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February 07, 2002|By Karin Remesch

Brockovich opens lecture series

Consumer advocate and Hollywood celebrity Erin Brockovich (pictured) kicks off the "Unique Lives & Experiences Lecture Series" at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. A single mother with little formal education, Brockovich made history in 1996 by helping win a $333 million lawsuit for the residents of Hinkley, Calif., against a giant California utility company. The five-part women's lecture series, which provides a forum for dialogue and interaction, also features Lesley Stahl, co-host of 60 Minutes, March 18; Jehan Sadat, widow of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, April 22; Maya Angelou, poet, playwright and author, May 14; and former first lady Barbara Bush, June 3. Subscriptions to the series are $119-$249; prices for single tickets vary. Call 410-783-8000.

Jim Brickman

New Age songwriter and instrumentalist Jim Brickman will blend adult-contemporary, pop and country music with smooth-jazz tunes in a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The artist has performed with such musicians as Carly Simon, Michael W. Smith and Pam Tillis. He is also host of a weekly radio program, "Your Weekend With Jim Brickman," which features adult-contemporary music, commentary and chats with other artists. Tickets are $28-$48. Call 410-783-8000.

'Filler Up'

If you sit in on Deb Filler's one-woman show about eating, overeating, living and over-living, you'll not only be able to explore the artist's journey of self-discovery, you'll also get to watch her bake bread on stage. And, maybe, you'll even get to taste the New Zealand-born writer / performer's crusty creations. Filler Up opens Wednesday and continues through Feb. 24 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Tickets are $10 and $15; free on opening night, but donations for the artist will be accepted. Call 410-752-8558.

Mandy Patinkin

Tony and Emmy award-winning songman Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by pianist Paul Ford, will perform selections from his recently released album, Kidults, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The program also includes a mix of traditional, classic and contemporary songs. Tickets are $26-$50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'South Pacific'

Romance, a musical score that includes such classic hits as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Younger Than Springtime," and South Sea splendor set against the backdrop of a world at war -- that's South Pacific. Rodgers and Hammerstein's award-winning musical will be staged Tuesday through Feb. 17 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza. Times vary. Tickets are $22.50-$70. Call 410-752-1200.

'Forever Swing'

You'll be jumpin' and jivin' to the sounds of the swing era when the big-band musical revue Forever Swing plays at the Lyric Opera House. Beginning at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, you can follow the fictitious Tommy Vickers Band as it travels through the swing era playing such legendary hits as "Begin the Beguine," "In the Mood" and "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." The Lyric is at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $22-$50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Irish music and poetry

Join the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society for an "Evening of Irish Music and Poetry" at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Dublin writer Nuala O'Faolain, who has twice been on the New York Times best-seller list, will read from her work. Celtic music and Irish step-dancing will top off the evening. Tickets are $24 at the door, $25 by phone order. Call 410-730-1802.

A taste of chocolate

Chocolate lovers, prepare to be tantalized this evening by treats created by area restaurants, caterers and chocolatiers. You can sample sweet indulgences from 6 to 9 at PSINet Stadium's North Club Level Lounge, and help raise money for the Center for Poverty Solutions. Also at "A Chocolate Affair," celebrity judges will select the best dessert creations, and guests can bid on a variety of prizes during a silent auction. Admission is $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call 410-366-0600, Ext. 123.

Morgan State Choir and the BSO

Conductors David Lockington and Nathan Carter will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir in a joint performance of musical selections by composerAdolphus Hailstock at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan State's new Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. The evening's program features "Shout for Joy," "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" and "Done Made My Vow" (narrated by NAACP president Kweisi Mfume). Tickets are $20-$30. Call 410-481-SEAT or 443-885-1522.

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