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October 18, 2001|By Karin Remesch

'What's on the Hearts of Men'

Get a sobering look at some of men's trials and tribulations and how men choose to react to them when actor and community activist Malik Yoba brings his musical play, What's on the Hearts of Men, to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Beginning Tuesday and running through Oct. 28, the play evaluates issues ranging from domestic violence and children born out of wedlock to deadbeat dads, fatherhood and love. Times vary. Tickets are $20.50-$36. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Russian Festival

Sample kolbassa, borscht and holubky, sip tea served from an authentic Russian samovar, applaud dancers in colorful costumes and browse ethnic arts and crafts displays this weekend at the 28th annual Russian Festival in and around Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. Throughout the three-day event, there'll also be plenty of Russian music, including performances by the Slavic Male Chorus of Washington, the Washington Balalaika Society, and Archiglas, a choir from St. Petersburg that starts its American tour with a 6:30 p.m. concert tomorrow at the church. Festival hours are noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 410-276-6171.

Rod Stewart at Baltimore Arena

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart has entertained audiences with his raspy, soulful voice for more than 35 years, and since scoring his first No. 1 single hit, the enduring "Maggie May," he's sold more than 100 million records worldwide. On Wednesday, in support of his newest album, Human, the man who asks "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" will bring his "Human Tour" to the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.75-$62.75. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Nuthin' but Tha Funk'

On Saturday, comedian Sinbad sails his "Nuthin' but Tha Funk Tour" to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. He'll stalk the stage starting at 8 p.m., telling real-life stories that deal with a myriad of everyday topics -- from dating and drug use to skiing and adolescent angst. And, he'll present it all in a clean-mannered style. Tickets are $35.50-$45.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'ArtBeat on Centre Street'

This weekend, you can march with an Egyptian mummy, sample ethnic cuisine with medieval knights, chat with the goddess Athena and listen to the eclectic sounds of the band G. Love and Special Sauce. You can also meet troubadours and street performers, participate in hands-on arts activities and join ArtMarch, a whimsical parade of marchers in original art-inspired costumes. It's all part of "ArtBeat on Centre Street," a two-day arts festival that celebrates the grand reopening of the Walters Art Museum after a three-year, $24 million renovation project. You're also invited to come off the streets and tour the museum, with its new four-story glass entryway and newly configured and refurbished galleries. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 410-547-9000.

'Symphony With a Twist'

Classical music, shaken not stirred, will be served by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the debut of its new concert series, "Symphony With a Twist," Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby, you can listen to jazz tunes by the Dontae Winslow Quartet while sipping martinis and nibbling on light fare. Be in your seat by 8 p.m. for "Opera Bytes," a BSO tour of some of opera's most exciting moments, featuring Russian conductor Yakov Kreizberg (pictured), soprano Jessica Jones and narrator Dan Rodricks. Tickets are $26-$68. Return to the Meyerhoff at 7:30 p.m. Sunday for a concert featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock, an a cappella ensemble of six women who sing spirituals, hymns, gospel, jazz and blues. Tickets are $22-$42. Call 410-783-8000.

Home, garden and craft show

Catch two events in one at the Fall Maryland Home & Garden Show and the Maryland Holiday Craft Show this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road in Timonium. Browse more than 300 booths to get ideas for building, improving, decorating or remodeling a home. See gardens created by area landscape professionals. Attend how-to-seminars and receive cooking tips from any television chefs the Clever Cleaver Brothers. Also, shop for handcrafted items and gifts by artists and craftspeople from many states. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2-$7. Call 410-863-1180.

'Don Pasquale'

A pair of frustrated lovers, a crafty physician and a lecherous old bachelor are the central characters in Donizetti's masterpiece Don Pasquale. As the story unfolds, disguises, deception and a phony marriage ensue. Can true love win the day? Presented by Opera Vivente, a chamber opera company, Don Pasquale will be sung in English. Curtain time is 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15 and $20. Call 410-547-7997.

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