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10 Things To Miss From A&e Editor Tim Swift

December 20, 2009|By Tim Swift

FAMILY

The Harlem Globetrotters:

Check out two of the stars of "The Amazing Race" - Big Easy and Flight Time - as they stop the frantic world travel and come home, to the basketball court at least. The game against the Washington Generals promises amazing dunks and plenty of feats of agility. Shows start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the 1st Mariner Arena.

Web: www.baltimorearena.com

FILM

'Sherlock Holmes':

Sherlock Holmes as a macho man? That's not so elementary, my dear Watson. While director Guy Richie and actor Robert Downey Jr.'s (above) testosterone-laden take on the famous sleuth might not sit well with those of more Victorian sensibilities, this action-packed romp through industrial London is anything but predictable. In theaters Friday.

TV

'It's a Wonderful Life':

Other holiday movies like "Home Alone" and "A Christmas Story" may have more airings this Christmas season, but they still can't compete with this Frank Capra classic. Most know the plot, but for you cave-dwellers: Jimmy Stewart (above) stars a man who learns his life is worth living thanks to an angel without wings. Airs 8 p.m. Thursday on WBAL, Channel 11.

ART

'Heroes' :

Before Batman and Superman, there were Odysseus and Achilles. With a stunning collection of Greek sculptures, pottery and paintings, the Walters Museum of Art has been celebrating these bold heroes of antiquity all fall long. But every odyssey ends, so take advantage of this free exhibit as it enters its final weeks. Ends Jan. 3.

Web: thewalters.org

CONCERT

The Get 'Em Mamis:

The hip-hop duo of Roxzi and Symphony (above) have made a name for themselves nationally, earning acclaim in big magazines like "Rolling Stone," but they still call Baltimore home. Catch them perform as part of the Ottobar's annual holiday party at 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Web: theottobar.com

THEATER

'Dreamgirls':

Who needs "American Idol" when you have The Dreams? Following the lead of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, "Idol" finalist Syesha Mercado (below) has joined the cast of the girl group opus. But unlike Hudson, Mercado takes on the more glam Diana Ross role. Runs through Dec. 27 at the Hippodrome.

Web: ticketmaster.com

FILM

'Up in the Air' :

After taking off in New York and Los Angeles, this year's top Oscar prospect finally lands in Baltimore. And amid a recession, it couldn't be more timely. George Clooney (below) stars as corporate hatchet man who realizes that his all-business life on the road has derived him of the joys of living. In theaters Wednesday.

CONCERT

O'Malley's March:

Since becoming governor, Martin O'Malley (below) hasn't broken out the guitar and muscle shirt as much he used to. So today is a rare chance to catch the Celtic rockers as they play original songs, as well as some traditional ditties. Shows start 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis.

Web: ramsheadonstage.com

TV

'Jersey Shore':

December is supposed to be a sleepy month for TV. But there's nothing sleepy about MTV's latest lightning-rod show. It follows a pack of self-described "Guidos" and "Guidettes" as they spend a summer at a shore house. Think "Real World," but with a lot more hair gel and more fisticuffs. The debut repeats at 9 p.m. Thursday on MTV.

DVD

500 Days of Summer:

It's a love story that's not a love story. "500 Days" likes to have its cake and eat it too, and the surprising thing is that this charming romantic comedy actually gets away with it. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel (below), it's not afraid to be honest but it's also not afraid to be cute. In stores Tuesday.

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