MOVIESBut it's funny"White Men Can't Jump" isn't a great...


March 28, 1992|By Stephen Hunter


But it's funny

"White Men Can't Jump" isn't a great movie, and in fact it's sloppy and ragged, but it's great fun as it follows the fortunes of a salt-and-pepper basketball team playing the mean brand of macho intimidation and backdoor moves on L.A.'s scary playground courts. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, good athletes, sell the jock part of the roles well, and their spatting is always profane and frequently funny. Rated R. If all the phrase "folk music" brings to your mind is acoustic guitars and "Tom Dooley," perhaps it's time you discovered Sweet Honey in the Rock. As this a cappella quintet sees it, folk music is the music of a people, and as such, the quintet's performances stretch the length and breadth of the African-American experience, from tribal chants to work songs, and from blues to spirituals. Catch them in concert tomorrow at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are $14, $20 and $26; show time is 3 p.m. Call (410) 783-8088.

J.D. Considine


Renaissance woman

The term is Renaissance man, but if anyone today deserves such a designation it's Eugenia Zukerman. Among the accomplishments of this remarkable woman are that she's one of the best-known flutists of her generation, that she's a best-selling novelist (she's the author of "Deceptive Cadence"), that she's a TV personality (she's a regular on "CBS Sunday Morning") and that she's one of the most perceptive cultural critics around. She'll appear at 8 tonight in Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University campus to talk (her subject is "Musical Imperatives -- the Need to Make Music") and to play music. Tickets are $4 and $6. Call (410) 516-7157.

Stephen Wigler


'Solitary' Keach

The best thing about Rupert Holmes' "Solitary Confinement" is Stacy Keach's star turn as a reclusive tycoon who is detested by most of his employees. Though this mystery-thriller is frequently less thrilling than Washington rush-hour traffic, Keach's performance is worth the trip. And, the show has a humdinger of a twist. (Be sure to hang around for the curtain call.) Currently at Washington's Kennedy Center as part of a pre-Broadway tour, "Solitary Confinement" has performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $26-$36.50. Call (202) 467-6000.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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