Pop Essentials

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at The Baltimore Sun.

Main Event

Blue Man Group

The word: The Blue Man Group's high-energy performance features experimental music, comedy, multimedia and sometimes water (a tip for those sitting up front).

Details: Various showings Friday through Sunday at the Hippodrome Theater at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore. Tickets are $35 to $95 and can be purchased at


Hot Ticket

Alton Brown

The word: In "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour," the Food Network star blends comedy, food experimentation and even music into the multimedia experience.

Details: 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $35 to $150 and are available through

Big Premiere


'The Legend of Hercules'

The word: The demi-god origin story stars Kellan Kutz (previously known as Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" franchise). The film hasn't been getting a great deal of buzz, but it will probably get more views than the two highly-rated foreign films that are also opening this week on the basis of testosterone alone. Magical gladiator death match, anyone?

Details: "The Legend of Hercules" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.


Switchfoot's 'Fading West'

The word: This is the ninth studio album by the American alternative rock band promoted with two singles, "Who We Are" and "Love Alone Is Worth the Fight." A "Fading West" documentary film about the band was made as a companion to the album.

Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $11.88 on Amazon and $9.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato

'True Detective'

The word: Not to be missed. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in this new drama as Louisiana detectives playing at least two versions of themselves as they relive a 17-year hunt for a serial killer.

Details: The show airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO.