Cuba's art movement
The contemporary art movement in Cuba will be the subject of a discussion and talk featuring curator Ana Joa and photographer Vince Gragg from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 N. Charles St. The talk is held in connection with the current show at the gallery, Cuba: The Island and Its People, which runs through Jan. 11. Go to galeriemyrtis.com.
'One Foot In the Grave'
Boasting influences that range from the classic Hammer horror films featuring Christopher Lee to a pompous writing instructor, director Chris LaMartina, homegrown Baltimore horror specialist, has scheduled the debut of One Foot In the Grave tomorrow night at the Creative Alliance. A variation on the crawling-hand movie, it features George Stover and 98 Rock DJ Shortbus Don in a tale involving a ballerina with a shorn foot, her pedophiliac boyfriend and the town witch. Also playing: Grave Mistakes (the title is self-explanatory). The fun starts tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members). Call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.
The Charles Theatre hosts the digital presentation of the Verdi Festival's 2008 performance of Rigoletto. It's the Teatro Regio performance (from Parma) starring Leo Nucci as the cursed jester, Desiree Rancatore as his tragic daughter and Francesco Demuro as the womanizing duke. The show is 6:45 p.m. Sunday and 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the theater, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/45276.
'Two or Three Things I Know About Her'
Only Jean-Luc Godard could turn a close-up of coffee swirling in a cup into one of the most memorable and imitated images in movie history. See how he does it in Two or Three Things I Know About Her, his 1967 portrait of Paris and a bourgeois woman (played by the marvelous Marina Vlady) who prostitutes herself to support her lifestyle. It plays at noon Saturday and at 7 Monday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
'Harvard Beats Yale'
Cinema Sundays will present the shockingly good new documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, about a legendary football game on Nov. 23, 1968, between two undefeated Ivy League teams, including testimony from Harvard footballer Tommy Lee Jones. Doors open for bagels and coffee at 9:45 a.m.; movie starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Admission is $15. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
From Within, a horror-thriller shot predominantly in Cecil County in summer 2007, is being shown tomorrow as part of Horrorfest 2009, a weekend of new horror films screening at theaters throughout the country. The film, shot on the grounds of the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Hospital, across the Susquehanna River from Havre de Grace, tells the story of a small town where the inhabitants start dying off one by one, seemingly by suicide - emphasis on the "seemingly." The movie stars Elizabeth Rice (Mad Men), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Laura Allen (Dirt). From Within screens at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Arundel Mills' Muvico Egyptian 24. For more information, call 443-755-8992 or go to muvico.com or horrorfestonline
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
For nearly 30 years, Skaggs has garnered awards and million-plus record sales with his approach to traditional country and bluegrass. His latest album, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass, delves deeper into the music he's brilliantly explored over the years. See the performance at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 800-551-7328 or go to birchmere.com.
'Caroline, or Change'
E. Faye Butler's performance in the title role of this Civil Rights-era "chamber opera" has rightly drawn superlatives from critics nationwide. This show, about the relationship between an African-American maid and her Jewish employers, explores serious themes. But it also is fanciful and funny, featuring appliances that sing on pitch. Caroline, or Change through Jan. 18 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.
The Mariinsky Ballet (formerly known as the Kirov) is beyond question one of the world's premier ballet troupes, and has been for the past 200 years. Last year's run of La Bayadere at the Kennedy Center sold out. This year's performances of Don Quixote - with its mix of romance, chivalry and self-delusion - may well do the same. Don Quixote, Tuesday through Jan. 18 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W. in Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $47-$135. Call 202-467-4600 or go to kennedy-center.org.
'Lift Every Voice'
The St. John's College community presents the second annual the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. concert, "Lift Every Voice," including performances by Artscentric, the Asbury United Methodist-Men's Choir, Mount Olive AME-Mass Choir, Anne Arundel Community College Chorus, the All Children's Chorus of Annapolis, the Queen Sisters and The Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Mass Choir. The show, which is free, does not require reservations and takes place at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on campus, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. Door open at 4:30 p.m. and there will be a reception afterward. For more information call 410-626-2530 or go to stjohnscollege.edu.
The Columbia Orchestra presents "Sibelius First," a classical concert with a program that will include Franz Joseph Haydn, Joan Tower and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 1. The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Call 410-465-8777 or go to columbiaorchestra.org.
Compiled by Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow.
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