Boy meets girl in Baltimore
"He Said, She Said" is overlong and not always easy to follow, but it does have its bright passages and, of course, it was filmed in Baltimore. The film stars Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins as Baltimore Sun columnists who give the viewer his-and-her versions of their relationship: how they met, separated and reunited. Anthony La Paglia and Sharon Stone are in the supporting cast. Language, sex, nudity. Rating: PG-13. ** Here's a nice departure from the network party line: Instead of showing ABC's scheduled movie "Raw Deal" at 9 tonight, WJZ-Channel 13 has slotted a Black History Month re-screening of "Sister, Sister," a well-regarded 1982 TV movie. The graceful writing of Maya Angelou beats a hackneyed Arnold Schwarzenegger crime thriller any time. The movie adapts Angelou's story about the uneasy reunion of three sisters, played by Diahann Carroll, Rosalind Cash and Irene Cara. Also in the cast are Paul Winfield and Dick Anthony Williams.
The Civil War in song
An admirable production of the stirring Civil War musical, "Shenandoah," is on stage at the Towsontowne Dinner Theatre. Based on the movie starring James Stewart, this moving anti-war saga features fine song renditions and performances. David Shannon is admirable as a rugged individualist who refuses to take sides and faces the harsh realities of war. Liz Boyer sings the rousing song "Freedom." 7800 York Road. Tickets: $25.95. Call 321-6595.
Winifred Walsh "Dark Man" has Liam Neeson playing a scientist who has been disfigured and left for dead. When he recovers, he looks for those responsible for his condition. The film, brightly staged and appropriately photographed, was meant to be dark comic book and is. At times, the film is downright ugly, but for the most part it amuses. Language, violence. Rating: R. **
A quirky Dylan, an exultant Tchaikovsky
Some music fans go to concerts to be entertained, while others attend in the hopes of being enlightened. But Bob Dylan fans would rather be befuddled. Otherwise, what could there possibly be to cheer about?
And there was plenty of cheering last night when Dylan brought his latest band to Painters Mill Theatre. He got applause when he was good, when he was bad, even when it was hard to tell what he was doing.
A lot of what he did last night bordered on the perverse -- "God Knows," for instance, opened with all three guitarists playing in different keys -- but there were nonetheless moments of brilliance.
"The Girl From the North Country" was taut and bittersweet, making the most of its narrative even as Dylan played with its melodic potential, and "Mr. Tambourine Man," recast as a jazzy shuffle, had an unexpected freshness.
To truly enjoy a Bob Dylan concert takes enthusiasm, unquestioning devotion and masochism. Those who wonder what made him great should seek the answer in record stores, not concert halls.
J. D. Considine This critic has been listening to David Zinman conduct Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 ever since they both arrived in Rochester, N.Y., approximately 20 years ago.
Last night the performance he gave with the Baltimore Symphony in Meyerhoff Hall was perhaps the best this listener has ever heard in the concert hall: It was exciting, it penetrated to the heart of the piece and it kept steaming up one's eyeglasses.
In this piece the conductor used to strive for balletic excitement. While he still interprets this music with dance-like elegance, there is a new openheartedness. The second movement was conveyed with heartbreaking sincerity, and even the third-movement waltz, while delivered archly enough, seemed impelled to dance through tears. The playing of the orchestra in this most heroic of the Tchaikovsky symphonies was beyond reproach for the first three movements. Only a fool would complain that some of the players -- carried away as they were in the exultation of the final movement -- bobbled a few notes. Taking risks is what a good performance should do.