THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE SON: Tickets are still available to see Baltimore native Charles "Roc" Dutton perform tonight at his alma mater -- Towson State University.
The current star of Fox Broadcasting's "Roc," Dutton's performance is being staged at TSU's Fine Arts Center's Mainstage Theatre and is called "Classic Entertainment: An Evening of Shakespeare with Charles S. Dutton."
Entertainment Tonight, CNN and Black Entertainment TV have expressed interest in covering Dutton's performance, which is a fund-raiser to establish an endowment for minority theater students. For tickets, call 830-ARTS.
PEOPLE ARE TALKING in the Big Crab's artsy community about the coming exhibit and sale at the Baltimore School for the Arts of works by the late Baltimore artist Glenn Walker.
A former Tyson Street resident who some say was a dead ringer for John Barrymore, Walker was a contemporary of Herman Maril and Keith Martin. The exhibit is being staged as a benefit for the Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers and the Lila Childress Amsel Children's Foundation.
A kickoff, preview party at the School for the Arts will be held Nov. 21. Tickets are $25. Call 669-1010.
OPERA LOVERS ARE talking about the Baltimore debut of diva Renee Fleming, who'll be performing in a concert next Sunday at the Beth El Congregation.
The Metropolitan Opera soprano and winner of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Artist's Award will perform as a tribute to the late great tenor, Richard Tucker, who was a friend of Beth El cantor Saul Hammerman.
Fleming has appeared frequently with Luciano Pavarotti on the PBS television series, "Live from Lincoln Center." Call 484-0411.
SINGLE PEOPLE ARE talking about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's first-ever singles extravaganza planned for Friday night. Called "Mystic Carnival & Dance," the event will draw singles from the Baltimore metro area to the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel for cocktails, dancing, casino attractions and palm reading by fortune tellers. Co-chairs Don Mellinger and Gail Heagerty have even cooked up games to "break the ice" for those who may find it difficult to meet others. Tickets are $25 in advance. Call 771-9000.
MONKEY BUSINESS: Don't forget to mark your calendars for Nov. 26-30 when the Slapstix Comedy Club will, present its second annual Home for the Holidays Show featuring hometown comedy favorites like Bob Somerby and Jeff Marder. Should be fun. . . . Actor Laurence Luckinbill, winner of the New York Critics Circle Award, will star as defense lawyer Clarence Darrow in his new one-man production Nov. 23 at the University of Maryland at Baltimore's M.S.T.F. Auditorium. Luckinbill is also the star of "Star Trek V" and happens to be married to Lucie Arnaz. Call 328-8035 for tickets.
QUICK STUFF: After 25 years in public relations and advertising, Hirsh Goldberg has opened his own agency, appropriately called M. Hirsh Goldberg & Associates. One of Hirsh's projects -- the first annual Baltimore-Washington Jewish Food & Life Expo -- takes place today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pikesville Armory. Hirsh tells us Alvin and the Chipmunks will be among the guest performers. . . . The Maryland State Lottery walked away from the 1991 "Batchy" awards recently with three golds and one silver for two of its television commercials produced by Trahan, Burden & Charles Inc. The emcee at the awards banquet in D.C. was none other than "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host
AROUND TOWN: You're invited to join celeb barkeepers who'll tending bar tomorrow night for Santa Claus Anonymous from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Hunt Valley Inn. It's all for the kids (and the "kid" in us) so drop by for the cause.
EYE OPENERS: The Myrtle Tyler Faithful Fund, Alpha Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is holding its 90th birthday gala with an evening of performing arts in honor of founder Faithful, who will be on hand to oversee festivities tonight at Martin's West.
After dinner, guests will be entertained by local Zeta talent, which includes Mary Carter Smith, a griot and storyteller; Alma Macer, soprano; and Audrey McCallum, pianist and organist.
JAZZ FANS WON'T want to miss an evening with jazz great Maynard Ferguson Friday night at the Glenelg High School in Howard County. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 313-5533 for tickets.