Main Event

Brian Regan

The word: Comedian Brian Regan is known for his lively delivery, jovial personality and family-friendly material. His self-deprecating humor covers everything from his childhood to the absurdities of modern life. Unlike those of many of his deadpan or low-key contemporaries, Regan's shows are often high-energy, exploding in bursts and fits. Regan will be performing three shows this weekend in Washington, D.C.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Warner Theatre, 513 13th St., N.W., Washington D.C. Tickets range from $37.75 to $53 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.


Hot Ticket

The Zombies

The word: British rock group The Zombies actually pre-date the modern conception of the walking dead, having formed in 1961, seven years before Romero's "Night of the Living Dead." The group hit it big in America as part of the British invasion, with singles "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season" making an impact.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $45, go on sale Friday at noon and will be available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Big Premiere

'Brick Mansions'

The word: This remake of the French action film "District 13" -- which brought parkour to the mainstream -- is one of the final films completed by Paul Walker before his death. The film, written by "Taken" and "The Transporter" creators Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, takes place in the near future where criminals live in a walled section of Detroit. Walker plays an undercover cop who must team up with a prisoner -- played by parkour-inventor David Belle, reprising his role from "District 13" -- in order to stop a drug kingpin.

Details: "Brick Mansions" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.



'Indie Cindy"

The word: "Indie Cindy" is the Pixies' first album since 1991's "Trompe le Monde." At their peak in in late '80s and early '90s, they were one of the most influential rock bands of the alternative scene. Nirvanna's Kurt Cobain said he was inspired by their output to write "Smells Like Teen Spirit." In the interim, the band has lost member Kim Deal, who has been replaced by Kim Shattuck of the sonically similar band, "The Muffs." Reviews say that the new album, for better or worse, sounds as if it could have easily followed "Trompe le Monde."

Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $9.99 on Amazon and $10.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato

'Black Box'

Series Premiere

The word: ABC's new drama, "Black Box," follows neuroscientist Catherine Black as she helps people suffering from mental illness while hiding her own bipolar disorder from her superiors. The show features Kelly Reilly -- most recently seen in Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" -- as Black and Hollywood legend Vanessa Redgrave as Black's psychiatrist and confidant. The film was created by Amy Holden Jones, who has had an interesting career, writing "Mystic Pizza" and "Beethoven" and directing the feminist-slasher film "The Slumber Party Massacre."

Details: "Black Box" premieres on ABC at 10 p.m. Thursday.