Five Spot: Our five faves of the moment

  • Article by: STAR TRIBUNE STAFF
  • Updated: November 24, 2012 - 3:50 PM
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Carly Chaikin, left, as Dalia Royce, with Jane Levy as Tessa Altman in "Suburgatory."

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1 If ever a sitcom sidekick deserved her own spinoff, it's Carly Chaikin, who plays high school beauty queen Dalia Royce on the underrated "Suburgatory." She offsets Dalia's shallow fashionista persona with a delivery so deadpan it makes Steven Wright look bubbly. "If you're on the beach, and you see only one set of footprints, it's because your nanny is carrying you," she intones, barely moving her mouth while staring blankly from under half-mast, makeup-caked eyelids, or, in textspeak, "Get the h out of my r." Sorry, you spray-tanned Valley Girl zombie, we're staying the h in your r as long as we can. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, KSTP, Ch. 5

2 With a résumé including "Flirting With Disaster," "The Fighter" and now "Silver Linings Playbook," director David O. Russell is becoming to freaky family dysfunction what Scorsese is to the Mafia. He loves unmanageable people, adores the energy of a good fight and brings out the best in his cast, including Bradley Cooper as a psych patient and Jennifer Lawrence as a kooky widow who seem a perfect match -- the rocks in her head fit the holes in his. "Silver Linings" tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy.

3 Never mind that their singer can't hit some of the high notes anymore, that it was their one and only show in 30 years and that they've maddeningly refused to do any more. Four minutes into Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" -- their new CD and/or DVD collection from a 2007 London charity concert -- those highly stacked odds crumble to the ground as an especially crunchy "Good Times, Bad Times" gives way to a thrilling "Ramble On" to kick off what quickly becomes the British rock gods' all-time best concert recording.

4 Zenon Dance Co. marks its 30th season with two weekends and two world premieres. Polish-born choreographer Mariusz Olszewski created "Hotel Tango" for two couples using three distinct styles of tango. The performers -- Tristan Koepke, Mary Ann Bradley, Stephen Schroeder and Laura Selle Virtucio -- dance with discipline and desire, punctuating every interaction with drama. The final weekend also features Johannes Wieland's "corrosion," Wynn Fricke's "Blessing of the Earth" and Danny Buraczeski's "Elegant Echoes." Final performance 7 p.m. Sunday, Cowles Center, www.zenondance.org

5 Actor Reed Sigmund is a knockout as the Grinch in the Children's Theatre Company's wonderful production of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Under Peter Brosius' lyrical and witty direction, Sigmund and the rest of the cast deliver the holiday classic with verve and panache. In the end, the Grinch does not succeed in stealing the holiday cheer from the Whos in Whoville. But the production does steal hearts. www.childrenstheatre.org

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