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Intriguing juxtapositions

It's interesting what juxtapositions will do to works of art. Drawings by Brice Marden and Sol LeWitt, currently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art, are both essentially geometric arrangements of black lines on white paper. But put them together and the LeWitt looks precise, cool and intellectual, while the Marden looks warm, emotional and intense.

A lot of that kind of comparison is possible in "Marking the Decades: Drawings 1960-1990," a small show mounted as a companion to the much larger print show that opens on Feb. 23. Among its 25 works are ones by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, David Hockney, Nancy Graves, Terry Winters and Mel Bochner. They range from a recent representative of the age-old tradition of the nude in art to minimalism. The show continues through April 19. Call (410) 396-7100. "Naked Lunch" is high-octane weird. A very loose adaptation of William S. Burroughs' narcotically inspired anti-novel by the Canadian horrormeister David Cronenberg ("The Brood," "Scanners," "Twins"), the movie conjures up imagery that has to be seen to be believed. It follows as Peter Weller, playing a version of Burroughs, accidentally kills his wife and embarks on a strange journey of discovery that is part fantasy and part horror. Full of inside jokes, the movie is hard to take, but fascinating. Rated R. ** 1/2

Stephen Hunter "Double Impact" gives you two Jean-Claude Van Dammes for the price of one, and if that isn't pretty darn neat, I don't know what is. The banty Belgian kickboxer will never earn an Academy Award nomination, but his martial arts charisma is so outrageously infectious he's inspired his own cult. In this, his latest to reach video, he plays twins separated at birth -- a Singapore gangster and a Beverly Hills yuppie -- who unite to get even with the murderer of their parents. Rated R. **.

Stephen Hunter


Coming to terms with life

Presenting the Maryland premiere of Wendy Wasserstein's 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Heidi Chronicles," is somewhat of a coup for the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St. And, under the direction of Miriam Bazensky, the theater has staged a largely commendable production of this examination of the after-effects of the first full flowering of the women's movement.

Amy Jo Shapiro plays the title character, an art historian struggling to come to terms with life in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Tom Nolte shines as her closest friend, a homosexual pediatrician with a caustic sense of humor and a sure sense of himself. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 and $9. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.

J. Wynn Rousuck


'In the Best Interest'

Fans of the canceled ABC series, "Equal Justice," already know that Sarah Jessica Parker is one of the better dramatic actors working on TV. Others can discover her at 9 tomorrow night in NBC's "In the Best Interest of the Children."

The film is about a woman suffering from mental illness who loses custody of her children to a foster family. Later, she decides that she wants them back. But the children say they don't want to go back. It avoids false and easy sentimentality. And there are some nice performances by the child actors.

David Zurawik

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