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WEDNESDAY 30

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into town today. Expect all the usual clowns, wild animals and trapeze artists. Shows at the Charlotte Coliseum will be at 7:30pm today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Friday at 10:30am; and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am and 3:30am. Tickets range from $11-$43. Call Ticketmaster 704-522-6500.

The Gilded Age: Treasures From the Smithsonian American Art Museum is a great new exhibit at the Mint Museum, showcasing American art from the three decades preceding World War I. America at that time was coming into its own as a world power while also acquiring more cultural sophistication, including a spurt of creativity in the visual arts. Artists represented in this collection of 60 masterpieces include Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Albert Pinkham Ryder and others. The show will run through April 21. Call 704-337-2000 for more details.

The Misanthrope by Moliere is presented in a contemporary version by Charlotte Repertory Theatre in Booth Playhouse of the Performing Arts Center. The play will run through Sunday. 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 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 Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sunday, February 3 at 2pm. Tickets range from $14-18. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

For the Love of Broadway, a collection of 22 musical numbers from 16 different Broadway musicals, will be presented in the Studio Theatre of Johnson Hall on the campus of Winthrop University. Numbers will include selections from Rent, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, Evita, Gypsy, and Kiss Me Kate. Performances run Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, with a special matinee performance on Saturday at 2pm. Tickets are $7 for general admission. For more information, call 803-323-2287.

THURSDAY 31

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss will be presented by Opera Carolina in Belk Theater of the Performing Arts Center tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm, and February 3 at 2pm. The opera will be sung in German with English supertitles. Tickets range from $10-$68. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.operacarolina.org.

Josephine Humphreys, a superb novelist from Charleston, SC, will read from her work, which includes the novels Dreams of Sleep, Rich in Love, and Nowhere Else on Earth, tonight at 7:30pm in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room on the campus of Davidson College. For more information, call 704-894-2441.

Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare will be presented at Theatre Charlotte 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.

FRIDAY 1

David Copperfield, famed illusionist and model hound, will perform tonight at 8pm at Ovens Auditorium, wherein he will make stuff disappear and dance around a good bit with (surprise) models as part of his new magic tour, Portal. Copperfield will also perform shows at 1pm, 4pm, and 8pm tomorrow. Tickets are $22.50, $32.50, and $42.50, with a $5 discount for kiddies under 12 and seniors. Call 704-522-6500 for tickets.

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

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering The World Of Anne Frank will be presented by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte today and tomorrow. 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.

SATURDAY 2

The Human Body, a new groundbreaking film, premiers at Discovery Place in the Omnimax Theatre. The film presents a slice of life -- a look at the daily biological processes that go on without our control and often without our notice. Admission to the Omnimax Theatre is $7.50 for ages 13-59, $6.50 for ages 60+, $6 for ages 6-12, $5 for ages 3-5, and free for children under the age of 3. For more information or showtimes call 704-372-6261 or visit on the web at www.discoveryplace.org.

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

SUNDAY 3

Superbowl Sunday is today. To celebrate this near-mandatory, yet unofficial, American holiday, people all over the country (including little old Charlotte) will gather together with friends to eat and drink themselves silly, chat, and hope for a decent game between the St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots. Some will party in homes, others in sports bars, others wherever they can find a TV. About half of them will remember the score the next day, but a great time will be had by all. The game will be broadcast by the Fox network (Channel 18, or cable 11 in Charlotte).

TUESDAY 5

The St. Petersburg String Quartet will perform at Winthrop University's Frances May Barnes Recital Hall today at 8pm. Tickets to the performance are $18 for adults and seniors, and $5 for students under 18. For more information, call 803-328-2787.

Weezer, geek rockers though they may be, are masters of great pop hooks and their last album was one of the best of last year. They invade Cricket Arena tonight at 7:30pm, along with critically acclaimed openers Saves The Day and Ozma. Tickets are $27.50 general admission, available by calling 704-522-6500.

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

The Tuesday Noon Concert Series continues at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with a string quartet by Mozart, this afternoon at 12:15pm. Admission to the show is free and there is an optional bag lunch available for six bucks in the Parish Hall. For more information, call 704-332-7746.

WEDNESDAY 6

Quiz Show, a story based on the 1950s' quiz show scandals, will be presented by Children's Theatre of Charlotte beginning tonight. Performance times are Wednesday-Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 9pm and Sunday at 2pm. All tickets are $6. For more information, call 704-333-8983.

The Charlotte Checkers play their longtime rivals, the Greensboro Generals, tonight at 7pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets range from $6-$19. For more information, call 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte 49ers Men's Basketball team takes on the mighty, mighty (as in serious Final Four contenders) Cincinnati Bearcats tonight at Halton Arena at 9:30pm. Tickets range from $14 to $20. Call 704-687-4949.

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