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WEDNESDAY 23

The Misanthrope, a classic play by Moliere, is presented in a contemporary version by Charlotte Repertory Theatre in the Booth Playhouse of the Performing Arts Center. Preview performances will be tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30m 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 regular 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 Louisville Cardinals at Halton Arena at 7:30pm tonight. 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.

The 2002 Gay & Lesbian Film Series, sponsored by OutCharlotte, starts tonight at Carolina Pavilion (AMC 22). The first films in the series are Julie Johnson which will show at 7pm and All Over the Guy at 9pm. Tickets are $7 at the door for each film. For more information, call 704-563-2699 or visit online at www.outcharlotte.org.

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged), a play by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, presented by The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, continues this evening. 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.

THURSDAY 24

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 2:30pm. 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.

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.

Romeo & Juliet by Big Willie Shakespeare will be presented at Theatre Charlotte beginning tonight, and running through February 10. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $15-$20. For more information, call 704-334-9128 or visit online at www.theatrecharlotte.org.

The Music Man, a classic American musical by Meredith Wilson, was successfully revived on Broadway. A traveling production in town has engendered controversy because it uses non-Actors Equity actors. 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 theatergoers 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 continues at Ovens Auditorium tonight through 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.

FRIDAY 25

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World Of Anne Frank will be presented by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte beginning tonight and running through February 2. A special panel discussion on "Ethnic Profiling and Stereotyping: Then and Now" will follow the production on Saturday, January 26 and on Sunday, January 27 a quartet of musicians from the Charlotte Symphony will perform before the 2pm show playing selections written by prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp. Tickets are $9 for center seats and $6 for side seats. Showtimes vary, so call for more information at 704-333-8983 or visit online at www.ctcharlotte.org.

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

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini will be presented by the CPCC Performing Arts Department tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm in Pease Auditorium on the Central Campus of CPCC. Tickets are $10. For more information, call

704-330-6534.

Sleeping Beauty: A New Telling of an Old Tale will be presented by the Davidson Community Players in the Black Box Performance space of the Cunningham Fine Arts Building on the Campus of Davidson College. The show will run this evening at 7:30pm, tomorrow at 10:30am and 2:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $4 for general admission, and $3 for children. For more information, call 704-892-8528.

SATURDAY 26

The Charlotte Checkers play the Augusta Lynx tonight at 7:30pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets range from $6-$19. For more information, call 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte 49ers Men's Basketball team takes on in-state rivals the East Carolina Pirates today at Halton Arena at 3pm today. Tickets range from $14 to $20. Call 704-687-4949.

Cruisin' on 7th takes place from 10am to 5pm today at the Levine Museum of the New South. It's a Carolina Beach Party, celebrating the new exhibit, "The New South's Love Affair with the Car." Starting at noon, Chris "DJ Dr." Beachley will provide the soundtrack with a set of beach music favorites, and shag lessons will be offered. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs will be on hand, as will John Hook, who will share history on Carolina coastal car culture (say that five times fast). Normal museum admission applies. For more information, call 704-333-1887.

The Easyriders Bike Show Tour rolls into the Charlotte Convention Center today, featuring contests, live music from the Kentucky Headhunters, custom bikes, tattoo artists, and more. For more information, call 1-800-962-9857.

The Charlotte Hornets take on Steve Francis and the Houston Rockets tonight at 7:30pm at the Coliseum. Tickets range from $9-$39. For more information, call 1-800-4NBA-TIX. Contemporary Christian artists NewSong will perform after the game.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will give a public Master Class at the Afro-American Cultural Center at 10am today, followed by a lecture/demonstration performance in the AACC's Attic Theatre at 7:30pm. Each event costs $15, with limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.aacc-charlotte.org, or at the AACC Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 3pm. For more information, call 704-374-1565.

MONDAY 28

The Africa Now Film Series continues with Hyenes from Senegal. The film will be shown in the Francis Auditorium of the Main Library at 7pm and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-336-2725.

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet performs the first-ever public performance in Davidson College's new Duke Family Performance Hall this evening at 8pm. Tickets are $14 for and $10 for non-Davidson students. For more information, call 704-894-2135.

TUESDAY 29

Two of the "Three Premieres" in NC Dance Theatre's upcoming season will be previewed at the Afro-American Cultural Center from 5:30-7:30pm. The performance will include parts of Tango by Alonzo King and Verge by Dwight Rhoden. Rhoden and Desmond Richardson will be present to answer questions. Admission for the sneak preview is $10 at the door. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be provided. For more information, call 704-372-0101.

The Brazilian Guitar Quartet, featuring Grammy nominee Paul Galbraith, will perform tonight at 8pm at Barnes Recital Hall at Winthrop University. Admission is $18 for adults and seniors, and $5 for students and those under 18. For more information, call 1-800-866-5200. *

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