TELEVISION'Town Meeting' on AIDSGoing against CBS "60...


'Town Meeting' on AIDS


Going against CBS "60 Minutes" on Sunday nights is a thankless task ratings-wise. But that's what Peter Jennings will be doing tomorrow night starting at 6:30 on WJZ-TV (Channel 13) with "An ABC Town Meeting for the Family." The topic is AIDS, and ABC says it wants to use the forum to try and dispel myths about how you can and can't get AIDS. The show will include a panel of experts, reports on AIDS, a discussion with studio audience members and a toll-free 800 number for viewers to call and take part in the discussion. The live show is scheduled to run 90 minutes.

Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men," now at the Mechanic Theatre, is a bristling court-martial drama with a cliffhanger of a plot. Two Marines have confessed to the murder a member of their unit, but the military wants the case out of the way as soon as possible: Is the confession part of a cover-up? Michael O'Keefe stars as the wisecracking Navy lawyer reluctantly assigned to defend the accused. Paul Winfield is the firm but fatherly judge. Weekend performance times are today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22-$35. For more information, call (410) 625-1400.



J. Wynn Rousuck "Thelma and Louise" has been released in a deluxe story-box version, so you should be warned up front that those dark lines at the top and bottom of the frame are supposed to be there. That way, you're getting the original breadth of the screen image, as opposed to the central three-fifths common to most movies on video. The film, last year's best or most notorious, chronicles the adventures of two mousy women who take control of their own destinies. Unfortunately, they turn to violence and are hunted down by the coppers. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star. Rated R. **.

Steve Hunter "Shining Through" is a big-budget, rather dim World War II romantic thriller, with Melanie Griffith as a spy sent into Germany to purloin plans for a "flying bomb," the movie's quaint way of describing a guided missile. The inanities, coincidences and lucky breaks that were part of the texture of a '40s movie are re-created here, to less successful effect. Still, I think that older moviegoers who remember the way they used to make 'em and wonder why they don't make 'em like that anymore will find "Shining Through" a trip back in time. And it might help some kids to learn, however romanticized, of the titanic struggle their grandparents won for them. Rated R. **.

Steve Hunter Thanks to songs like "Tropical Fish Mandala," "Madonna of the Wasps" and "The Man with the Lightbulb Head," Robyn Hitchcock is widely perceived as the wittiest and most whimsical English rocker since the early days of John Lennon. And, as irresistibly melodic numbers like "So You Think You're in Love" make plain, wit isn't the only thing he shares with Lennon. See for yourself this evening, when Hitchcock and his Egyptians (along with openers Matthew Sweet and House of Freaks) play Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington. Tickets are $20, and show time is 8 p.m. Call (202) 638-2008 for details.

J.D. Considine