Swiftpicks

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

November 22, 2009

FOOD

Baltimore Farmers' Market:

If you're anything like me, you haven't even bought a frozen pea for Thanksgiving. Luckily, the farmers' market is stocked and ready for us procrastinators. Leave the mega-stroller at home, though, because this is the busiest day of the year for the market. Open today from 8 a.m. until noon at Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets.

Web: promotionandarts.com

FILM

'The Fantastic Mr. Fox':

In an animation world dominated by pristine computer graphics, this ragged stop-motion curiosity definitely stands out. But no one has ever accused the works of contrarian author Roald Dahl and eccentric director Wes Anderson of being normal. Idiosyncratic and at times intense, this is not your typical "kids" film. And that's a good thing. In theaters Wednesday.

CONCERT

Charm City Devils:

These local rockers didn't just spend their summer with a motley crew, they spent the summer with the Motley Crue. While their big tour had them sharing the stage with bands like Godsmack and Drowning Pool, this week's show gives the metalheads led by singer John Allen, above, top billing. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live.

Web: ramsheadlive.com

STAGE

'Around the World in 80 Days':

Traveling might be the last thing you want to think about during the holidays, but this energetic globe-trotting journey can put the shorter trek to your in-laws' in perspective. CenterStage hosts Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre (including actors Philip R. Smith and Kevin Douglas, above) as they re-create the classic Jules Verne story. Previews begin Wednesday.

Web: centerstage.org

FAMILY

Holiday Festival of Trains:

The B&O Railroad Museum has a Black Friday alternative that offers a visit with Santa but without going to the crowded mall. In addition to the museum's other train offerings, the opening weekend will feature a huge train layout made of LEGO building blocks. The festival opens Friday.

Web: borail.org

POP MUSIC

'Fame Monster' by Lady Gaga :

Envisioned as a deluxe version of her debut album with some new songs, "Fame Monster" has morphed - much like this fashion-risk-taking pop sensation - into something much bigger. That said, the short album - with nice touches like a Beyonce duet - does stand up well as a stand-alone piece. In stores Monday.

ART

'Functionless Form,:

Functional Decor':

Interior design has to look good, but is it art? School 33 Art Center has four artists' takes on the idea of art as decor and decor as an art. The exhibit features the work of M. Angelo Arnold, below, who specializes in seat-defying furniture sculptures. On display through Jan. 16.

Web: school33.org

STAGE

'Illuminoctem':

Single Carrot Theatre isn't known for playing it safe. But this new wordless, dance-based show might be the troupe's most daring production yet. It stars Single Carrot regulars Genevieve de Mahy, Giti Jabaily and Nathan A. Cooper, below. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Load of Fun Gallery.

Web: singlecarrot.com

DVD

'Gomorrah':

Finally, a gangster movie wiped clean of any glamour. Based on an Italian reporter's research into the underworld around Naples, the film intercuts five stories of people trying to survive in a brutal world. In one, Gianfelice Imparato, below, stars as one of the many bureaucrats of the criminal enterprise. In stores Tuesday.

COMEDY

Baltimore Improv Group:

Think of it as a game of "Win, Lose or Draw," but probably a lot funnier. For its post-Thanksgiving show, BIG has recruited cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher, below, formerly of The Sun and now with The Economist, to join them on stage. Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Creative Alliance.

Web: creativealliance.org

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