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WEDNESDAY 14

The Charlotte Checkers take on the Pee Dee Pride tonight at 7pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-19, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Southern Christmas Show continues today (and runs through November 18) at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. Featured are loads of vendors, arts, crafts, holiday foods, and more. Show hours are weekdays and Saturdays from 10am to 9:30pm, and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 in advance, with two-day passes available. For more information, call 704-376-6594 or visit www.southernchristmasshow.com.

Guys & Dolls, starring Maurice Hines, continues at Belk Theater tonight and runs through November 18. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday evening shows at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $18-$58. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.performingartsctr.org.

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.

Author Mary Kratt will read and sign copies of her new book New South Women: Twentieth-Century Women of Charlotte, North Carolina at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. from 7:30-9:30pm. For more information, call 704-333-1887 or visit online at www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Chickspeare presents a reading of Claire Chafee's Why We Have A Body today and tomorrow at 7:30pm at Garbo's, 403 W. Summit Ave. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, call 704-370-0201 or visit online at www.chickspeare.org or www.garboscharlotte.org.

THURSDAY 15

Gloria Naylor, author of the novel The Women of Brewster Place, will speak tonight at 7:30pm at Johnson C. Smith University's Biddle Auditorium. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Naylor will also be the keynote speaker for the North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference tomorrow night at 8pm at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Admission is $10. For more information on Naylor or the NCWN Conference, visit www.ncwriters.org or call (919) 967-9540.

Off-Tryon's new production Baltimore Waltz continues tonight at the Off-Tryon theatre. The show will run Thursday-Saturday through November 17, and all shows are at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org.

FRIDAY 16

The renowned Netherlands Kamerkoor (Chamber Choir) will appear in concert at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1931 Selwyn Ave, tonight starting at 8pm. A donation of $20 is suggested. Seating is limited for this event so make reservations by calling 704-334-7232 ext. 29.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by CPCC Theatre tonight and tomorrow at 8pm in Pease Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each. For more information contact the box office at 704-330-6534.

The mega-popular Southern jam band Widespread Panic will perform tonight and tomorrow at 7pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $25 general admission, available by calling 704-522-6500.

SATURDAY 17

The Charlotte Hornets take on hothead Rasheed Wallace and the Portland Trailblazers tonight at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Chamber Music at St.Peter's series continues with a performance by Round Midnight, and the Oratorio Singers of the Charlotte Symphony, tonight at 8pm at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St. Tickets are $10 each. For more information, call 704-335-0009.

SUNDAY 18

Charlotte Civic Orchestra will present A Concert for the "Young" this afternoon at 3pm at the First United Methodist Church. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $17 for families with up to 2 adults and children. For more information, call 704-344-0098 or visit online at www.charlottereporchestra.org.

The woeful Carolina Panthers, hopefully bolstered by new addition Jim Harbaugh, take on the San Francisco 49ers today at 1pm at Ericsson Stadium. Tickets are $39 and $46, available by calling 704-358-7000 or 704-522-6500.

MONDAY 19

The Shenandoah Shakespeare Express will perform The Comedy of Errors at 7:30pm in Biddle Auditorium on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. The performance is part of the University's Lyceum Series. Admission is free and the show is open to the public. For more information, call 704-378-1022.

WEDNESDAY 21

The team with the highest average "per player" weight in the NBA, the Charlotte Hornets, take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte Checkers take on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (ah, minor-league sports team names -- ya gotta love 'em) at 7pm tonight at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-19, available by calling 704-522-6500.

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