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Life beyond the Bowl

It is, of course, the weekend of the football, with Super Bowl TV specials starting today and running nonstop on one channel or another straight through to game time tomorrow at 6 p.m. on WBAL-TV (Channel 11). But there is one noteworthy non-football special this weekend, "The 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards," at 11:30 tonight on WMAR-TV (Channel 2). NBC is broadcasting the telecast saluting achievement by African-Americans. Awards will be given to the Four Tops, the O'Jays, the Dells, the Temptations and Arsenio Hall.

"Beyond Glory: Re-Presenting Terrorism" at the Maryland Institute, College of Art is an attempt to deal with terrorism as a global issue and to examine its nature and scope. Some works suggest that terrorism is not confined to acts of outlaw individuals or groups, but also includes acts and conduct engaged in or sanctioned by national governments, including our own.

John Dorsey Forget the Redskins and the Bills. If you want a real winner this Super Bowl Sunday, bet on seeing Prong at the Rage. Not only can this trio rock as hard as any band this side of Metallica, but it does so without resorting to the sort of hyperspeed cliches that make most thrash acts sound alike. Instead, Prong's sound -- as demonstrated on its new album, "Prove You Wrong" -- is lean and varied, with a rhythmic drive that could be called funky if it weren't so hard-hitting. Tickets for tomorrow's show are $10. The doors open at 8 p.m. Call (410) 547-7243 for details.

J.D. Considine


Surf City

"Point Break" is fun, fun, fun for three-quarters of its running time, until the director takes the story away.

Keanu Reeves plays a young FBI agent hot on the trail of a gang of surfing bank robbers led by the mysterious "Bodhi" (the unmysterious Patrick Swayze).

Director Kathryn bigelow can't really find the right tube to ride to a satisfactory conclusion to the shenanigans and the movie, after building up a ton of headway, skipping giddily over a mountain of crests, simply ends in a splash, not a bang. R. ** 1/2 .


Stephen Hunter "Fried Green Tomatoes" is a sprawling story of female bonding in the South over two eras. Nerdy Evelyn (Kathy Bates) makes friends with nursing home resident Ninny (Jessica Tandy) and hears the story of Ninny's mysterious relation Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), who, back in the '30s, ran the Whistle Stop cafe with her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker). The movie somewhat blurs the relationship between the two women, but the tangled, Gothic story is certainly engaging. PG. ** 1/2 .


Stephen Hunter

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