1. Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week
Hide your forks, hide your knives, because I'm going to be eating it all. Baltimore Restaurant Week begins Friday and runs through Jan. 30. Baltimore restaurants offer lunches and dinners for $20.11 and $35.11, respectively. For a list of participating restaurants, go to baltimorerestaurantweek.com. JASMINE WIGGINS, B

2. 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Collection 5, Part 2'
The only travel series I watch and the only food show I watch, rolled into one. Quite a time saver. This latest DVD set includes Bourdain's divisive Baltimore visit (as part of his "Rust Belt" episode). Did Charm City get its due? You decide. Out Tuesday. ADAM SAPIRO, B

3. Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde

Chicago youngsters make earnest rock draped in fuzz with just the right amount of cheese (e.g. wailing guitar riffs provide the soundtrack to a perfect prom moment). This album floored me on first listen, and it only gets better with each spin. Drops Tuesday. WESLEY CASE, B


4. Martin Luther King Jr. parade

In the January-event doldrums, this parade is much-needed. Also, I advocate for anything promoted as a “high-stepping, baton-twirling, festive and exciting procession.” Noon Monday. Starts at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south and ends at Baltimore Street. A viewing stand will be at MLK Boulevard and Franklin Street.



5. 'Somewhere'
Sofia Coppola haters, go that way. Her films aren't boring; The beauty is in their subtlety. No one captures modern ennui more breathtakingly than Coppola, and the L.A.-based "Somewhere" continues in the tradition. Opens Friday. WESLEY CASE, B

6. 'Parks and Recreation' season premiere
It's been a ridiculously long wait (thanks, NBC. Your decisions always make sense), but I'm beyond happy to reconnect with the off-kilter Pawnee gang. It's one of the best comedies on TV. Yes, really. 9:30 p.m. Thursday. JORDAN BARTEL, B

7. 'Kourtney & Kim Take New York' series premiere
The Kardashian shows are like a weird, modern anthropological study. They're human, but they're not human like you and I are. They're some other odder, shallower, richer breed. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, E! LUKE BROADWATER, B

8. The Decemberists, The King is Dead

The grandiloquent Portland band's The Crane Wife was one of my favorite albums of 2006. The King is Dead appears to be a return to that form. Drops Tuesday. LUKE BROADWATER, B

9. Pajama jammy jam

California rockers Adema headline at Bourbon Street, but more importantly, attendees to this show are encouraged to wear their PJs. Everyone will be ready to hit the sack ... hot. Saturday 7 p.m. doors. $12 Advance, $15 day of. bourbonstreetconcerts.com. BRIAN KRISTA, B

10. Lykke Li, "I Follow Rivers"

I'm not sure what it is about Sweden and awesome music lately, but I'm glad it's brought us Lykke Li. The indie singer's new single is fantastic and needs to be on your iPod right now. MARISSA GALLO, B