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Merle Haggard

The word: Debuting in 1962, country legend Merle Haggard is known for his low-key persona, true-to-life lyrics and mellow twang. A Grammy Award winner, Haggard has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In his recent career, Haggard has continued to perform, delighting fans with his hits including "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "Mama Tried" and "Things Aren't Funny Anymore."

Details: 8 p.m. Friday at OC Inlet Parking Lot, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City. Tickets are $25 to $55 and are available at


Hot Ticket

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. June 28 and 29, Gregory Porter, Trombone Shorty, Yasiin Bey -- formerly known as Mos Def, the Rebirth Brass Band and Irma Thomas will perform at Yards Park, overlooking the Anacostia River.

Details: 3 p.m. June 28 and 29 at Capitol Riverfront Yards Park, 355 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets for each day are $50 to $95. A two-day pass is $75 to $150. Tickets will be available 5 p.m. Monday at

Big Premiere

'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

The word: It's been exactly 10 years since the first "Spider-Man 2" was released in theaters, to great critical and commercial success. Marc Webb will try to recapture that goodwill with his reboot sequel, pitting Spider-Man against the Green Goblin, Electro and the Rhino. Sony has two more Spider-Man movies planned, and early reviews say this film sets up the pieces for the rest of the series.

Details: "Amazing Spider-Man 2" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.


Lily Allen


The word: Lily Allen has been on a musical hiatus since her last album, "It's Not Me, It's You" dropped in 2009. She's back with a Kanye-inspired album title and a host of new sarcastic, biting pop songs. Early reviews have praised the album for its musical variety and sharp lyrics.

Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $12.49 on Amazon and $10.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato

'24: Live Another Day'

The word: Jack Bauer, last seen in the "24" series finale in 2010, is back with a new adventure in this miniseries. Bauer tapped into a cultural need when "24" debuted in 2002, but the world of terror and politics has changed drastically since then. The miniseries cuts down the 24 episodes to just 12, streamlining the stories, which had become bloated in later seasons. This time, Bauer finds himself labeled a terrorist and hunted in London.

Details: "24: Live Another Day" premieres 8 p.m. Monday on Fox.