'Dances' to small screen
"Dances With Wolves," winner of the Academy Award for best film of the year, was playing only last week at local movie houses and now here it is on videocassette. The film, meant to play on the large screen, looks best there, but the cassette version is the next best thing. Kevin Costner plays a soldier and frontiersman, a loner who asks to man a remote Army outpost where he befriends a local tribe of Indians. The film, epic in scope, is fuzzy here and there but for the most part is as big as its ambition. Costner also directed the film. Violence, sex, nudity. Rating. R.
Using traditional techniques, craftsmen have built a room-sized adobe structure as part of the Walters Art Gallery's show of religious folk art from the American Southwest. The exhibition displays various religious images created in New Mexico and southern Colorado by Hispanic artists in the 19th century. These devotional paintings and sculptures, reminiscent of early Christian icons, were used in churches, homes and ceremonial enactments. Most depict events during Christ's passion and crucifixion. "Images of Penance, Images of Mercy" runs through Oct. 20 at the gallery, 600 N. Charles St. For more information call 547-9000.
Let's stop all this "old man" stuff. The age of 39 is not that old (unless you're talking Jack Benny). It is just that in the context of pro tennis, 39-year-old Jimmy Connor's advancement to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, having beaten a host of younger players, seems a feat of extraordinary maturity. The tourney concludes this weekend on CBS (Channel 11), with women's final and men's semifinal action beginning at 11 a.m. today, and women's doubles and men's finals at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Pat Summerall and Tony Trabert are the commentators.
Steve McKerrow A lively, upbeat version of the spirited soft-rock musical "Godspell" is currently on stage at the White Marsh Dinner Theatre. Directed with comic, innovative flair by Lewis Lebrun, the Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Trebelak '70s Off-Broadway hit is a joyful and moving retelling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Fifteen songs highlight the life of Jesus Christ. Most memorable is "Day by Day." Excellent performances by a solid cast headed by Edward J. Peters, Chuck Graham and Eileen Keenan. 8204 Belair Road. Dinner 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m. Tickets: $26. Call 882-0060.
Color him white
"True Identity" began as a skit written for Eddie Murphy when he was doing "Saturday Night Live." In expanded form, the material plays very well, thanks largely to Lenny Henry, the English comedy actor. Henry plays a black man -- an actor -- who runs for his life when hit men pursue him. On the run, the actor asks a friend, a makeup man, to help him. And the makeup man proceeds to turn the black man into a white man. Some of the gags are predictable, but they play very nicely. Language, violence. Rating: R. **