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WEEKEND PLAN-IT Old plots debut in 2 new shows EVERYTHING OLD is new again this weekend, as USA puts a new face on an old favorite in "Kojak" and ABC manages to make that most overdone of franchises the medical drama seem fresh in "Grey's Anatomy." It's not worth asking Ving Rhames how exactly his police officer character came to be called Theo Kojak a name that fit the late Telly Savalas to a T. I tried a few months ago and got KOJAK. 9 tonight, USA. GREY'S ANATOMY. 10 p.m.
Sunday, Channel 6. nowhere, with neither Rhames nor his fellow producers willing to offer what might have been an interesting backstory for the character. Continued from Preceding Page 'Jesus Christ Superstar' The rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" returns to the Keswick with recording artist Jeffrey Folmer in the starring role. The star of the hit by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is asking attendees to bring canned, non-perishable food items for collection to feed the hungry. The show first opened in New York in 1971, and earned five Tony nomina tions.
Keswick Theater, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 tonight, 5 p.m., 9 p.m. tomorrow, 215-572-7650. Celebrating 'Black Woman' A special event this evening celebrates the 35th anniversary of the late Toni Cade Bambara's "The Black Woman." Fellow writer and friends including Lorene Cary and Sonia Sanchez will read selections from the anthology that includes pieces from the short-story collection "Gorilla, My Love," and the novels "If Blessing Comes," and "The Salt Eaters." Bambara's work in literature and film had a great influence on women's rights, social activism, black liberation and other issues. "The Black Women" introduced new voices in American literature, critics say, like such talents as Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Abbey Lincoln, and Nikki Giovanni. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut 7 tonight, free, 215-222-4201 or www.scribe.org.
love That Hat'atAtwater The Atwater Kent Museum is tipping its hat to the chapeau with the exhibit "Love That Hat." The 47 "crowning jewels" from the museum's collection plus 149 Quaker headwear pieces reflect Philadelphia hat fashions from more than 200 years. On exhibit: Quaker bonnets made of silk and wire, a stovepipe top hat, flapper's cloche a Jackie Kennedy -style pillbox, and more modern toppers made by Philadelphia's Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, 15 S. 7th Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m., $5, seniors and ages 13-17 $3, under 12 free, 215-685-4830. Ving Rhames puts his own stamp on Telly Savalas' role in "Kojak." But at least I fared better than the uncooperative suspect who raises the issue in tonight's two-hour premiere: He ends up at the wrong end of Kojak's gun in a game of Russian roulette. My memories of Savalas' "Kojak" being far from fresh, I'm OK with Rhames' interpretation of Kojak as a cop whose emotions are never very far from the surface.
Scary with perps, playful with children and a few adults, including fellow players Chazz Palminteri and Roselyn Sanchez and frequently near tears, the jazz-loving, lollipop -sucking lieutenant's the heart and soul of a graphic yet someho retro cop show that probably didn't need to be called "Kojak" to draw an audienc in the first place. There's no point in making comparisons with Savalas' character, but for those who insist, Universal, wanting to have it both ways, this week released "Kojak: Season One" on DVD. Thanks to Fox's "House" and its less-colorful NBC counterpart, "Medical Investigation," the medical drama is undergoing something of a renaissance this sea- son, which could be NBC's excuse for keeping "ER" alive for at least three more seasons. By artificial means, if necessary. But while "House" caters primarily to hypochondria cs and fans of the luscious Hugh Laurie (I'm not saying there's no overlap there), ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," is for anyone who likes to see what good writing can do for a large, multicultur al ensemble full of intriguing characters.
In other words, think "Lost," but in a Seattle hospital. Ellen Pompeo stars as Meredith Grey, an intense first-year surgical intern who's carrying around a big secret. And no, it's not that she had a one -night stand with a guy who turned out to be her new boss (Patrick Dempsey) an plot device that turns out to be less annoying than I first feared. Creator Shonda Rhimes Dorothy Dandridg has surrounded Meredith with some characters even more intense than she, and in one case, even more gorgeous. My favorite, though, is a fire plug of a senior resident known as "The Nazi" (Chandra Wilson), who could easily take "ER's" Carrie Weaver (Laura Innes) in a fair fight.
Ellen Gray 'Bomb the System' A new film that explores the world of graffiti makes its Philadelphia premiere tomorrow. In "Bomb the System," a pair who is harassed by the New York Police Department conspir to tag a train on every one of the city's subway lines. The film is the product of Adam Bhala Lough, a REEL-BLACK PRESENTS feature, and boasts cameo appearances by many New York graffiti artists. Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown 7 p.m., $5, 215-248-9229. Book signing Car la Dianne Ellis, author of "Swimming Boulevard Lanes Lounge, 8011 Roosevelt 9 p.m.-midnight, $10, 215-635-9399.
The hunt is on Reading Terminal Market is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt. More than 500 eggs filled with candy and toys will be hidden throughout Center Court, and tickets for special prizes from market merchants will be inside some of the eggs. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., so bring the earner a. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Filbert streets, 10 a.m., kids 11 and younger should register before 10 a.m., free, 215-922-2317. with the Swans," will sign books tomorrow.
Her book looks at the frailty of marital commitment once it is threatened by abuse control, addictions and more. Horizon Bookstore, Gallery Mall, 9th and Market streets, noon-4 p.m., free, 215-625-7955. Happy feet and smiling faces There'll be dancing in the aisles lanes, that is as Zydeco-A-Go-Go sets up at Boulevard Lanes. The five-piece dance band known for its zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans rhythm and blues and vintage Louisiana rock 'n' roll is guaranteed to rock the house The Easter Parade The annual Easter Sunday Promenade promises to be more exciting this year. Featured: Spring Equinox Pageant and themed performanc es by 30 local artists and puppeteer s.
Mayor Street and other city officials will speak, and the parade will be led by Philly emcee Henri David. After the parade, hear live music, speakers and the awarding of prizes for the best Easter outfits. 5th and South streets to the Plaza at 2nd and South streets, 2-4 p.m., free, 215-413-3713. PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS PAGE 41 FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2005.
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