Main Event

Rita Rudner


The word: A favorite of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson, Rudner has carved out a comedy career from performing in Las Vegas. Rudner has taken her show on the road. Her comedic style mirrors icons Woody Allen and Jack Benny.

Details: 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at Ram's Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. Tickets are $45 for both shows and are available at http://www.ramsheadonstage.com.

Hot Ticket

The Aquabats

The word: Family-friendly former ska band The Aquabats are now known almost as much for their superhero identities and television show "The Aquabats! Super Show!" as they are for their music. Emphasizing an all-ages style, the band packs in plenty for children and their parents to enjoy. Their live shows are known for featuring elaborate visual components including stunts and fight scenes.

Details: 7 p.m. May 10 at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $20 and will be available starting 10 a.m. Friday at http://www.livenation.com.

Big Premiere

'Muppets Most Wanted'

The word: Three years after their triumphant return to theatrical films, the Muppets are back with this sequel to 2011's "The Muppets." All of the creative forces, minus writer and star Jason Segel, are back for this film that looks to emulate the more lighthearted Muppets fare rather than the nostalgic look at the franchise its predecessor took.

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


Johnny Cash

'Out Among the Stars'

The word: More than 10 years after his death, the world will have an opportunity to hear new Johnny Cash music on the album "Out Among the Stars." After discovering the master tapes, Cash's son, John Carter Cash, started efforts to release this lost EP from the 1980s.


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

Couch Potato

'American Dream Builders'

The word: Combining the subject matter of "Extreme Home Makeover" with the format of "Project Runway," "American Dream Builders" is another in a long line of reality competition shows, this time focused on the world of home designers and builders. The show is hosted by Nate Berkus, a frequent guest on the former "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Details: "American Dream Builders" premieres 8 p.m. March 23 on NBC.