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Provocative punch

Some of the gritty reality -- namely, the street language -- no doubt will be missing, and cutting for commercials will retard the dramatic development. But the 1989 film "Do the Right Thing" likely will still pack provocative punch on television. Writer-director Spike Lee's controversial look at one simmering day of racial-ethnic tension in Brooklyn is the CBS movie tonight (at 8, Channel 11). Mr. Lee also appears in the film, with Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Both Mr. Lee and Mr. Aiello were nominated for Oscars, Mr. Lee for his sharp script and Mr. Aiello for his depiction of an Italian pizza parlor owner.

"Driving Miss Daisy," the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama Alfred Uhry, is being presented by the Maryland Arts Festival at Towson State University. Directed by C. Richard Gillespie, the play features a talented professional cast: Maravene Loeschke as the feisty Daisy, Larry Woody as Hoke and Doug Roberts as Booley. The play is a touching story of an elderly Southern Jewish woman's 25-year friendship with her dignified black chauffeur. Good performances. 8 p.m. Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Osler and Campus drives, Towson. Tickets: $12. 830-ARTS.

Winifred Walsh

A changed man


"Regarding Henry" is a somewhat romantic but thoroughly satisfying film in which Harrison Ford is an attorney who, after being shot during a holdup, loses his speech and memory. As he slowly begins to regain both, he decides that he doesn't like the man he was. He also decides he will be a better father to his daughter. Ford is excellent. He should win an Academy Award nomination for his work in the film. Annette Bening plays his wife, and Elizabeth Wilson is the secretary who likes the new Henry much more than the old one. Violence. Rating: PG-13. ***

Lou Cedrone "Reversal of Fortune" didn't do that well on the theatrical screen, even though Jeremy Irons won the Best Actor Academy Award for his work in the film. The movie should, however, play very well on the smaller screen. It is a superb telling of the Claus Von Bulow story, with Irons as Von Bulow and Glenn Close as the wife he was convicted -- then later acquitted -- of trying to murder. Ron Silver plays the animated attorney who defended the enigmatic Von Bulow. Language. Rating: PG-13. ****

Lou Cedrone

Viennese evening


It's cream puff music tonight as soprano Karen Clift, a Minnesota singer, joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the annual Viennese Night featuring the music of Johann Strauss Jr. and company at 7:30 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It's also a chance to hear BSO conductor David Zinman take up his violin. Afterward, folks can dance outside to Zim Zemarel's imported Pittsburgh sound. The Dulaney String Quartet plays in the lobby before the concert. Tickets are $12; box seats $20. For tickets or more information call 783-8000.

Ernest Imhoff

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