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

November 29, 2009

HOLIDAY

Monument Lighting:

A Christmas tradition is returning a little greener. Oriole Nick Markakis will flip the switch on a new set of eco-friendly LED bulbs that will light the Washington Monument through the holidays. The lights go on and fireworks go off about 7:20 p.m. Thursday at Mount Vernon Place.

CONCERT

Tony Bennett:

He's 83 years old, but you wouldn't know it from his touring schedule. The legendary crooner stops in Baltimore this week to perform classics such as "The Way You Look Tonight" and maybe even a Christmas song or two. Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Meyerhoff.

Web: ticketmaster.com

TV

'Top Chef':

Now the sibling rivalry can really heat up. Maryland brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, above, have made it to the cooking show's finale in Napa Valley. And with just two rounds left, there's a good chance this year's Top Chef will be named Voltaggio. Airs 10 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo.

FILM

'Brothers':

The Voltaggios may be intense, but not this intense. Tobey Maguire, above, stars as a young soldier who returns home after being presumed dead. Only problem is that his younger brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) has been "comforting" his wife. Awkward. In theaters Friday.

CONCERT

Rebel Music:

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is celebrating its Montgomery Bus Boycott exhibit with music and poetry. DJ Stylus, above, and other acts will perform. Starts at 8 p.m. Friday.

Web: african

american

culture.com

POP MUSIC

'Stir the Blood,' The Bravery :

They've always been slightly reminiscent of the Cure; now this punk/new wave band has the pathos to back up the comparison. This time, vulnerable lyrics match the brooding synth-rock sound. But the band leaves plenty of room to rage as well. In stores Tuesday.

DANCE

'The Nutcracker':

While "Nutcracker" shows are a dime a dozen this time of year, this production is a rare chance to see a top-notch ballet company (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) perform in Baltimore. Starts a weekend run at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hippodrome.

Web: ticketmaster.com

CONCERT

Night of 100 Elvises:

It will be a while before Elvis has left this building. A dozen tribute bands and even more impersonators will be ready to shake things up at this annual benefit. Shows start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lithuanian Hall in Pigtown.

Web: nightof100elvises.com

DVD

'Night at the Museum::

Battle of the Smithsonian':

Usually when D.C. appears in a special-effects movie, it's for a few seconds and the White House explodes. So it's refreshing to see treasures like the Lincoln Memorial not just survive but come to life. In stores Tuesday.

CLASSICAL

Handel's 'Messiah':

Edward Polochick and Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale are back for their distinctive take on the holiday staple. While others seek period authenticity, Polochick strives for drama. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Meyerhoff.

Web: bsomusic.org

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