Tonight in the park with Paul Simon


August 15, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

RHYMIN' ALL NIGHT -- Whew! For many viewers it can be a whole evening of Paul Simon's lyrical, sensitive music tonight. The durable pop singer is scheduled to perform live in concert from New York's Central Park, beginning at 7 p.m. on the HBO premium cable service (and preceded by a half-hour special preview at 6:30). What is especially cute is that the free performance is billed as a kind of memorial observance of Simon's memorable reunion with partner Art Garfunkel 10 years ago in the Manhattan park. And highlights of that 90-minute concert are also airing tonight and can be seen by all viewers, at 11:05 on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67). It's a regular feature of MPT's begging for bucks pledge drives.

SPECIAL ATHLETES -- It is a thin and uncomfortable line between genuine appreciation and vaguely mawkish pity. But the performance of young athletes who compete with special challenges helps transcend the suspicion that a bunch of celebrities want to promote their careers by appearing on the "International Special Olympics Gala" at 8 tonight on ABC (Channel 13). The show salutes the recently completed eighth International Special Olympics in Minnesota. Among the big names are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wayne Gretsky, Melanie Griffith, Kirstie Alley, Warren Beatty, Richard Dean Anderson, Don Johnson and Susan Saint James.

DID YOU EVER WONDER . . .? -- WMAR-Channel 2 feature reporter Andy Barth poses that kind of question in "How Do They Do That?" a local half-hour special at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Among other things, we learn how the fuzz gets on tennis balls.

FROM BAD TO WORST -- The Fox network is unveiling a new series with the unusual premise of finding the worst examples of everything, from bad jobs to musical performances. "Best of the Worst" debuts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 45. Among its initial dishonors are little-known and even less-appreciated recorded singing performances by "Star Trek's" William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Any list of 10 best American films should include "12 Angry Men," the 1957 jury room classic with Henry Fonda as a man who is not convinced of the guilt of an accused murderer. The film can be seen at 11 p.m. Friday on MPT (channels 22 and 67). Also notable on the small screen: a 3 p.m. Saturday airing on Channel 2 of "Aunt Mary," the 1979 TV-movie with Jean Stapleton as real-life Baltimore baseball maven Mary Dobkin; and a noon Sunday screening on Channel 54 of "The Great Escape," the 1963 adventure story starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- The Orioles are in action from Milwaukee, at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Channel 2.

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