A turn for the bestMOVIES"Strictly Ballroom," at the...

WEEKENDS PICKS

February 27, 1993|By Stephen Hunter

A turn for the best

MOVIES

"Strictly Ballroom," at the Senator Theatre, is strictly wonderful. In the tight world of competitive ballroom dancing, a major explosion is detonated when one of the dancers seeks to go his own way instead of following the ham-handed guidance of his mentors. The movie treats this as though it's a war for power in the upper reaches of the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the young dancer Scott (Paul Mercurio) is falling in love with an outsider, Fran (Tara Morice), in the most romantic way fashionable. This Australian movie is sheer delight. PG. *** 1/2 . Nearly two decades after its world premiere in Baltimore, the musical "The Wiz" is at the Lyric Opera House in an uplifting revival that features two of its original stars, Stephanie Mills as Dorothy and Baltimore native Andre De Shields reprising his flamboyant title role. With its slick cast, catchy score, affirmative theme and simple but majestic staging, this hip African-American retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic continues to charm. Shows are today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19.50-$29.50. Call (410) 889-3911.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

Evening of Chopin

MUSIC

Except for the Russians and the Poles, few people play the music of Chopin with more enthusiasm than the Hungarians. Hungarian-born pianist Agi Rado will play an all-Chopin program tonight that consists of the B Minor Sonata, the Barcarolle, the A-flat Ballade and several other works at the Manor House of Glenelg Country School, 12797 Folly Quarter Road. Tickets are $12. Call (410) 531-2229.

Stephen Wigler

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