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Euan Morton:

Taking inspiration from Karen Carpenter (his muse) and Boy George (his most famous role), this Broadway actor brings his broad take on cabaret this week to CenterStage. It's the theater's second plate of its self-described "theatrical tapas," yet Morton's lively show should be more than filling. His four-day run starts 7 p.m. Thursday.




A rat that cooks? Talking cars and silent robots? The animators at Pixar specialize in harebrained ideas that seem doomed to fail. This summer's "Up," with an old dude cruising around in a flying house, appeared just as risky. But Pixar has once again made the oddball not only extraordinary but also endearing. In stores Tuesday.


'All Gershwin':

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (above) begins his two-week stay in Baltimore, joining BSO Conductor Marin Alsop in a jazz-filled homage to the eminent American composer. Highlights include renditions of "Rhapsody in Blue" and "I Got Rhythm." Concerts performed at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.



'Open: An Autobiography' :

by Andre Agassi:

Celebrity tell-alls have rarely been this honest and this interesting. Agassi's book has made headlines with his admission that he used meth at the height of his tennis career and lied about it, but that unflinching honesty isn't an aberration. It's carried through to the rest of the book. Just reading the tabloid highlights isn't sufficient here. In stores Tuesday.


Roger Daltrey:

The Who's lead singer may be on tour as solo artist, but his band's classic songs are also along for the ride. In recent shows, Daltrey has even dusted off back catalog songs like "Pictures of Lily." Show starts 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lyric Opera House.

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'American Casino':

Baltimore plays a major role as filmmakers detail how risky deals on Wall Street led to last fall's financial meltdown. Unlike Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," this film makes the victims of the collapse the focus, including a city schoolteacher who lost his home amid predatory lending practices. Opens Friday at the Senator Theatre.


'Project Runway':

Something has been "auf" this season. While most blame its new network, I blame its new setting, L.A. Thankfully, the two-part finale brings the designers back to New York, giving often absent judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia (below with Heidi Klum) no excuse not to show up. Airs 10 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime.


'Directions' by John Gerrard:

This Irish artist uses 3-D Gaming software to literally put a new spin on landscape art. The technology allows for a 360-degree perspective, but Gerrard manages to infuse his images with more than just technical wizardry. On display through May 31 at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington.



'Three Movie Visionaries':

The Maryland Film Festival brings together Baltimore biggest players in Hollywood - Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters - for the first time to discuss their different visions of the city. NPR's Elvis Mitchell will host the event, which benefits the festival. Starts 7 p.m. Saturday at MICA's Brown Center.



Dan Auerbach:

The Black Keys singer/guitarist is currently performing on his own, but he hasn't departed much from his band's gritty sound. Auerbach released his solo debut, "Keep It Hid," in February, and it's heavy on the stripped-down, blues-rooted rock 'n' roll that he does so well. Show starts 8 p.m. Friday at Sonar.


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