The world according to Reno
THEATER Reno, the outrageous New York comedian, is on stage at the Theatre Project with a one-woman production titled, appropriately, "Reno's New Show." The show tackles serious topics such as the AIDS crisis and racial and sexual discrimination. The artist's sardonic rapid-fire delivery has been compared with that of the late Lenny Bruce. Reno's hourlong comedy hour on HBO last year garnered her an Emmy nomination and won cable's ACE award for "best entertainment writing." 8 p.m. 45 W. Preston St., through July 7. Tickets: $15. 752-8558. "Edward Scissorhands" is a very appealing film illustration of a fairy tale in which a young man, whose creator dies before he can give him a pair of hands, has to make do instead with scissors. The film gets a little heavy as it moves toward the finale, but most of the time it's a delight, a charming mixture of fun and fantasy. Johnny Depp is the boy with the scissors, Winona Ryder is the girl who learns to love him, and Dianne Wiest is the Avon lady who accepts Edward into her family without question. Language, violence. Rating: PG-13. ***
He carries a badge
"The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The Smell of Fear" is about as funny as the first "Naked Gun," which appeared three years ago. Leslie Nielsen continues as Lt. Frank Drebin, the detective who is more oaf than sleuth. This time he is in Washington, working to unmask villains who would sabotage a presidential energy symposium. Priscilla Presley continues as Drebin's girlfriend, and George Kennedy is Drebin's associate. There is some visual comedy that doesn't work, but most of the verbal material does. Language. Rating: PG-13. *** With headliners like Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth, the "Clash of the Titans" tour is hardly for the faint of heart, but those willing to brave the din at the Baltimore Arena Sunday night should be pleasantly surprised by the show's diversity. Slayer's go-for-the-gut approach is more visceral than any band since the Sex Pistols, while Megadeth favors impossibly intricate guitar licks, and Anthrax will try anything from straight-up mosh fodder to a remake of Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise." It's easily the heaviest package ever to play Baltimore. Show time is 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $18. Call 481-6000 for tickets, 347-2010 for information.
The National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, comprising some of the country's best young musicians, plays tonight at 8 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets: $10. Call 783-8000. The Columbia Arts Festival is also busy: The Annapolis Brass plays early brass music tonight at 8 and a children's program tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., both free concerts at the Columbia Waterfront Amphitheater. Then, Fred Sherry leads his Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Theatre, Columbia, in a program of Bach, Berio, Bolcom and Faure. Tickets are $16; $8 for students. Call 381-0545.