He may not be as universal as baseball, but Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky," below, is undeniably a national symbol of some kind. And if you are not into game four of the World Series (at 8 tonight, Channel 11), WNUV-Channel 54 is offering a chance to get to know Rocky Balboa a little better. An hourlong documentary, "Rocky, An American Hero," airs at 8, with Richard Crenna hosting a look at the "Rocky" film series. The show includes the gimmick of Stallone talking split-screen to his fighter alter-ego, and there is some predictable plugging for the upcoming "Rocky V," too. Following at 9 comes the screening of the original 1976 movie. "Fantasia" is 50 years old this year but the animated Disney film shows absolutely no signs of wear. The film may, in fact, have even improved with age. Leopold Stokowski leads the orchestra as it conducts classics to which animation has been added. See it and take the children with you. Rating: G. ****
An effective version of William Hanley's searing drama, "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground," is being staged by students of the Towson State University Theatre Department under the direction of guest director Robert DeFrank. Set in 1962 Brooklyn, N.Y., a hostile young black man and a pregnant young woman seek shelter in a candy shop run by a Holocaust survivor. Fine performance by Mark Gallop, above. Mainstage Theatre, Towson. Tickets $7. 830-2787.
The exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County salutes the range of materials -- and visions -- used by artists working on paper. Among the treats of "Large Works on Paper," Richard Bosman's "Fog Bank" presents a pale meditative world where a lone boater rides upon water rippled like tiger stripes. Eileen Cowin has created a suspenseful silver print photograph of a giant pair of shoes jutting out from a ledge over a passerby's head. Also on display are works by Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Al Held, Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Vito Acconci. The show will run through Nov. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday though Saturday. Call 455-3188.
Bette Midler, below, took a chance when she did "Stella," the second remake of the 1925 classic in which a woman with little sense of propriety sacrifices her happiness for the well being of her daughter. John Goodman is the man who loves Stella Dallas, and Trini Alvarado is Stella's daughter. The film doesn't translate to the contemporary world that easily, but Midler and friends make you want to believe all this. Language, sex. Rating: PG. ***