Barbara Kopple's "Harlan County," an Academy Award nominee as best feature documentary, will open an exclusive engagement at the Outer Circle 2 on Wednesday, March 23. Kopple will apear at the American Film Institute Theater the previous evening to introduce two special preview showings of her film, a chronicle of a bitter strike in an Eastern Kentucky coalmining community. "Harlan County" was made in part with a grant from the AFI's Independent Filmmaker Program, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The AFI Theater's filmmaking VIP list is completed by Robert Evans, due to appear Sunday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a preview of "Black Sunday," John Frankenheimer's movie version of the recent thriller about a terrorist attempt to massacre the spectators at the Super Bowl. The theatrical engagement of the film, which co- stars Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern and Martha Keller, begins Friday, April 1, at five or six area theaters.

Joan Micklin Silver, the director of "Hester street," has agreed to introduce her new feature, "Between the Lines," a comedy about the staff of a thriving "underground" paper in Boston, at the AFI Theater on Friday, April 15, at 9 p.m. The promising young cast includes John Heard, Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Crouse and Gwen Welles.

A local booking of "Between the Lines" has yet to be announced. However, a short story film which Silver made for the Public Broadcasting Service - "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," and adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story with Shelley Duvall in the lead - is scheduled to be telecast Tuesday, April 5, on Channel 26.

The K-B organization has announced a Wednesday, April 6, opening at the Baronet and Cerberus for "Nasty Habits," a movie version of Muriel Spark's novella "The Abbess of Crewe," a satire transposing the Watergate cover-up story to a convent. The cast includes Glenda Jackson (as the abbess naturally), Sandy Dennis, Anne Jackson, Ann Meara and Rip Torn

K-B has also announced a pair of revival series, "Grand Opera Film Festival," beginning Wednesday, March 9, at the Studio 3, and "Academy Award Winning Films," a program of double bills which will play at both the Baronet West and the West Spring Twins, also beginning March 9. The features in the opera series are "Der Rosenkavalier," "The Life, Loves and Music of Giuseppe Verdi," "Aida," "Tosca," "Iolanta," "Boris Godunov" and "Prince Igor."

The oscar double-bills are "LaStada" with "The Virgin Spring," "Citizen Kane" with "Great Expectations," "Stagecoach" with "Dodsworth" and "The Red Shoes" with "Black Orpheus." Patti Fabrizio is handling group sales for both series and may be contacted at 244-7700