DC Jazz Fest
Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront
The word: DC's Jazz Fest provides a week-long celebration of jazz, with musicians playing in venues around the nation's capital. Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, the Rebirth Brass Band and Irma Thomas will perform at Yards Park overlooking the Anacostia River.
Details: 3 p.m. June 28, 29 at Capitol Riverfront Yards Park, 355 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets for each day are $50-$95. A two-day pass is $75-$150. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
The word: Through her nearly 60-year career, Aretha Franklin has earned the R-E-S-P-E-C-T of her peers and music fans across the globe. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Franklin has charted 20 number one R&B singles and made a memorable appearance in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers." While touring, Franklin is working on recording tunes for a new album.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $69.50-$175 and will be available Friday at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
The word: By now, audiences should know if they're going to enjoy "Transformers: Age of Extinction" without seeing a frame of footage. The format of the new film looks to be identical to its three predecessors. Mix one part vehicular-on-vehicular homicide, two-parts military propaganda, add a beautiful model-turned-actress and shake all of the parts until they fall off the screen. Two things distinguish "Trans4mers" from the previous trilogy: the inclusion of Mark Wahlberg, who has been on a charisma streak lately, and the presence of the Dinobots, robot-dinosaurs that pal around with the Transformers.
Details: "Transformers: Age of Extinction" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For showtime information, call 410-857-1422.
The word: Following last summer's hit "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke is hoping to own the airwaves again with his latest album "Paula." The album features Thicke's latest single "Get Her Back." Despite his recent rise to success with "Blurred Lines" and a memorable performance with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards last year, Thicke has been producing albums for more than a decade, and looks to continue his longevity.
Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $11.88 on Amazon and $7.99 on iTunes.
The word: Catherine Hardwicke who directed "Thirteen" and the first "Twilight" film directed the pilot to this Southern-crime drama. The show follows the steamy on-again off-again romance between two attorneys, as they battle in the courtroom and slowly unravel a city-wide sex scandal. The show seems to bring back soapy entertainment to primetime.
Details: "Reckless" premieres 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS.