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BEST OF THIS WEEK

THE BALTIMORE SUN

DVD

DEATH AT A FUNERAL / / MGM. Available Tuesday. $29.99.

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Death is more like a madcap macarena in Death at a Funeral, an often-hilarious farce about a family's vain attempt to bury its patriarch with dignity at his suburban manse in the verdant English countryside.

Laughs mount as tensions reach the flash point among the stay-at-home, married brother Daniel (Matthew MacFadyen), his famous expatriate-novelist sibling Robert (Rupert Graves), their self-dramatizing mother Sandra (Jane Asher) and Robert's long-suffering wife Jane (Keeley Hawes). Director Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), helps the actors get the most out of barbed throwaways, such as Sandra's remark, "Tea can do many things, Jane, but it can't bring back the dead." The dead man's niece, Martha (Daisy Donovan), shows up with an insecure fiance, Simon (Alan Tudyk), who has inadvertently taken hallucinogens. Tudyk, who was also terrific this year in 3:10 to Yuma, is the stand-out.

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[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

MUSIC

JILL SCOTT AND RAHEEM DEVAUGHN / / 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $50-$93. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com

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When Jill Scott blew onto the scene seven years ago with her double-platinum debut Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1, the neo-soul movement was in full-bloom. Though some of the genre's key artists, such as Maxwell, D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, have since fallen off, Scott has maintained a solid profile as one of the most refreshing voices in modern soul. She's on the road supporting her current CD, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3. DeVaughn, her opening act, is a Washington native whose sophomore album, Love Behind the Melody, made its debut atop the R&B; charts in January. Both artists offer silken melodies laced with ambitious poetic lyrics, and they infuse it all with remarkable, soul-dipped vocals.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

CLASSICAL

ALBAN BERG QUARTET / / 5:30 p.m. today. Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. $17, $33. 410-516-7164 or shriver concerts.org

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Founded in 1971, the Alban Berg Quartet quickly established itself among the world's leading chamber ensembles. Three years ago, the group's longtime violist died, and, although he was succeeded by one of his gifted students, things haven't been quite the same for the others. "There was a big rupture in our hearts," cellist Valentin Erben said recently. So, this summer, the quartet will disband, ending a remarkable run of first-rate music-making.

Each remaining performance is now all the more notable. Tonight, the quartet, presented by the Shriver Hall Concert Series, will play a brilliant, passionate work by its namesake -- Berg's Lyric Suite -- along with the powerful opening portion of Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, and Schubert's Quartet No. 15, his challenging, final effort in this genre.

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[TIM SMITH]

TELEVISION

PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG / / 10 p.m. Wednesday. MPT (Channels 22 and 67)

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The celebrated American Masters series delivers another winner with this look at the life and work of folk singer Pete Seeger.

As might be expected with Seeger's wife, Toshi, listed as one of the executive producers, this film is more an appreciation than a warts-and-all portrait. But so what?

Seeger, who is now in his 80s, is an American original, and there are rare concert clips of him in performance as a young man that are transcendent. Musically moving, politically illuminating, The Power of Song is a soul-stirring journey through the last 60 years of American life -- and one of the high spots of the PBS season.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

THEATER

ALL THAT I WILL EVER BE / / 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through March 9. $29. The Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. N.W., Washington. 202-332-3300 or studiotheatre.org

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For something a little bit daring and different, check out All That I Will Ever Be, a new play by Alan Ball of American Beauty and Six Feet Under fame. The plot focuses on a romantic relationship between two men living in Los Angeles -- one white, one Middle Eastern. Described as "an erotic and thought-provoking look at ethnicity and the eternal search for belonging," the show won plaudits last year during its New York run.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

FILM

THE SEVENTH SEAL / / 4:45 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. 301-495-6700 or afi.com / silver

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In Ingmar Bergman's 1957 masterpiece, a knight returns from the horrors of the Crusades to face the equal horrors of the plague and religious fanaticism. As he plays chess for his life with Death, Bergman delivers mystical adventure with the detail and nuance of real experience. Max von Sydow, as the knight, is the model of manly despair, crying out for a god "who must be somewhere." In the haunting climax of the movie, and one of the greatest images in the history of the cinema, an artist-juggler sees the knight do a dance of death -- dancing "away from the dawn" with a string of fellow travelers "while the rain washes their faces and clears the salt of the tears from their cheeks."

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[MICHAEL SRAGOW]

ART

MONUMENTS GALORE / / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or artbma.org

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Baltimore has been called the Monument City, but to whom do all those marble and bronze statues speak today? The BMA explores that question in Front Room: Notes on Monumentality, an exhibition of photographs, prints, drawings, paintings, video and sculpture that examines the ideal of historical monuments in an era when the social consensus that originally inspired them may no longer exist.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

HOME

MARYLAND HOME, GARDEN & CRAFT SHOWS / / 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; craft show ends at 8 p.m. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $3-$10; free for children younger than 6 years old. mdhomeandgarden.com or 410-863-1180

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More than 600 exhibitors will showcase the latest trends and products in the state's largest home and garden show. In addition to exhibits, there will be seminars teaching homeowners how to maximize space and cultivate rich gardens. The highlight of the show is 19 professionally designed gardens, created by landscape companies competing for the coveted "Best in Show" title. The event, which opens Friday, runs for two weekends.

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[JENNIFER CHOI]

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