10 spot: ACC tourney, ARTBus, Gorillaz and more

March 05, 2010|by b staff | @bthesite | b free daily

1. ACC Tournament (Thursday-Sunday on RAYCOM and ESPN): If you're not hardcore enough to travel to Greensboro, N.C., to see if Gary Williams' Terps can win their first ACC tourney since 2004, I guess you'll have to tune in on TV. The downside: Duke players won't be able to hear your boos. MATT VENSEL, B

2. ARTBus Tour Six hours on a bus is rough, no matter your destination. But we make an exception for the annual Evergreen Museum and Library's ARTBus, with artist/indie curator Jason Hughes leading an insidery look at the rising stars of Baltimore's arts scene. Stops include AREA 405 and the H&H Arts Building, and feature artist and gallery owner meet-and-greets and chances to buy artwork. Originates Saturday from Evergreen (4545 N. Charles St., Charles Village) at 9:30 a.m., returns at 4 p.m. $80 (also includes box lunch, snacks and receptions). museums.jhu.edu or 410.516.0341. JORDAN BARTEL, B

3. They Might Be Giants At first they were "those guys who had that 'Istanbul' song on 'Tiny Toons.'" Then I got to college and they were "those Johns who write about racist friends." Friday, they'll be "that band I get to see with my husband at the Recher Theatre." 8 p.m. $25. rechertheatre.com. MARISSA GALLO, B

4. 'America's Next Top Model' season premiere Now that I have "Lost" and "ANTM" back, I'll never have to leave my couch again. It's not as exciting as the short-tastic last cycle, but a new batch of models means a new batch of drama. And more time for me to figure out Ms. Jay. Premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday, The CW. MARISSA GALLO, B

5. 'The Stoning of Soraya M.' on DVD The title says it all. Definitely not a romantic comedy, "The Stoning" is based on a true story about uncivil law and lack of human rights for women in Iran. Out Tuesday. thestoning.com. BRIAN KRISTA, B

6. Broke gamers month March marks the beginning of a rough-on-the-pocketbook month for gamers. This week we've got highly anticipated "Final Fantasy XIII" coming out for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Tuesday. The uber-cute and insanely addictive "Pokémon" series is back in the form of "Heart Gold" and "Soul Silver," both coming out Sunday. Gotta catch'em all, right? TIM WONG, B

7. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach It's very rare that I get excited about a new CD. It's even rarer when I'm willing to spend money for one. But any time Gorillaz drops an album -- their last was released in 2005 -- I can't wait to pick it up. If Plastic Beach is half as good as Demon Days, consider me content. MATT VENSEL, B

8. 'She's Out of My League' We've seen this before: Dorky (but not that unattractive) and good-hearted dude meets hot chick who stereotypically wouldn't go for him. There's a reason the device is so popular -- it's relatable, fun and quirky. Plus, "League" finally gives Jay Baruchel ("Tropic Thunder," "Knocked Up") the leading man role he deserves. Opens Friday. JORDAN BARTEL, B

9. Baltimore Mariners Baltimore's other football team, the Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association, gets its 2010 season started with a home-opener against the New Jersey Revolution. 4 p.m. Sunday, 1st Mariner Arena. BRIAN KRISTA, B

10. Haiti relief concert Just a reminder: Things still suck in Haiti. To help, JV Myka Project, Wayne Johnson of Under Command, Critical Element, Nuke the Soup and White Shadow will perform, with all proceeds dedicated to earthquake relief through the American Red Cross. Rock along, and you can help, too. 8 p.m. Friday, Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. $10 in advance (bandchitickets.com), $15 at the door. ADAM SAPIRO, B

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