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January 23, 2003|By Mary Carole McCauley and Helen B. Jones

'Stomp': back at the Lyric

Can you hear the music in everyday sounds, and see elements of dance in ordinary movements? Stomp, which returns to the Lyric Opera House for seven performances starting Tuesday, uses pipes, brooms, lighters and garbage-can lids -- not to mention rhythmically gifted performers -- to create joyful, unpretentious art. Show times at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $30.50-$49.50. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

First up: Lily Tomlin

We wonder if Lily Tomlin has yet found signs of intelligent life in the universe. Remember when she sought them in her one-woman show some years back. Your chance to ask her comes at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the comedian comes to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., as the first speaker in the Smart Talk Women's Lecture Series. Tomlin, who has created such memorable characters as Ernestine the telephone operator and 5-year-old Edith Ann, will discuss modern life, love, childhood and pop culture. Tickets are $34-$59, plus service charges. Series tickets also are available. Future speakers are Coretta Scott King (Feb. 19), Ann Richards (April 21), Marlee Matlin (May 7) and Janet Reno (June 2). Call 410-783-8000.

World of Wheels

The 44th annual World of Wheels car show cruises into the Baltimore Convention Center tomorrow and keeps it in park through Sunday. Custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, hot rods and antique cars will all be on display, and vendors will offer a multitude of products for do-it-yourselfers. Celebrity guests include George Barris (King of the Kustomizers), Vern Troyer (Mini Me from Austin Powers) and the BMX Extreme Team. There also will be tributes to Ford's 100th anniversary and the Chevrolet Corvette's 50th anniversary. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and $11; children 5 and under free. The Convention Center is located at 1 W. Pratt St. Call 410-649-7000 or visit www.autorama.com.

Memorable magical moments

Now you see him, now you don't. The astounding and amazing Denny Haney will deliver a talk on the history of stage magic at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mount Royal Station Building of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street. The well-known local magician will also pull a few tricks out of his hat at the event, a benefit for the American Dime Museum. Tickets are $10. Call 410-230-0263.

Super Bowl 5-K

Who says Super Bowl Sunday is for couch potatoes? Before you exercise your mouth, exercise a few other muscles during the Super Bowl 5-K race at 10 a.m. Sunday. The race begins and ends on the Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk Campus on Sollers Point Road. Participants will receive a windbreaker; proceeds will go to the Baltimore County Police Assistance and Relief Fund. Registration is from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Charm City Run, 2045 York Road, Timonium; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Holabird Sports, 9220 Pulaski Highway; and online at www.active.com. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Call 410-377-8882.

Polar Bear Plunge

It's time for the seventh annual Polar Brrr ... oops, Polar Bear Plunge. This year, newly elected Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Baltimore Ravens defensive star Michael McCrary are expected to be among the roughly 2,000 brave souls taking a nippy dip in the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event benefits Special Olympics of Maryland. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; a minimum of $50 in pledges is required. To pre-register, call 800-541-7544, Ext. 3010, or visit www.somd.org and click on the Winter Water Series logo. The park is located at the western end of the Bay Bridge, Exit 32 off U.S. routes 50 / 301.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

From magical realism to brutal realism, the New York African Film Festival Traveling Series tells compelling stories from Senegal, Rwanda and the Ivory Coast. The films will be shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, near Charles and 31st streets, this weekend. On Saturday, Ndeysaan / The Price of Forgiveness will be shown at 2 p.m., and Bronx Barbes at 4 p.m.; on Sunday, L'Afrance will be shown at 2 p.m. and 100 Days at 4 p.m. Screenings are free with paid museum admission: $5 and $7. Call 410-396-7100 or visit www.artbma.org.

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