiftpicks

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

November 01, 2009|By Tim Swift

TV

'V':

Elizabeth Mitchell of "Lost" (above) stars in this polished revamp of the '80s classic. Some of the surprise may be gone. (We already know that the "peaceful" alien visitors are really evil lizard people with a hankering for live meat.) But it may be even scarier (for the GOP at least); these visitors promise universal health care. Airs 8 p.m. Tuesday on WMAR, Channel 2.

THEATER

Stoop Storytelling Series:

The popular monologue show is hungry for more tales from Baltimoreans. With the latest show, "Kitchen Confidential," the series serves up seven-minute stories about cooking, eating and assorted food issues. Speakers include chef John Shields and nutrition expert Tony Geraci. Show starts 8 p.m. Mondayat Center Stage.

Web: stoopstorytelling.com

BOOKS

A Saturday :

with Sherlock Holmes :

Baltimore's Sherlockian societies (we have three, apparently) are poised to help you bone up on the meticulous detective's case file well before Holmes goes Hollywood this Christmas. Mr. Holmes himself will take part in the discussion, but don't expect the Robert Downey Jr. version. Starts 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pratt's Central Library.

Web: prattlibrary.org

FILM

'The Box':

Director Richard Kelly returns to his "Donnie Darko" roots with a creepy tale of a box that can deliver dollars but also death. Cameron Diaz (above) plays a suburban mom who accepts a million-dollar prize with a very big catch. Known for off-the-wall pics, Kelly seems to have made another movie that you'll either love or hate. In theaters Friday.

CONCERT

Wye Oak :

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner (above) are taking a break from their current tour for a hometown show at the Windup Space. Wye Oak is on a roll these days: Its sound is more cohesive than ever, and critics loved the sophomore album, "The Knot." Show starts at 8:30 tonight.

Web: thewind

upspace.com

THEATER

'Streetcar Named Desire':

Washington's blockbuster fall season continues as actress Cate Blanchett (below) takes on the role of Blanche DuBois this month at the Kennedy Center. The potent mix of A-list celeb and A-list play has the district aflutter. But the bad news is that it's pretty much sold out. So good luck relying on the kindness of strangers to find a ticket.

ART

Mosaic Workshop:

Artist Rick Shelley really knows how to make something more than the sum of its parts. Participants will able to watch Shelley in action and make a small mosaic themselves. Materials are provided, but registration is required and pricey ($100). Starts 10 a.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Web: avam.org

POP MUSIC

'Raditude' by Weezer:

It's got a giant flying dog on the cover and contributions from major hip-hop players Lil Wayne and Jermaine Dupri. And if that wasn't strange enough, some are comparing "Raditude's" songs to those of the Jonas Brothers. Yet there's a method to frontman Rivers Cuomo's (below) madness. In stores Tuesday.

DVD

'Food Inc.':

Director Robert Kenner and contributors like author Eric Schlosser lift the veil on a food industry that's far from farm-fresh. The documentary shows how the boardroom decisions of big agriculture are connected to major societal problems like our dependence on foreign oil and childhood obesity. In stores Tuesday.

GAMES

'Lego Rock Band' :

After riffing on "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones," those cute little Lego dudes are ready to rock. The game sticks to the familiar "Rock Band" formula, but it is geared toward a younger, more wholesome audience. Yet the game still has the needed rock edge, with appearances by Lego Iggy Pop (below) and David Bowie. In stores Tuesday.

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