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WEDNESDAY 16

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged), a play by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, is being presented by The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte. The show will be performed in Duke Power Theatre at Spirit Square on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7:30, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2pm only. Tickets range from $14-18. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Bob Inman will sign copies of his new novel, Captain Saturday, at 7pm at the Sharon Road Barnes & Noble. For more information, call 704-554-7906.

THURSDAY 17

The Good Doctor by Neil Simon is being presented by Victory Pictures Inc./Matthews Parks & Rec through Sunday. Showtimes are tonight 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 704-455-8542 or visit online at www.victorypictures.net.

The Charlotte Hornets take on Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7pm at the Coliseum. Tickets range from $9-$39. For more information, call 1-800-4NBA-TIX.

Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief will be presented by Chickspeare through January 26 at the Off-Tryon Theatre Company at 8pm. Saturday shows will feature a reading of Othello prior to the play. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 for seniors and students with ID. Also next Wednesday, there will be a free Othello reading with a "Talk Back" session at 7:30pm. For tickets or info visit www.barebones.org or www.chickspeare.org or call at 704-375-2826.

Brian McKnight, a smooth nu-soul crooner, aims to make the ladies swoon at Ovens Auditorium tonight, where he is scheduled to perform at 8pm. Tickets are $39.50 and $36.50, available by calling 704-335-3100.

FRIDAY 18

Kevin Pollak brings his stand-up act to the Comedy Zone tonight and tomorrow night. Pollak has appeared in movies like The Wedding Planner, The Usual Suspects and Grumpier Old Men. Tickets are $20. Showtimes are 8pm and 10:15pm. Call 704-348-HAHA.

Jazz Fit for a King, a night of jazz in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, takes place tonight. Featured in the concert will be a vocalist many consider the "next Diana Krall," Jane Monheit and her trio. Opening will be Charlotte's Toni Tupponce. Performances will be at 8pm and 10pm at the Afro-American Cultural Center. Tickets are $20 in advance. Call 704-287-9840 or parkerell@hotmail.com.

SATURDAY 19

Dorothy Perry Thompson will be honored today. The engaging poet, Winthrop University professor, mentor and activist was the author of several books of poetry, published extensively on African American writers and other subjects, and most recently was editor of Novello Festival Press' Out of the Rough: Women's Poems of Survival and Celebration. Dr. Thompson died at age 57 on January 4. Area poets and writers will gather today at 3pm at Barnes and Noble at the Arboretum. Poets and writers scheduled to read include Judy Corbett, Phebe Davidson, L. Dianna Flournoy, Lucinda Grey, Jeanette Leardi, Susan Ludvigson, Mary E. Martin, Josephine Koster Tarvers and Evelyne Weeks. For more info call 704-341-9365.

The Charlotte Hornets take on Vince Carter, Dell Curry, and the rest of the Toronto Raptors tonight at 7:30pm at the Coliseum. Tickets range from $9-$39. For more information, call 1-800-4NBA-TIX.

The Charlotte Checkers hit the ice against the Florida Everblades tonight at 7:30pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets range from $6-$19. For more information, call 704-522-6500.

Chamber Music at Queens series continues with pianist Mac McClure, at 8:15pm tonight in Dana Auditorium on the Queens College campus. Pre-concert lecture starts at 7:15pm. Tickets are $20. Call 704-377-2213.

The Charlotte Observer Marathon Run for Peace will take place today starting at 8am. The main race will be run from Davidson College to Queens College. The WBTV 10K and Chick-Fil-A 5K races will start at 8:30am and 8:45am respectively, and finish at Queens. For registration or more info, call 704-367-9696 or visit www.runforpeace.com.

SUNDAY 20

The third annual Legacy Basketball Classic will be played at the Charlotte Coliseum today. NC Central University will play NC A&T University at 3:30pm and Winston-Salem State University will play Johnson C. Smith at 5:30pm. Tickets range from $7 for students to $25. For more info, call Ticketmaster, 704-522-8334 or visit www.legacybballclassic.com.

The Charlotte 49ers Women's Basketball team plays East Carolina in Halton Arena at UNC-Charlotte at 2pm. Adult tickets are $5, youth under 17 free. Call 704-687-4949.

A Colored School is a new documentary which will premier at 3pm at the Levine Museum of the New South. The film features Second Ward High School, an historic African-American institution in Charlotte. Call 704-333-1887 for more information.

MONDAY 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is today, honoring the spirit of the great civil (indeed, human) rights leader. Various events are planned around town, some of which are mentioned in this section. This reminds us of a great Chris Rock joke from a few years past (paraphrased here): "I hear there are people protesting against the Martin Luther King holiday! Think about it, people. You got to be one racist #$%&%$^$%@#* to turn down a free paid holiday!"

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and March takes place today, beginning at 10am at Trade and Graham Streets. Grand Marshal is Rev. Casey Kimbrough. Line-up begins at 8:30am. The parade will travel down Trade St./Elizabeth Ave. to the Grady Cole Center. For more info, call 704-786-6659.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration, co-sponsored by Parks & Rec, takes place at Covenant Presbyterian on Morehead St. beginning at 12:30pm. It will include city and county "leaders," musical performances, and keynote speaker Rev. Harold Diggs.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Concert presented by the Charlotte Symphony will be presented at 7pm at Belk Theater in the Performing Arts Center. Featured will be the Oratorio Chamber Singers and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Tickets are $5-20. Call 704-972-2000.

TUESDAY 22

The Music Man, a classic American musical by Meredith Wilson, was successfully revived on Broadway. A traveling production coming to town has engendered controversy because it uses non-union actors (i.e., who aren't members of Actors Equity). Actors Equity is urging a boycott of the show, saying that the actors involved are being paid sub-standard wages and have no benefits, and yet theater-goers are being charged premium prices for tickets. Producers of the show say the actors are first-rate and that folks will get their money's worth. In any case, the show will be in residence at Ovens Auditorium beginning tonight through next Sunday, January 27. Showtimes are Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20-58. Call Ticketmaster, 704-522-6500.

The BBC Orchestra of London comes to town, courtesy of the Carolinas Concert Association, tonight at 8pm in Belk Theater at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $25-70. Call 704-527-6680.

WEDNESDAY 23

The Misanthrope, a classic play by Moliere, is presented in a contemporary version by Charlotte Repertory Theatre, starting tonight at Booth Playhouse at the Performing Arts Center. Preview performances will be tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30pm with post-show "talkback" sessions. The official opening will be Friday, January 25, and the play will run through February 3. Preview night tickets are $19 and tickets range to $26.50. For more info on times and dates, call the PAC Box Office at 704-372-1000 or visit www.charlotterep.org.

The Charlotte Hornets hit the court against the Seattle Supersonics tonight at 7pm at the Coliseum. Tickets range from $9-$39. For more information, call 1-800-4NBA-TIX.

The Charlotte 49ers Men's Basketball team takes on Rick Pitino's mighty Louisville Cardinals at Halton Arena at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $14 to $20. Call 704-687-4949.

The Sterling & Reid Brothers Circus will be at Cricket Arena for performances today and tomorrow at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $6.75 for children 12 & under and $17 for adults. Call 704-335-3100 for info or tickets.n

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