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Pop Essentials, Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Main Event



The word: The third-season winner of "American Idol," Fantasia Barrino has successfully carved out a role as one of the most successful protégés of the show. (anybody remember Ruben Studdard?) A Grammy Award-winning soul singer, Fantasia is best known for her impressive vocal range and power. Reviews say Fantasia gives high-energy performances that invite the audience to engage in the party atmosphere. With a positive outlook, Fantasia still has a hold over the fans who propelled her into success a decade ago.

Details: 8 p.m., Aug. 29, Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. Tickets, $55 to $75, are available at


Hot Ticket

Kenny G

The word: The king of the slow-jazz saxophone Kenny G, has been active for more than 30 years. With a style so distinctive that his name has become synonymous with the genre, Kenny G has performed for President Clinton and named to the Guinness Book of World Records for longest continuous note — 45 minutes and 47 seconds. Kenny G's albums have reached gold and platinum status, and he has a Grammy.

Details: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $27 to $57 and will be available Tuesday at

Big Premiere

"The November Man"

The word: If you squint your eyes just right, you can pretend that James Bond is coming out of retirement to battle his replacement in this Pierce Brosnan spy-action thriller. Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, nicknamed "The November Man" for no readily-apparent reason. In the film, adapted from the series of spy novels by Bill Granger, Devereaux must face off against his hunky protege, played by Luke Bracey, who has turned bad. The film represents a reteaming of Brosnan with "Dante's Peak" director Roger Donaldson.

Details: "The November Man" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide including Regal Westminster 9. For showtime information, call 410-857-1422.



Nick Carter and Jordan Knight

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"Nick and Knight"

The Word: Two generations of boy bands collide with this new album. Former New Kid on the Block Jordan Knight and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter are teaming up for this collection of 10 pieces of ultra-pop. Carter and Knight previously worked together in the supergroup NKOTBSB featuring both groups in their entirety. Singles from the album include "Just the Two of Us" and "One More Time."

Details: The album will be available Tuesday for $10 on Amazon and $9.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato


"The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic"

The Word: Last year, "Frozen" became a pop-phenomenon, making it the highest-grossing film of the year. For families who just can't "Let It Go," ABC is hosting this making-of documentary that includes directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and actresses Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell. In addition, the special will feature an early look at "Big Hero 6," the first animated Marvel film to come out of the Disney-Marvel Comics buyout.

Details: "The Story of Frozen" will air 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.