At home with the Preakness It's not the same as broiling in the sun at the Pimlico infield. On the other hand, sitting home and watching the 116th Preakness Stakes on television will guarantee a good view of the race, something the infielders may not have. Maryland's premiere thoroughbred horse race is being covered live on "ABC's Wide World of Sports," beginning at 4:30 p.m. today, with the race itself going off sometime around 5:30. Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold is running, and at mid-week the original Derby favorite, Hansel, was also added to the field. Jim McKay, Charlsie Cantey, Dave Johnson, Jack Whitaker and Al Michaels comprise the ABC commentating lineup.
Guest conductor William McGlaughlin of the Kansas City Symphony leads the Annapolis Brass and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at 8:15 tonight in a pops concert of works by Aaron Copland, Thelonius Monk and others. Tickets: $14-$37. Call 783-8000. Ending their seasons at 4 p.m. ,, tomorrow are the Handel Choir, at Second Presbyterian Church (tickets $13 and $10, call 625-1400); the Children's Chorus of Maryland, at Notre Dame College (tickets $8 and $5, call 296-2025) and the Wright Concert Series in a free concert at St. Katherine's Church, Division and Presstman streets.
Kubrick film still an odyssey
"2001: A Space Odyssey" may be 23 years old but it doesn't begin to show any wear, and at this point in movie history it's far more approachable than it was when it first appeared in 1968. The mother of all sci-fi movies remains a remarkable mix of visual effects, score and content. When it first appeared, one critic ended his review by saying, "What's it all about, Stanley?" That's Stanley Kubrick, and this is the best he has ever done. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood are the spacemen who find themselves in combat with a sophisticated computer as they head toward the area where a 4 million-year-old monolith has been discovered. "2001" is showing at the Senator in 70mm. ****
If you're in the market for an old-fashioned western, "Quigley Down Under" should do. In the film, released last year, Tom Selleck plays an American sharpshooter who journeys to Australia where he expects to work for a ruthless landowner. Laura San Giacamo is the slightly daft young woman who falls in love with the American. Violence, language. Rating: PG-13. ***
A mad dash
The riotously funny farce by Philip King, "See How They Run," is being given excellent treatment by an outstanding professional cast at the Olney Theatre. Directed by Bill Graham Jr., this fast-paced and well-timed comedy, set in the late '40s, tells of a crazy assortment of characters who madly -- in and out of doors and closets while visiting the conservative confines of a stuffy English vicar's rural home. Eric Pierpoint, formerly of the Fox TV series "Alien Nation," stars as a fun-loving GI. 8 p.m.
Route 108, Olney. Tickets: $20, $21. Call 924-3400.