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Truckers tour

Drive-By Truckers hail from Athens, Ga., and sport a sound that melds brash Southern hard rock with erudite lyrics. The band's style deepens on its latest album, the solid Brighter Than Creation's Dark, released early last year. The band performs tomorrow at Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. Tickets are $25. Call 410-547-7328 or go to



The Rotunda Cinematheque is presenting a free showing at 10 a.m. Saturday of Hook, Steven Spielberg's 1991 movie about a grown-up Peter Pan (Robin Williams) who must return to the haunts and pastimes of his youth after Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) spirits Peter's children away to Neverland. It's a gargantuan curiosity, including some of the most ornate sets ever erected on a Hollywood soundstage and fascinating oddities such as Julia Roberts' Tinkerbell. For this presentation only, children younger than 5 will be admitted to the Rotunda, but the ban still goes for "babes in arms" or in strollers. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and seating is limited. The theater is at 711 W. 40th St. Call 410-235-4800 or go to


Whenever Edgar Allan Poe tried to make popular trash, he created art. That's what happened to Jean-Luc Godard, too, when he directed Contempt, a production heavily laden with international stars and celebrities, including French stars Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot as a declining playwright and his wife; the towering German director Fritz Lang as himself; and Jack Palance as a sleazy American producer struggling to get them to make an eye-popping version of The Odyssey. The movie is a wildly uneven look at art and commerce, but it contains classic bits, like Lang's line, "CinemaScope is fine for snakes and coffins, but not for people." It plays at noon Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $6-$8. Call 410-727-3456 or go to


'Alaska Immersed'

If you think it's cold in Maryland, wait until you see Alaska Immersed, an exhibit of mural-size black-and-white prints by Kate Lynn Morrill, which runs through Jan. 31 in Amalie Rothschild Gallery at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Go to creative

Scott exhibit extended

Painful Death/Painless Life, a show of works by Maryland storyteller and "object maker" Joyce Scott scheduled to close this week, has been extended through Feb. 6 at Goya Contemporary gallery, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Studio 214. After Wednesday, appointments are necessary. Go to


Fine Arts Quartet

The Fine Arts Quartet has roots stretching to 1946. Current violinists Ralph Evans and Efim Boica and cellist Wolfgang Laufer have been performing together for an impressive 25 years, and violist Chauncey Patterson, who just joined the group, brings with him 16 years of experience in the Miami String Quartet. The players will pool their resources for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $12-$26. Call 410-997-2324.

BCO program

The bittersweet season for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra started with a big turnout for the opening concert and a well-received debut in New York, but the souring economy then took the wind out of this fine ensemble's sails. Before suspending operations for the rest of the season, the BCO will offer a program of Beethoven and Bartok, as well as Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with stellar soloist Richard Soltzman. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1041 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $25. Call 410-685-4050 or go to


'Zomo the Rabbit'

Zomo the Rabbit: a Hip-Hop Creation Myth was written by Washington hip-hop artist Psalmayene 24, who has crafted a contemporary spin on the traditional African trickster fable. In the play, having its world premiere, Zomo and the Sky God join forces to help the bunny get the respect he deserves and to help put an end to wars between the animals. Suitable for children ages 4 and older. Through March 8 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$21. Call 301-280-1650 or go to

'Les Miserables'

Signature Theatre's production of Les Miserables has been extended several times, thanks to director Eric Schaeffer's fresh and inventive staging of the venerable musical. Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 epic novel, the musical depicts the battle of wits between the noble fugitive Jean Valjean and the almost demonically obsessed Inspector Javert. Through Feb. 22 at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $75-$83. Call 703-820-9771 or go to sig-online .org.


International Guitar Night

International Guitar Night, an annual traveling festival of strings, heads again to the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts. Organizer Brian Gore will perform along with Argentine singer and guitarist Cecilia Zabala, French steel-string player Pierre Bensusan and classical guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery, who is from New York. The show is 8 p.m. Saturday. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $20. Call 410-356-7469 or go to gordoncenter .com.

Pet project

Animals will be the center of attention at this weekend's World of Pets Expo, which runs tomorrow-Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Events include a cat show, a dog agility trial, a reptile exhibit, a gerbil show and seminars on grooming, training and more. The expo is open 2 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and younger. The fairgrounds are at 2200 York Road, Timonium. Call 410-374-5964 or go to

Polar Bear Plunge

Raise $50 or more for the Special Olympics, and take part in Saturday's Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. Those who raise funds can take a quick dunk in the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, enjoy live music and more. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and plunges are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. To register or for more information, go to

Boat show

Shop for a boat, learn more about fishing and talk with boating experts at this weekend's Baltimore Boat Show. Features include an Affordability Pavilion, which offers boats on a budget, as well as the Green Boating Zone, where environmentally friendly products and procedures get the spotlight. The show continues today-Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Admission is $10 for ages 16 and older, $5 for ages 13-15, and free for ages 12 and younger with an adult. Go to


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