If you aren't afraid to get your hands a little dirty, consider one of this year's best offerings of Free Fall, a monthlong festival of wallet-friendly events. Next weekend, Baltimore Clayworks will be hosting wheel-throwing, tile-making, raku-firing and even a "Clay Olympics" for would-be sculptors of all skill levels. Starts at noon Saturday.
This Baltimore-bred R&B; singer was a smash on last year's "Dancing With the Stars," but at the time his music career had seen better days. With his new album "D.N.A." (out Tuesday), Mario is making a moodier comeback with radio hits like "Break-up." He's also celebrating the release with a show at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sonar.
'Where the Wild Things Are':
In one of the fall's most anticipated movies, daring director Spike Jonze re-imagines Maurice Sendak's classic children's book as a family flick with significant amounts of edge and angst. But purists shouldn't fret too much. Jonze certainly has the look down as young Max Records and James Gandolfini's Carol (above) romp through haunting fantasy landscape. In theaters Friday.
The recession is affecting everything, so why not TV's best sitcom? Profits are down at the parent company, and executive bossman Jack's stress level is up, which can only mean more meddling for Tina Fey (above). Expect plenty of bad suggestions for Tina, such as looking for talent in the Deep South. Season four debuts 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WBAL, Channel 11.
Fresh off the release of their new album "In and Out of Control," Danish indie-rock duo Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo (above) bring their eclectic electronic sound to Baltimore this week. Show starts 9 p.m. Thursday at the Ottobar.
'So You Think You Can Dance':
The top 12 contenders from this summer's TV dance-off are ready to waltz or/and pop-and-lock their way into the 1st Mariner Arena this week. Look for finalist Caitlin Kinney (below), an Annapolis native and Baltimore School for the Arts alumna, on stage. Show starts 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
'Drag Me to Hell':
Thankfully, the phrase "good horror movie" isn't always an oxymoron, especially when Sam Raimi is involved. The "Spider-Man" director's gross but smart return to fright flicks is landing just in time for Halloween. Alison Lohman (below) stars as apushover loan officer who runs afoul of a Gypsy curse. In stores Tuesday.
Rep Stage continues this season's trend of historical juxtapositions, trading Hamlet's school days for a hypothetical sitdown with Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali (played by Bruce Nelson, below). Originally set for last summer, the heady show was worth the wait. Runs through Nov. 1 at Rep Stage.
The Maryland Home,:
Garden & Living Show:
This year's show is more than just winterizing tips. Organizers are raising the testosterone level with a series of man-caves, inspired by local celebrities like Cal Ripken Jr. and Edgar Allan Poe. Starts Friday and continues through Oct. 18 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
by The Flaming Lips:
These Oklahoma misfits have recently showcased playful, coherent songcraft. But the band is back through the looking glass on its new double-album, "Embryonic." The group has resurrected the wild, experimental attitude of its early years, making for a refreshingly manic effort. In stores Tuesday.