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1. Wale (right, photo by Getty)
Yes, his profanity offended Artscape organizers this summer. But if you can tolerate a few curse words, you'll enjoy Wale's seemingly effortless flow and diverse, thoughtful lyrics. Hopefully, the D.C.-based rapper offers up the playful jam "Mirror" or anything off his "Seinfeld"-themed mix tape, More About Nothing. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Rams Head Live. $35. tickets.ramsheadlive.com  LUKE BROADWATER, B

2. Ravens @ Browns
The Ravens look to close in on a playoff spot against the Browns. Hopefully they plan for Peyton Hillis this time around. 1 p.m. Sunday, WJZ/CBS and 98 Rock. MATT VENSEL, B

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3. 'True Grit'
The Coen brothers go full-out Western, with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. Chances are, it will improve upon the 1969 film version. Opens Wednesday. BRIAN KRISTA, B 

4. BBC Xmas Part 7: Holiday Road House

Ditch the relatives for a night and get your party on with Spank Rock and the gang. 8 p.m. Thursday. Sonar. $20 at the door.

JASMINE WIGGINS, B

5. A Day of 'A Christmas Story'

Yes, I watch this every year on TBS. Not for the full 24 hours — just once or twice ... OK, more like five or six times. Some people have “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I have Ralphie and double-dog dares and bunny pajamas. Starts 8 p.m. Friday.

MARISSA GALLO, B

6. 'Bob Ross: Joy of Painting — Waterfalls Collection'

Forget happy trees — now you can have happy waterfalls! This DVD collection offers 13 30-minute lessons on painting with Ross. Oh, joy! $44.99 on

. Out Tuesday.

DANIELLE KEES, B


7. 'Step Up 3D' on DVD/Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3-D

So you think you can dance somewhere else? The franchise apparently needed to add another dimension to compensate for moving the action away from Baltimore. Out Tuesday.

ADAM SAPIRO, B

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8. Keri Hilson, No Boys Allowed

(left, photo by AP)

There isn’t much buzz around Miss Keri’s second album, but perhaps there should be. Lead singles “Breaking Point” and “Pretty Girl Rock” are intelligent pop songs with the right balance of sex appeal and swag. Drops Tuesday.

WESLEY CASE, B


9. 'Making History/ Making Art/MICA'

For the first time, the Maryland Institute College of Art is publishing a 600-page look at its storied history. It’s not released until January, but preorders are being taken at

or at 410.225.2276.

JORDAN BARTEL, B

10. 'The Original Christmas Classics' on Blu-ray

The perfect gift for young and old alike, this collection includes beloved holiday hits such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” which is on Blu-ray for the first time. $24.49 on

.

JORDAN BARTEL, B

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