The noted British musician and producer is on the road promoting Knowle West Boy, an album that twists elements of hip-hop, reggae, pop and ambient noise into surreal soundscapes. The show is at 11 p.m. Saturday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. $25. Tickets are available by calling 800-955-5566 or going to 930.com.
Rashod D. Ollison
Feeling "too cool for school"? That's the title given to Mobtown Modern's season-opener, offering works by composers "clearly more interested in rocking the crowd than doing their homework," including a piece by Jacob ter Veldhuis for sax, turntables and boom box. Just what you'd expect from Mobtown, a clever, adventurous group devoted to music of our time - the wilder the better. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Contemporary Museum, 100 W. Centre St. $5-$10. 410-783-5720, mobtownmodern.com or contemporary.org.
The classy and engaging early-music ensemble called Harmonious Blacksmith will give a free season-preview concert featuring works by Bach, Monteverdi and others, performed on period instruments. The group's co-directors, harpsichordist Joseph Gascho and recorder player Justin Godoy, will be joined by soprano Ah Young Hong and theorbo specialist William Simms. 3 p.m. Sunday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Free; reservations encouraged. 410-385-2638 or andiemusiklive.com.
The Last Command
Near the end of the silent era, Josef von Sternberg made one of the greatest of all inside-Tinseltown movies with The Last Command (1928), about a Czarist general who winds up in Hollywood - acting in a film about the Bolshevik Revolution! At 7:30 tonight at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., you can see it in ideal circumstances, with a score written and performed live by the Alloy Orchestra, and a pristine new print supplied to the Maryland Film Festival by Paramount. Friends of the Festival get in free; it's $10 per ticket for the general public. 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
The movie that many critics thought launched the American film renaissance was not Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate or Easy Rider but Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language film, Blow-Up (1966). Set in Swingin' England, it stars David Hemmings as a with-it photographer who thinks his camera accidentally caught evidence of a murder. Eye-popping and infuriating, the movie screens at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 9:10 p.m. Monday and 9:10 p.m. Wednesday at AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10 general admission, $7.50 for matinees. 301-495-6720 or afi.com/silver.
Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre kicks off its Fall Series with director Sarah Gavron's touching Brick Lane, based on Monica Ali's justly celebrated novel about a young Bangladeshi woman's shifting attitudes to life in London and to her arranged marriage with a bookish bumbler. Doors open and bagels are served at 9:45 a.m.; the program, which includes an introduction to the film, starts at 10:30 a.m. Psychiatrist Dr. Sharon Bisco will lead the discussion afterward. Single tickets are $15 and can be applied to a full membership ($110) or a mini-membership ($65). 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
What's a Little Death
Juanita Rockwell, who founded the master of fine arts program at Towson University, has fashioned a musical sequel to Hamlet in which a gravedigger works overtime, and the ground spits up corpses ... many of whom bear a striking resemblance to the Bard's characters. Like Shakespeare's great tragedy, the sequel is written entirely in iambic pentameter. Through Sept. 14 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $10-$20. 410-752-8558 or theatreproject.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
John Patrick Shanley's riveting drama won the 2005 Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize - testament to the strength of the story set in Brooklyn in the 1960s. A charismatic priest is accused of molesting the only African-American pupil in a Catholic elementary school - allowing the playwright to explore the dangers of moral certainty. Through Oct. 5 at Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. $20-$38. 410-752-2208 or everymantheatre.org.
Mary Carole McCauley
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Phenomena: Visual Echo
This Korean-born artist and Maryland Institute College of Art alum uses wood, mirrors, artificial light and other objects to create sculptural "environments" that give the illusion of infinite space and suggest both physical and spiritual travel. Ahn's solo exhibition, the largest of his career, opens today and runs through Oct. 18 at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, with a reception from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today. 410-539-1080 or cgrimaldisgallery.com.
Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art
Artists from around the world focus their lenses on contemporary Israel in an exhibition on loan from the Jewish Museum New York. It opens at noon Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and runs through Jan. 4. On opening day, New York-based photographer Gillian Laub will discuss her work, which appears in the show. The Jewish Museum of Maryland is at 15 Lloyd St. in Baltimore. The exhibition opening runs from noon-4 p.m Sunday. 410-732-6400 or jhsm.org.
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