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Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas: The Musical'
The word: Through some of the greatest songs in history, this musical tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the process.
Details: Multiple performances through Sunday at the Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore. Tickets are $25 to $85 and can be purchased at


Hot Ticket

Lady Gaga's 'artRave -- The ARTPOP Ball'
The word: Although Lady Gaga's most recent album has received somewhat mixed reviews, the performance artist is not likely to disappoint her "Little Monsters" on stage. The Lady is known for her passionate and bizarre performances.
Details: 7:30 p.m. May 15 at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $38 to $203 and are available through


Big premiere

'Out of the Furnace'
The word: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana and Woody Harrelson star in this thriller by "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper.
Details: "Out of the Furnace" premiers Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.


R. Kelly's 'Black Panties'
The word: Kelly's 12th solo album has been getting blasted for its filthy lyrics. Nonetheless, sales of the single "My Story" have been healthy. The album features Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland and Young Jeezy.
Details: Album drops Tuesday. A deluxe edition is available for $11.99 on Amazon and $11.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato

'The Sound of Music Live!'
The word: Carrie Underwood takes on the lead role of Maria, which Julie Andrews made famous in the beloved 1965 film. Underwood has skills, but has to be brave for taking on such a classic icon -- and in a live broadcast, no less.
Details: The show airs at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC.