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

December 13, 2009|By Tim Swift

POP MUSIC

'Element of Freedom':

by Alicia Keys:

In a music world dominated by the likes of Lady Gaga and Kanye West, class and restraint are in short supply, making this pop pianist's latest album all the more refreshing. While "Freedom" hasn't stood out on the radio so far, don't let that fool you. It flows more as a complete album rather than as a string of splashy singles. In stores Tuesday.

DVD

'The Hangover':

Yes, the sleeper hit of the summer is disgusting, violent and incredibly stupid. But that might also be the reason it's so enjoyable. A group of dudes (including Zach Galifianakis, above) go on a wild bachelor party in Vegas. When they come to the next day, they find a chicken, a baby and even a tiger. Only problem is they've lost the groom. In stores Tuesday.

CONCERT

Come Together III:

Despite what the "Rock Band" game might want you to believe, not just anyone can do the Beatles. History's greatest pop songs are best left to the professionals. More than a dozen local bands will do their best to channel the Fab Four in this annual benefit for Amnesty International. Show starts 7 p.m. Saturday at the Recher Theatre in Towson.

Web: rechertheatre.com

FILM

'Avatar':

With a budget estimated to be around $300 million, James Cameron's 3-D sci-fi epic is probably the most expensive movie ever made. And if you're a special-effects fan, it's money well spent. Sure, the plot and the dialogue are hokey, but the effects are so absorbing, you feel at times as if you're watching a nature documentary of an alien world. In theaters Friday.

VARIETY SHOW

BSO Holiday Spectacular :

The symphony's over-the-top Christmas show is back, and they didn't forget the famous tap-dancing Santas. Broadway actress Ann Hampton Callaway headlines this annual crowd-pleaser. The first of 10 shows starts 2 p.m. Friday at the Meyerhoff.

Web: bso

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CONCERT

Ellen Cherry:

Local singer-songwriter Ellen Cherry has a warm voice and a knack for storytelling, both of which are on display on her new album, "(New) Years." These songs will no doubt be on the set list when she performs this week as part of the Visionary Solstice Gathering. Show starts 8 p.m. Saturday at Sonar.

Web: sonarbaltimore.com

TV

'Doctor Who::

The Waters of Mars' :

David Tennant (below) heads back into the TARDIS for one of his final outings as the iconic Time Lord. He lands on Earth's first Mars colony, where he finds not only a new headstrong partner (Lindsay Duncan), but a virus that turns people into water-spewing zombies. Airs 9 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.

THEATER

'Alice in Wonderland':

New York choreographer Scott Rink's inventive take on the classic fantasy tale returns for the second year, making a bid to become a new holiday tradition for Baltimore. Rink uses audio from '50s radio and yards of fabric to create a quirky adaption befitting "Wonderland." Opens 7 p.m. Friday at the Theatre Project.

Web: theatreproject.org

COMEDY

Eddie Griffin:

Money is tight for everyone now, but all the belt-tightening has rarely been this funny. Drawing from his VH1 reality show "Going for Broke," Griffin bemoans his cash-flow problems and all the mouths he has to feed, including two ex-wives and four baby mamas. Show starts 8 p.m. Friday at the Lyric.

Web: lyricoperahouse.com

VARIETY SHOW

Radio City:

Christmas Spectacular:

The BSO doesn't have the only "Spectacular" in town this week. The road show by the Rockettes (below) features plenty of high kicks and boasts sets of the Big Apple to put you in an Empire State of mind. Shows start 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday at the 1st Mariner Arena.

Web: www.baltimorearena.com

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