High five. "5 Into 1," the annual student exhibition organized by Philadelphia Sculptors and hosted by Moore College of Art and Design, presents selected works by graduates of five area art and design schools. These pieces vary widely in personality, breadth of outlook, and special focus. Of special note are artists aiming to repurpose discarded objects, such as the University of the Arts' Tyler Held, who presents an imaginative retake on an outworn kitchen stove, and Moore's Laurel Patterson, who remade shiny twisted pipe forms into sculpture. Also of note is Tom Yurkovic of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, who is interested in the relationship between the sculptural object and the space it occupies.
- Victoria Donohoe
NKOTBSB. Always wanted to see Joey McIntyre and Brian Littrell on the same stage? Now you can, thanks to the boy-band supergroup NKOTBSB, which combines New Kids on the Block with the Backstreet Boys. The guys bring their flashy stage show to town. Expect collaborations on the two songs they recently recorded together, "All in My Head" and "Don't Turn Out the Lights," and on vintage material such as NKOTB's "Single" and the Boys' "The One." Jordin Sparks, the American Idol winner from season six, opens this pop extravaganza.
- David Hiltbrand
New this week: X-Men: First Class **1/2 (out of four stars) The truth behind the Cuban missile crisis is revealed - finally! - in this elaborate origins story, which also explains how the mutant superheroes of the Marvel Comics franchise came to be. For a time, director Matthew (Kick-Ass) Vaughn keeps everything going, but then the inevitable nosedive into meaningless action and save-the-world histrionics sets in. With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Laurence, January Jones, and Kevin Bacon as a very, very evil German. PG-13 (action, violence, adult themes)
- Steven Rea