The word: Grammy-award winning musician Smokey Robinson has been honored as a living music legend, winning Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award. Robinson got his start writing music and performing for Motown Records in the '50s and '60s. Robinson wrote "My Girl" and "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and his solo hits include "Being with You" and "One Heartbeat."
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $69-$128 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Disney on Ice
The word: The Disney film "Frozen" has recently become the highest grossing animated film of all time. Now, families who have burned out their DVD copies of the film have the opportunity to experience it in a different medium with this live presentation. With ice castles, talking snowmen and a bunch of ice puns, "Frozen" is the most appropriate film in the Disney stable for the live on ice treatment.
Details: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. Tickets are $20-65 and will be available 10 a.m. Tuesday at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
The word: Production designer Robert Stromberg makes his directorial debut with this Disney feature, re-imagining "Sleeping Beauty" villain Maleficent as a tortured anti-hero. Angelina Jolie portrays the wicked fairy who curses Princess Aurora to an eternal sleep. The film details her tortured background, and the path that led her from her peace-loving existence to becoming the mistress of all evil. Stromberg has a talent with designing beautiful fantasy worlds, having designed "Avatar's" Pandora, the land of Oz in the recent "Oz the Great and Powerful" and Wonderland in Tim Burton's "Alice and Wonderland."
Details: "Maleficent" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.
The word: It's been five years since 50 Cent's last album, "Before I Self-Destruct," the longest gap since he hit the scene as a solo artist in 2003. Earlier this year, the single "Hold On" was performed live at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The album features the single "The Funeral," a continuation from the song "50 Bars" from his "Guess Who's Back?" album.
Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $10.99 on Amazon.
'Sing Your Face Off'
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The word: The latest in a glut of singing competitions, "Sing Your Face Off" presents an American-Idol-style reality show with a twist. The competition features celebrities -- Jon Lovitz, Sebastian Bach and Lisa Rinna have been tapped for season one -- undergoing physical transformations including make-up and wardrobe to compete in the style of famous musical icons, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. The contest will be judged by singer Debbie Gibson and SNL impressionist Darrell Hammond, with guest appearances by Richard Simmons, RuPaul and Tom Arnold.
Details: "Sing Your Face Off" premieres 9 p.m. Saturday on ABC.