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

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MICA fashion show:

The budding fashion designers of the Maryland Institute College of Art are ready to "make it work." Their annual runway show will include everything from elegant A-line dresses to eclectic machine-laden garments to lacy clothes inspired by the film Moulin Rouge! Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at MICA's Brown Center.

More: mica.edu


'State of Play' :

A congressman's young lover is killed, and a team of reporters is seemingly the only ones looking for the real killer. No, it's not the Gary Condit story, but a riveting new thriller based on a popular British TV series. Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams (above) star as the Washington reporters who are in over their heads. In theaters Friday.


Flight of the Conchords:

Before they were big TV stars, these two New Zealanders were really a struggling comedy/rock band. The guys return to their onstage roots Monday for a sold-out show at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. If you weren't lucky enough to score a seat, there's always the self-titled album and two seasons of reruns.


'Grey Gardens' :

Even "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" would admit they're an acquired taste. The documentary and later the musical about Jackie O's kooky relatives are cult classics. But Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange's strong performances could finally bring this strange but stirring mother-daughter story to a wider audience. Airs at 9 p.m. Saturday on HBO.


Stache Bash:

Things are going to get kinda hairy as the 8x10 club in Federal Hill hosts a "highly competitive mustache contest." All forms of face fuzz are eligible (male or female, real or fake). Up-and-coming, mustached rockers like the Grilled Lincolns will provide tunes. Show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

More: the8x10.com


'This is Water':

by David Foster Wallace:

This troubled but talented author's first published work after his suicide last year isn't really a book. It's a 4,000-word commencement speech delivered one sentence at a time over 144 pages. It's alternately affirming and dark. Think of it as a bizarro Tuesdays with Morrie. In stores Tuesday.


Chelsea Handler:

Leno and Letterman may tangle over who is the king of late night, but for now there is only one undisputed queen. A cult hit on cable, Chelsea Lately is irreverent, unpredictable and one of the sharpest skewers of out-of-control Hollywood. Handler's stand-up act should be no different. Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Warner Theatre in Washington.

More: warnertheatre.com



Fresh from high-profile gigs at South by Southwest and Obama's inauguration, DJ Blaqstarr brings his beats closer to home with an Easter Sunday bash at Sonar. Long a favorite on the Baltimore club scene, Blaqstarr is now making a name for himself outside of B'more, influencing the sound of global pop stars like M.I.A. Show starts at 9 p.m.

More : sonarbaltimore.com


'Picasso at the Lapin Agile':

So Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. Yes, it sounds like a joke, and yes, Steve Martin wrote this play, but the intriguing yet imaginary meeting isn't about laughs. It's a debate about what is genius - and who better to field that one than Pablo and Albert? Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

More: artbma.org


Pyrate Invasion:

Don't worry, these "pyrates" won't be hijacking a supertanker any time soon. These guys are more of the theme-park variety, and they'll be out in force Saturday in Fells Point. Expect plenty of chatty parrots, tall ships and, of course, spontaneous swashbuckling. Starts at 10 a.m. along the waterfront.

More: fellspointmainstreet. org

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