'True Blood':

HBO's sultry vampire drama returns for a bloodier and seedier second season that might just give the premium cable channel a much-needed breakout hit. Blood debuted to modest ratings, but its fan base and DVD sales have been building since last season's finale. Returns 10 p.m. Sunday.


Baltimore Pride :

It's time for Baltimore's gayest party of the year. Come for the parade, but stay for the music. The drag queens will be lip-syncing, but look for plenty of live music from acts like the Degenerettes and Brendan Velasquez. Starts 4 p.m. Saturday along Charles Street in Mount Vernon.

Web: baltimorepride.org


iPhone 3G S:

Last year's must-have gadget will soon be slightly less cool. With the new upgraded phone, Apple boasts upgrades like faster Internet and a video camera. Already have an iPhone? New software arrives Wednesday that should ease some of the pain of being behind the times. The new phones go on sale Friday.


'Sondheim Artscape :

Prize: 2009 Finalists':

You'll have to wait another month for that fried turkey leg, but Artscape is already getting started. Check out the work of five local artists, including Karen Yasinsky's (above) vying for a $25,000 prize. Starts Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Web: artbma.org


The Fray:

When something emotional goes down on TV, these sensitive pop rockers are there to provide the tunes. Thankfully, this week you can catch them without the melodrama. Show starts 7 p.m. Tuesday at Merriweather.

Web: ticketmaster.com


'Year One':

Harold Ramis, the funny guy behind classics like Groundhog Day and Caddyshack, is back in the director's chair for this tale of Stone-Age slackers. It has Jack Black and Michael Cera running amok in biblical times. And with some luck, it should be slightly more campy than 10,000 B.C. In theaters Friday.


William Eggleston::

Democratic Camera:

Color photos weren't always considered art, but this American artist helped change that. The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington will display his groundbreaking photos of everyday objects and ordinary scenes. Opens Saturday.

Web: corcoran.org


Eddie Vedder:

Playing covers and more recent songs, the grunge rocker is on the road for his first solo tour. But Pearl Jam fans shouldn't worry. Vedder will be back with the band this fall just in time for a new album. Shows start 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Lyric.

Web: ticketmaster.com


'The Angels Game':

by Carlos Ruiz Zafon :

This Gothic mystery tells the story of a struggling Spanish author who gets an offer he can't refuse. The problem is that the money and fame come with serious strings attached. Zafon does a keen balancing act here, creating a lofty yet entertaining read. In stores Tuesday.


Playwrights Festival:

After months of work, Baltimore writers are ready to roll out 10 new plays. The lineup includes everything from a singing hitchhiker to a garbageman in over his head. The first entry, Bloodlines, starts 8 p.m. Thursday at Fells Point Corner Theatre.

Web: fpct.org

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