Brothers in jazz
Don't feel bad if the first name you think of when someone says "jazz brothers" is Marsalis. But don't let that keep you from catching the Harper Brothers when they perform for the Left Bank Jazz Society tomorrow. Not only are trumpeter Philip and drummer Winard Harper two of the strongest players in jazz's new traditionalist movement, but the duo and their sextet will be previewing selections from the Harpers' excellent new album, "You Can Hide Inside the Music." Tomorrow's performance at the Tawes Center Ballroom at Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave., begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (410) 945-2266. Say what you will about Valerie Bertinelli, she does have a strong following. Bertinelli has not been in a TV movie in the past three years that hasn't been a ratings hit. She's back tomorrow night (at 9 on WMAR, Channel 2) in "What She Doesn't Know." This time Bertinelli plays an assistant district attorney who investigates police corruption. The bad news for viewers who can take only so much coincidence is that one of the officers she winds up investigating is her father. The good news is that her father is played by George Dzundza.
David Zurawik "Bye Bye Birdie" is a teeny-bopping hop down memory lane. The revival at the Lyric Opera House is on the road because headliner Tommy Tune wanted to tour in it, and Tune is the best reason to see it. Decked out in a sunshine yellow suit and performing "Put On a Happy Face," he's the singing and dancing embodiment of a smile button. Tune plays Albert Peterson, manager of Conrad Birdie, a teen idol who's just been drafted. As Albert's long-suffering girlfriend, Lenora Nemetz is TC competent dancing partner, but her singing sounds strained. However, as Albert's smothering mother, Marilyn Cooper is a marvelously comic pain in the neck. Performance times are today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. For more information call (410) 625-1400.
J. Wynn Rousuck "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" only barely gets the best-bet nod, because the other new movies are so very, very weak. "Stop!" is only very weak.
Sylvester Stallone stars as an L.A. detective whose life, both professional and private, is upset when Mom (Estelle Getty) comes for a visit. She thinks she's Dirty Harry. It's primitive but has a few laughs and -- very important for a movie these days -- it's always in focus. **. PG-13.