The Word: Boy-band sensation "One Direction" has staked their claim on the pop charts, with six number one singles and three Billboard Music Awards in their career. Concert reviews say the boys eschew classic boy-band trappings like back-up dancers and elaborate staging for a more intimate and low-key performances, based more on their personalities and talents than extraneous spectacle. For those with a predilection for catchy pop and a resistance to ear-shattering screams, the concert is a can't-miss opportunity.
Details: 7 p.m. Monday, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St., Washington, D.C. Tickets are $59.50 to $99.50 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
'I Love Lucy'
Live on Stage
The word: For those who have always wanted to see Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez in full color, this live production takes audiences back to DesiLu studios for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular "I Love Lucy" bits. Each of the show's main characters are recreated along with the sets and locations. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers will perform '50s jingles, recreating the effect of watching the show in its original broadcast.
Details: The show will run 8 p.m. from Oct. 14-26 at the Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., Washington D.C. Tickets are $25 to $75 and will be available 10 a.m. Tuesday.
'Step Up All In'
The word: Five films in, audiences should know what to expect from a "Step Up." Much like "Fast Five," this installment brings together characters from all the previous entries — minus Channing Tatum whose career has stepped up into superstardom — in this high-energy franchise. The main draw is, as always, the crazy dance numbers that rival Busby Berkley in technical achievement. This film should satisfy the dance-crazy with a 3-D fire dance climax in Las Vegas.
Details: "Step Up All In" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide including Regal Westminster 9. For showtime information, call 410-857-1422.
'All You Can Do'
The Word: Rapper and slam poet George Watsky is known for his thought-provoking lyrics and style. "All You Can Do," Watsky's third album, will include the singles "Woah Woah Woah," "Ink Don't Bleed" and "Right Now." Earlier this summer, Watsky released a hit video for "Woah Woah Woah" featuring comedians Bo Burnham and Jim Belushi. Watsky has appeared on "The Ellen Show," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry."
Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $9.99 on iTunes and $9.49 on Amazon.
American Ninja Warrior
'Best Runs of the Season'
The Word: Why watch the losers when you can enjoy an hour of the best competitors of American Ninja Warrior, a localized rendition of Japan's "Sasuke"? The show follows athletes as they compete to complete one of the most fiendishly difficult obstacle courses ever created. Gymnast Kacy Cantzaro made waves earlier this year by becoming the first woman to reach Mount Midoriyama with an impressive run, which makes the course look easy.
Details: "American Ninja Warrior" airs 9 a.m. Monday on NBC.