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WEDNESDAY 31

Today is Halloween. You may have noticed the pumpkins. Give some candy to the kiddies and allow your subconscious, freaky desires to come to the fore in the guise of a "costume." Oh, and have fun, too.

The Charlotte Hornets kick off what could be their last season in the Queen City tonight at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 704-522-6500. Incidentally, this would have been the first game with Michael Jordan in a Hornets uniform had George "Lemonhead" Shinn decided to offer Mike a controlling interest in the team a couple of years back.

Discovery Place, now a Charlotte institution, opened for business 20 years ago on this day. As part of the celebration, the Museum will be taking a look back two decades, including a screening of that year's highest-grossing film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, computer technology over the years, and a LaseRetro music and light show. For more information, contact 704-372-6261.

UNC-Charlotte's Department of Dance & Theatre will present Eugene O'Neill's drama Beyond the Horizon starting tonight at 8pm in the University's Rowe Studio Theatre. The show will run through November 4 with showtimes Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission. For more information, call 704-687-2599.

The BareBones Theatre Group celebrates Halloween with Henry James' Turn of the Screw with a special show featuring a costume contest, music, food and drinks. The show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $13, including two drink tickets. The show will also run November 1-3 at 8pm and November 8-10 at 8pm, and November 11 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for Thursday and Sunday shows, $12 for Friday and Saturday shows, and $8 for students and seniors to all shows. For more information, call 704-577-7274 or visit online at www.barebones.org.

The Mint Museum's The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame continues through December 30. This extraordinary exhibit, which CL critic Scott Lucas called "inarguably world class," has been garnering national acclaim, and deservedly so. Using artifacts from pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America, The Sport of Life tells the story of the world's first organized team sport, played and perfected by the Mayans and symbolizing entry into the Underworld (that's the afterlife, not the Mafia, but you knew that). Often the losers of the game were sacrificed to Mayan deities, undoubtedly creating a sense of urgency to the games we can scarcely imagine ­ especially when we're used to watching the less-than-urgent Panthers offense. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $6/adults; $4/seniors & students; free/children under 12 & Mint members; free for everyone on Tuesdays, 5-10pm. For more information, call the Mint Info Line 704-333-MINT

THURSDAY 1

The North American Karting Championship takes place today through Sunday at the frontstretch oval of Lowe's Motor Speedway. Events include the Briggs & Stratton 300, the 3 Hours of Charlotte, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults. For more information and times, call 704-455-1606 or visit www.worldkarting.com.

Theatre Charlotte's new production You Can't Take It With You continues tonight and runs through November 11 with showtimes Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $15-$20. For more information, call 704-334-9128.

Gerhardt Zimmerman & The North Carolina Symphony will perform tonight at 8pm in Wingate University's George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center. Tickets to the performance are $15. For more information, call 704-233-8300.

The Davidson College Theatre Department will present The Robber Bridegroom, adopted from the folklore-heavy novella by Eudora Welty, tonight at 8pm in Hodson Hall. The show will run through November 3. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. For more information, call 704-892-8528.

Victory Pictures presents their second performance of the season, Talking With, starting tonight and running through November 17. All performances are held at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. Showtimes are Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, call 704-321-PARK or visit online at www.victorypictures.net.

FRIDAY 2

The Louisville, er, Norfolk, er, St. Louis, er, Charlotte Hornets take on the New York Knicks tonight at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte Checkers take on the South Carolina Stingrays tonight at 7:30pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-19, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte Symphony Pops will perform with guest Michael Feinstein tonight and tomorrow in the Belk Theater of the Performing Arts Center at 8pm. Tickets range from $15-$55. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.org.

SATURDAY 3

The independent movie premiere of The Humans happens tonight at Tonic Lounge, 1427 East 4th St. Doors open at 8:30pm, and the picture starts at 10:15pm. The event will also feature appearances by DJ Fresh Pants and Sushi Chef Gen, and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society. There will be a $5 cover charge. For more information, call 704-347-2582.

The Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls close out their regular football season at home against NC Central University at 1:30pm today at their new on-campus stadium. Call 704-378-1118 for more information.

The Charlotte Symphony Lollipop concert series will open with The Orchestra Games today at 11am, with a pre-concert festival including a "Musical Instrument Petting Zoo" starting at 10am. The performance will be held in the Belk Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $6-$16. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.org.

SUNDAY 4

Robert Morgan, a NC author whose novels often showcase past decades' Appalachian life, and whose novel Gap Creek was an Oprah Book Club selection, will be at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. at 2pm to read from and sign copies of his new book This Rock. For more information, call 704-341-9481.

The Third Annual Jewish Community Cultural Arts Festival, which runs through November 18, presents its Israel Family Fun Day at Camp Mindy. The event runs from 12noon until 3pm, and is described as a "virtual tour" of Israel, featuring food, music, hands-on activities and more. For directions or more information, call 704-944-6710.

Jazz and classical trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, one of the more influential musicians of our day, will perform tonight at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center. See our story on Marsalis in this issue. Tickets are $22-$45 ­ for more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online www.performingartsctr.org.

The premiere performance of Song of Xochipilli will be performed by the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble at 3pm at the Mint Museum of Art. For more information, call 704-337-2031.

MONDAY 5

Orpheus, well-known for performing without a conductor, will celebrate its 30th concert season by performing with the Los Angeles Guitar Quintet tonight in the Belk Theater of the Performing Arts Center at 8pm. For more information or ticket prices call 704-527-6680.

TUESDAY 6

The internationally acclaimed Hong Kong Ballet will perform The Last Emperor tonight at 8pm in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the performance range from $18-$50. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.performingartsctr.org.

The Tuesday Noon Concert Series at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. continues today beginning at 12:10pm. The program will feature Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano by Brahms. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 704-332-7746.

WEDNESDAY 7

Dinner With Friends will be presented by Charlotte Repertory Theatre tonight through November 18 in the Booth Playhouse at the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday, November 10 at 2 and 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 17 at 2pm only. Tickets range from $19-$26.50. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.charlotterep.org.

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