To describe Vinx as a percussionist is sort of like saying that Stevie Wonder is a singing piano player -- not wrong, exactly, but hardly the whole picture. So let's add a bit of perspective: This Brazilian-born musician, who brings his band into Max's on Broadway tomorrow, sings, writes songs, and can keep time on almost anything. When he opened Sting's last tour, his solo performances very nearly stole the show; just imagine what he'll be able to do with a whole band. Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets are $9 in advance, $11 day of show. Call (410) 675-MAXS for details.
"Pinocchio" is more than 50 years old and it's been restored so brilliantly, it doesn't look 50 days old. The old fable about the puppet who wants to be a boy but can't quite make it until he
learns the lessons of responsibility is one of Walt Disney's most endearing creations. It only betrays its age in small ways. Rated G. ****.
Stephen Hunter "The Village Child" is Sandglass Theater of Vermont's wonderfully whimsical puppetry work-in-progress about an inventor-cum-vaudevillian's experiments on the nature of flight.
Co-sponsored by the Theatre Project and Towson State University's Maryland Arts Festival, the piece proves that though Sandglass may not have discovered the secret of flight, it has definitely discovered the secret of art.
Performances are today at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Towson State's Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Tickets are $12. For more information, call (410) 830-2787.
J. Wynn Rousuck It was the nadir of TV reunions. It's back in reruns tonight. And you don't want to miss it. "Return to Green Acres" returns at 8 tonight on WBAL (Channel 11), with Oliver (Eddie Albert), Lisa (Eva Gabor) and Arnold (the pig).
The plot is too stupid to recount. But "Green Acres" is a pop culture feast. It is part of what has been dubbed the "Hooterville trilogy" (along with "Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction") by critics who see such rural comedies as a wonderful window on the 1960s. Or, maybe, it's the resonance and depth Ms. Gabor brings to her role.
By David Zurawik