Best week ever: Plan your week with our handy guide

MOVIES OPENING (Fri; subject to change)
Avatar: Special Edition
The Last Exorcism
Takers (left)

Monday Night Football Preseason: Cardinals at Titans (special, mon., ESPN)
2010 Miss Universe Pageant (special, mon., NBC)
The Hard Times of RJ Berger (season finale, mon., MTV)

HawthoRne (season finale, tues., TNT)


Growing up Twisted (season finale, tues., A&E)

Memphis Beat (season finale, tues, TNT)


Primetime: Crime (season premiere, tues., ABC)

Confessions: Animal Hoarding (season finale, wed., Animal Planet)

Ghost Hunters (mid-season premiere, wed., Syfy)

Monsters Inside me (season finale, wed., Animal Planet)

She’s Got the Look (season premiere, wed., TV Land)

NFL Preseason: Colts at Packers (special, thurs., ESPN)

Burn Notice (mid-season finale, thurs., USA)

Royal Pains (mid-season finale, thurs., USA)

NFL Preseason: Chargers at Saints (special, fri., CBS)

The Outdoor Room With Jamie Durie (season finale, fri., HGTV)

Whale Wars (season finale, fri., Animal Planet)

Chefs vs. City (season finale, fri, Food)


The Pillars of the Earth (mid-series finale, fri., Starz_

NFL Preseason: Cowboys at Texans (special, sat., CBS)

Dogs 101/Cats 101 (season premiere, sat., Animal Planet)

NFL Preseason: Steelers at Broncos (special, sun, Fox)

62nd Primetime Emmy Awards (special, sun., NBC)

The Cove (special, sun., NBC)

Border Wars (season premiere, sun., Nat Geo)

Drop Dead Diva (season finale, sun., Lifetime)


Survival of the Dead

City Island


Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season

Lost: The Complete Collection

The Back-up Plan

Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season

The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season

90210: The Complete Second Season

Pawn Stars: Season Two

Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection

ALBUMS DROPPING (Tues; subject to change)

Apocalyptica, “7th Symphony”

Chris August, “No Far Away”

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, “Hawk”

Chk Chk Chk, “Strange Weather Isn’t It”

Dead Confederate, “Sugar”

Eels, “Tomorrow Morning”

Fantasia, “Back To Me”

JJ Grey, “Georgia Warhorse”

Brad Laner, “Natural Selections”

Little Big Town, “The Reason Why”

Never Shout Never, “Harmony”

Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”


Ra Ra Roit, “The Orchard”

Usher, “Versus”


RAMS HEAD LIVE: Tears for Fears (tues); Dir En Grey/Apocolyptica (fri); Fall Back Plan (sat)

SONAR: Land of Confusion (fri); Glow (sat)

PIER SIX: Jackson Browne/David Lindley (tues); Trey Songz/Monica (fri); Blondie/Cheap Trick (sun)

MERRIWEATHER: Rock the Bells, w/ Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, Lauryn Hill and more (sun)

RECHER: Devildriver (mon); American Diary (sat)

OTTOBAR: B.I.M.A Fest (thurs-sat)

BOURBON STREET: Saving Abel (tues); Summer Massive (sat)

930 CLUB: Matisyahu (wed); Michael Jackson birthday celebration (fri); birthday part for Chuck Brown (sat)


Buyers Market of American Craft Show (mon-wed, Baltimore Convention Center)

Innovate Baltimore networking social (wed, Red Maple)

Films on the Pier — “(500) Days of Summer” (wed, fells point)

Little Italy Open Air Film Festival — “Cinema Paradiso” (fri, Little Italy)

Maryland State Fair (opens Friday, runs through Sept. 6, Timonium)


Ravens vs. Giants preseason (sat, M&T)

2010 Navy Week (sat-Sept. 6; throughout Baltimore)

Maryland Renaissance Festival (opens sat, runs through Oct. 24, Crownsville)

24 Hours of Booty cycling (sat-sun; columbia business park)

Annapalooza (sat, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds)

Photo credits: "Takers," Sony; Katy Perry, Capitol; State Fair, The Baltimore Sun

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