ARTHartigan showIn the past two or three years, Grace...

WEEKEND PICKS

April 11, 1992|By John Dorsey

ART

Hartigan show

In the past two or three years, Grace Hartigan has produced paintings that reflect a heightened sense of confidence, and her current show at C. Grimaldis Gallery reflects this. Not only are the individual paintings strong, but collectively they communicate the artist's awareness of using her powers to the fullest. The most completely satisfying of them is her "Another Hunt," which takes us on a little tour of aspects of modern art from Degas to all-over abstraction while remaining thoroughly Hartigan and thoroughly contemporary. The half-dozen watercolors are a disappointment, but otherwise this is a highly satisfying exhibit. It runs through May 2. Call (410) 539-1080. This is a lineup of talent you don't want to miss. Lynn Whitfield, Mario Van Peebles, Jasmine Guy and Vanessa Williams in a made-for-TV movie directed by Debbie Allen. It's called "Stompin' at the Savoy," and it airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on WBAL-TV (Channel 11). The film is set in 1939, and it's about four young working-class women who share an apartment and dreams of a better life. They live out some of those fantasies at the Savoy Ballroom in Manhattan. Choreographer-director Allen also appears in a minor role as a prostitute. Someday, in the not-to-distant future, university media scholars will be writing papers on the auteur of Debbie Allen. The body of her work is already that impressive.

David Zurawik

MOVIES

Musical newsboys

"Newsies" is big, it's colorful, it's a musical. Is it any good? No, but it's a musical. With songs by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and direction and choreography by Kenny Ortega, it chronicles the newsboy strike against Joe Pulitzer in 1899 in New York. But it plays like an all-boy "Annie," without the zip and the cleverness. Still, it is a musical. **. Rated G.

Stephen Hunter Marion Isaac McClinton's "Police Boys" -- receiving its world premiere at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. -- takes place in an inner-city police precinct on a night when a local gang has declared open season on the cops. As directed by the playwright, the result is overwrought and overly busy, but it raises a number of important issues, chief among them the need for a sense of community and the scary realization that this need can be met by either the police or gangs. Performed in repertory as part of the re:Discovery series, "Police Boys" has one performance this weekend -- at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $10- $25. For more information, call (410) 332-0033.

J. wynn Rousuck

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