Let's make a 'Deal'
In television's continuing equivalent of spring training, a player who showed some stuff last year but didn't make the fall team is getting another shot, beginning tonight. It's NBC's "Shannon's Deal" (at 10 o'clock, Channel 2), with Jamey Sheridan as Jack Shannon, a raffish, burned-out attorney for the downtrodden. The show was well received critically, but was held off the fall schedule as a mid-season replacement. It is bumping "Carol & Company" tonight, for one week only, and the network will announce a weekly slot for the series soon.
The Concert Artists of Baltimore perform an all-Bach program at 8 p.m. tonight at Friedberg Hall, Peabody Institute. Two cantatas, a concerto for oboe and violin and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 are planned. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, 18 and under free. Call 628-0027. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Dr. John Stephens lectures before conducting his Washington-based American Camerata for New Music in a free 7:30 p.m. concert of 20th century composers Haskell Smith, Henri Lazarof and Sergey Prokofiev at LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame, 4701 N. Charles St.
Front and center
Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg are white employer and black employee in ''The Long Walk Home,'' an absorbing drama that takes place in 1956 in Montgomery, Ala., where the Civil Rights Movement was sparked with a boycott against the
municipal transportation system. At the time, blacks were required to sit in the back of the buses. Both women do excellent work in a film that will make you feel like these events took place not 35 years ago but just yesterday. Violence, language. Rating: PG. **
Lou Cedrone The absurdly funny, yet poignant comedy, "Reckless," by Craig Lucas, is on stage at the Fells Point Corner Theater. Directed with some style and flourish by Terry Long, the bizarre story follows the adventures of Rachel, a young mother who has been thrust out of her home on Christmas Eve. Maribeth Vogel Eckenrode is a vulnerable and believable Rachel and is supported by a most able cast, particularly Greg Newell as a hustling game show host. 8:30 p.m. 251 S. Ann St. Tickets: $7. Call 276-7837.
''Ghost,'' the movie that made box-office history, is now available on videocassette, and if you haven't seen it on the big screen, you'll certainly want to see it on the smaller one. The film, a mixture of comedy and pathos, has Patrick Swayze playing a murder victim who returns as a ghost to unmask his killer and comfort the girl he left behind. Demi Moore is the girl, Tony Goldwyn is the dead man's friend who is not to be trusted, and Whoopi Goldberg is the medium through whom the dead man makes contact with his earthly love. Violence, sex, language. Rating: PG-13 ***