BEST OF THIS WEEK

THE BALTIMORE SUN

FILM

UTOPIA FILM FESTIVAL / / Third annual Greenbelt Municipal Building, 25 Crescent Road, and the P&G; Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt. $5 per film or film program. utopiafilmfestival.org or 301-507-6581.

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Films of all kinds, from features to music videos, on subjects ranging from defiant nuns to '60s hippie communes, are featured at a film festival that reflects what its organizers call "the utopian ideals of Greenbelt, Maryland -- one of America's first planned communities." Among the potential highlights today, the festival's final day: Free Spirits, the story of a Massachusetts New-Age commune that managed to endure from 1968-1988 (noon, P&G; Greenbelt Theatre), and In Good Conscience, a look at an American nun defying a Vatican order that she shut down her ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics (2 p.m., P&G; Old Greenbelt Theatre).

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[CHRIS KALTENBACH]

HISTORY

AT FREEDOM'S DOOR: CHALLENGING SLAVERY IN MARYLAND / / Noon-5 p.m. today. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. 443-263-1800 or africanamericanculture.org. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. 410-685-3750 or www.mdhs.org.

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This exhibit, combining artifacts of Maryland's history of slavery with contemporary artwork reflecting slavery's legacy in the present, ends today. Artist Whitfield Lovell, featured in the exhibit, recently won a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.

Today's closing events include the choral performance "Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey along the Underground Railroad," at 2 p.m. at the Lewis Museum. Tom Hall leads the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and members of the Morgan State University Choir and Baltimore City College High School Choir. Admission to the concert is free, but reservations are recommended.

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[ANNE TALLENT]

POP MUSIC

MORRISSEY / / 8 p.m. Wednesday. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $65. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

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More than 20 years ago, Morrissey rose to fame as the lead singer of the Smiths, one of the most influential indie-rock bands to come out of England. His angst-ridden lyrics and unabashedly over-the-top crooning have garnered the singer-songwriter a large, devoted international following. After canceling several U.S. dates this summer because of illness, Morrissey is back on the road, supporting his latest release and eighth solo album, Ringleader of the Tormentors.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

CLASSICAL

PEABODY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / / 8 p.m. Wednesday. Peabody Institute, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. $5 to $15. 410-659-8100, ext. 2., or peabody.jhu.edu.

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Marin Alsop will be conducting later this week, but not the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This time, she'll be leading the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in her capacity as distinguished visiting artist at the conservatory.

She has chosen a hefty program for the student ensemble: John Adams' Short Ride on a Fast Machine, one of the conductor's trademark pieces; Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety) by Alsop's mentor Leonard Bernstein, with piano soloist Benjamin Pasternack; and the searing Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich.

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[TIM SMITH]

THEATER

HEARTS / / 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m., 8 p.m., Saturdays; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Sundays. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Through Dec. 2. $10-$60. 410-332-0033 or centerstage.org.

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Playwright Willy Holtzman's poignant memory play is based on his father's experiences during World War II. The show tells the story of Donald Waldman, a father, furniture salesman -- and, after the Battle of the Bulge, war hero. Donald returns home with a Purple Heart and a wound invisible to the naked eye. But, as Donald learns during his weekly card game with his buddies, sometimes a wound has to be exposed before it can heal.

Veteran showmen clamor for roles like the ones in Hearts. The four performers portray dozens of characters over a 50-year span, so this show gives skilled actors a chance to strut their stuff.

It's a horrific and cathartic experience.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

TELEVISION

TO DIE IN JERUSALEM / / 9 p.m Thursday. HBO.

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It is hard to imagine a more personalized exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the one provided in this HBO documentary by Hilla Medalia.

When a teenage Palestinian bomber kills a 17-year-old Israeli girl, the victim's mother sets out to discover what she can about the person responsible for her daughter's death. The similarities between the two girls, victim and bomber, are remarkable. The meeting between their mothers is unforgettable.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

ART

THE ROAD TO RENO / / Noon-4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; noon-8 p.m. Thursday; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle. Free. 410-455-2232 or umbc.edu.

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In 1960, Magnum photographer Inge Morath set out on an 18-day road trip from New York City to Reno, Nev., to photograph on the set of John Huston's film The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable.

It was the European-born Morath's first trip through the American heartland; the exhibition documents her encounters and includes a selection of her pictures of the actors and of playwright Arthur Miller, whom she later married.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

AUTHOR

MEET LIFESTYLE EXPERT CHARLA KRUPP / / Noon-4 p.m. today. White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. Free. (410) 931-7100.

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Charla Krupp, best known as the executive editor of Shop Etc. magazine, has written a book, How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter. And now, the frequent Today show expert is bringing her healthy-lifestyle tips to Baltimore.

Krupp will be available to talk about her success with losing weight and becoming healthy. In addition, representatives from Weight Watchers will be on hand to discuss their online program. Organizers also are offering participants a free hand massage and a chance to win an Apple iBook.

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[TANIKA WHITE]

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