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

The Baltimore Sun


'The Amazing Race':

Can't sing, sew or even survive? Well, luckily, this globe-trotting reality show just requires you to be really bossy and good with a map. Hosted by Phil Keoghan (above), the show is looking for fresh contestants for its next travel-athlon. Things get started at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harley Davidson of Baltimore, 8845 Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.


New Kids on the Block:

The much-mocked, but beloved boy band is still hanging tough. While the comeback campaign for the early '90s hitmakers hasn't translated in album sales, the national tour has been a big hit with their now grown-up fan base. Show starts 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the 1st Mariner Arena.

More: www.baltimorearena.com



The big top bonanza continues this week with another, albeit saucier, circus act. Promising partial nudity and shameless humor, burlesque performers Keri Burneston and Adam Krandle offer up a naughtier version of the Greatest Show on Earth. Starts 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and runs till March 22 at Theater Project.

More: theatreproject.org


Paul Rudd:

in 'I Love You, Man':

My favorite comedic straight man is looking for a little bromance. Rudd plays a friendless groom-to-be on the hunt for a best man for his impending nuptials. But in true awkward, gross-out, comedy fashion, his "selection" (a disheveled Jason Segel) is more than he bargained for. In theaters Friday.



If you were wondering why teen girls and cougars were freakin' about someone named Robert Pattinson, you're in luck. Thanks to DVD, you can check out uber-cheesy vampire romp without getting busted. It will be our little secret. In stores Saturday.


' The Cherry Orchard':

It may be more than 100 years old, but Chekhov's final play about a family on the financial brink sure has some added resonance these days. And the Everyman Theatre is back doing what it does best: modern classics. Clinton Brandhagen (below) stars. Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

More: everymantheatre.org


'Lil Wayne :

Fresh off his smash album Tha Carter III, the rapper returns to Baltimore, but here's hoping he shows up on time. He may be a great recording artist, but he has struggled with live shows. The spectacle Show stars at 8 p.m. Friday at the 1st Mariner.

More: www.baltimore-arena.com


'Custer's Last Stand ...':

by Raoul Middleman:

A fixture on the Baltimore scene for decades, Middleman gives us a peek into his painterly obsessions both past and present with a new show at the C. Grimaldis Gallery. The huge oil painting Custer's Last Stand serves as the centerpiece. Runs through April 11.

More: cgrimaldisgallery.com


Iraq war documentaries:

Hard to believe, but it has been six years since U.S. troops entered Iraq. The Sundance Channel offers a series of films that show how drastically life changed for Americans and Iraqis alike. The stories are both broad and personal, including a profile of an Iraqi heavy metal band (pictured). Starts 10 p.m. Thursday.


'Fist of God':



They may be biased against vowels, but the dance-music duo of Jesse F. Keeler and Alex Puodziukas isn't squeamish about mixing it up musically. Their second album is a potent blend of electronica, piano pop and a little punk. Look for the band next month at Sonar. In stores Tuesday.

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