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Fathom Events bring everything from Shakespeare to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Maryland screens

Since tickets for live theater and music are beyond the range of many recession-strapped audiences, it's a blessing for Baltimore cultural consumers of all kinds that the Fathom Events network has booked digital broadcasts of everything from Shakespeare to Red Hot Chili Peppers into a string of movie theaters in this region. (Ticket prices vary, but are usually the same as -- or cheaper than -- the cost of admission for 3-D movies.)

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On Tuesday, August 30, at 8 p.m., Red Hot Chili Peppers will introduce their tenth studio album with a live performance in Cologne, Germany that showcases each cut, song by song. (The band will then belt out a sprinkling of its greatest hits.) Three Maryland cinemas will carry a delayed broadcast of the concert by satellite transmission -- Cinemark Egyptian 24, Bel-Air Cinema 14, and Snowden Square 14. And there will be a second show on Thursday, September 1, also at 8 p.m. As always, tickets are available at the theaters and online at www. FathomEvents.com. For the Sun's Find Local listing, click here.

But next up, on Thursday, August 18, is the Shakespeare's Globe London Cinema Series presentation of "Henry IV Part 2," featuring a characterization of Falstaff that won Roger Allam the best actor award at the Oliviers (London theater's version of the Oscars).

Showtime for this acclaimed production is 6:30 p.m. The program begins with the theatrical equivalent of a making-of doc: a 20-minute overview of the Globe's history and reconstruction, its success as the host of a new company, and the genesis of this staging of "Henry IV Part 2."

Tickets for Shakespeare's Globe London Cinema Series are, again, available at the participating theaters -- Columbia Mall 14, Owings Mills 17, Cinemark Egyptian 24, Bel-Air Cinema 14, and Snowden Square 14 -- and online at www.FathomEvents.com.

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