Swiftpicks 10 things not to miss from A&E; editor Tim Swift

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'Trouble in the Water':

Most movies about Hurricane Katrina were filmed after the devastating storm - not during. But budding filmmaker Kimberly Roberts documented the disaster and its aftermath from the vantage point of her Ninth Ward neighborhood with surprising skill. While the camera can be shaky at times, the Sundance Film Festival standout is a moving portrait of life in a battered New Orleans. In theaters Friday.


'30 Rock':

Full disclosure: While watching the season premiere of the Emmy-winning 30 Rock, I laughed so hard that bits of brownie and Diet Coke came out of my nose. Yes, it's that good. With Tina Fey's star rising thanks to her dead-on Sarah Palin spoof, this may be the year that 30 Rock's ratings match its critical acclaim. Airs 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WBAL, Channel 11.


ArtBlast! :

If you didn't have enough reason to check out the Baltimore Museum of Art's giant Franz West's sculptures, the museum is giving you the chance the build your own super-sized work of art. The giant Do-It-Yourself art project, which will take shape on the museum's lawn, is just one of the events and activities going on today that should be a hit with kids and adults alike. Events start at 11 a.m.

For more: bma.org


Kim's Krypt :

OK, so it's definitely not Shakespeare. But there's plenty of drama at this Dundalk haunted house (a former beauty supply store). This year, owner Kim Yates and company have gone to movies for inspiration. Creepy classics like Beetlejuice, Halloween and even the coming vampire flick Twilight are part of the scares. Open 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1748 Merritt Blvd.

For more: kimskrypt.com



They're back! The British rock band, which was just in D.C. in August, makes a second stop this week in the nation's capital as part of the splashy Viva la Vida tour. The summer show was heavy on hits and theatrics. The band briefly and unexpectedly performed in the upper decks of the arena last time. Show starts at 9 p.m. Friday at the Verizon Center. For more: verizoncenter.com



This may be the game that finally puts PlayStation 3 on the map. Visually arresting and just darn cute, the game lets players control and customize Sock boys and girls. It has all the charm of Mario Bros. with the fun of designing your own levels and characters. The developers are calling it "YouTube for video games." In stores Tuesday.


'Mad Men':

: As one Emmy-winning show opens, another closes. AMC's addictive period drama about '60s admen wraps up its second season with quite the wallop. Don's M.I.A., a takeover looms for Sterling Cooper , and Peggy is having a spiritual meltdown. Did I mention this is all going on during the Cuban Missile crisis? It's heavy, but it's great stuff. The finale airs at 10 p.m. tonight on AMC.



by Pink:

Pink has always maintained a delicate balancing act: She mocks pop tarts while essentially being one herself. She deftly continues the trend in her poppy yet self-aware fifth album. Her hit single "So What" - clearly inspired by her recent breakup with biker Carey Hart - sets the rebellious tone for the rest of the proceedings. In stores Tuesday.


Public Moves Federal Hill:

You may see an undulating mass of people on Federal Hill today. But don't fret! It's only performance art. The unusual community art project is sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, which has free admission for the day. It's all part of the city's monthlong Free Fall promotion. The performance begins at 2 p.m.

For more: publicmoves.net


'Prince of Stories: The Many:

Worlds of Neil Gaiman' :

There's now a book about one of the coolest guy in comics. Best known as the writer of the groundbreaking comic book Sandman, Gaiman is also a best-selling novelist (American Gods, Anansi Boys) and screenwriter (Beowulf). This tome puts together the prolific writer's myriad projects and even some unpublished work. In stores Tuesday.

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