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WEDNESDAY 6
Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, began the Broadway trend of big, splashy, spectacular productions. Les Miz shows more passion than most of the big, noisy shows (for instance, Miss Saigon) and, depending on the production, can be powerful and moving, or just loud and confusing. This touring show should hopefully be in the "powerful and moving" category. It takes place at Ovens Auditorium, through Sunday with performances Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8:15pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8:15pm, and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. For more information, call 704-522-6500.

Wilhemenia Fernandez, the award-winning opera star who reached popular acclaim in the film DIVA, will speak at 7:30pm tonight at the Jane M. Smith Memorial Church on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University as part of the school's Lyceum series. For more information, call 704-378-1022.

UNC-TV (channel 58, cable channel 13) will be broadcasting the Down From The Mountain concert film featuring music from the artists of the Grammy Award-Winning O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. This benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame features artists like Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Cox Family, The Fairfield Four, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the late John Hartford. The concert airs at 9:10pm.

THURSDAY 7
Jeffrey, Off-Tryon Theatre's next production, starts tonight. It's humorous, according to playwright Paul Rudnick, but the hilarity takes place during a leap of faith that seems anything but hilarious. The play is presented at the Off-Tryon Theatre tonight through March 9, and March 14-17 with a showtime of 8pm. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call 704-375-2826.

The BareBones Theatre Group will present their production of the award-winning Closer by British playwright Patrick Marber. The story is a complex tale of love and near-misses, as four people struggle to find the path that's right for them. The play will be held in the Attic Theater of the Afro-American Cultural Center. Tickets are $10 on Thursday and Sunday, and $12 on Friday and Saturday. The play runs tonight through March 9, and March 14-17. Call 704-577-7274 for more information or showtimes, or visit on the web at www.barebones.org.

All My Sons, a compelling play by Arthur Miller, not to be confused with My Three Sons, a bland 60s TV comedy with Fred MacMurray, will be presented at Theatre Charlotte tonight through March 9, March 14-17, and 21-24. Tickets are $15-$20. Showtimes are 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30pm on Sundays. For more information or to purchase tickets call 704-334-9128 or visit online at www.theatrecharlotte.org.

The ACC Men's Basketball Tournament takes place beginning tonight with the UNC invitational, oops, the play-in game, at 7pm tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum. Games continue tomorrow at 12pm, 2pm, 7pm, and 9pm, Saturday at 1:30 and 3:30pm, and Sunday, with a 1pm championship game. Call 704-522-6500 for tickets. Oh, and look for Maryland to take it all. Also, don't expect to be able to get any tickets unless you're prepared to be taken to the cleaners by a scalper.

The Factory Films Film and Video series continues tonight at 6:15pm at the Visulite Theatre with the film Falling Like This, the story of a woman in suburban 80s California who falls for an outlaw. Tickets are $7. For more information, call 704-333-9755.

FRIDAY 8
Children's Theatre of Charlotte puts an exciting new twist on Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure tales with Jungalbook, running tonight through March 17 at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre. Showtimes are: tonight at 7:30pm, March 9 at 3pm, March 10 at 2pm and 4pm, March 15 at 7:30pm, March 16 at 1pm and March 17 at 2pm. General admission seats are $10. For more information, call 704-333-8983 or the Spirit Square box office at 704-372-1000. You can also visit online at www.ctcharlotte.org.

The Charlotte Checkers take on the team with the goofiest name in all of hockeydom, the Greenville Grrrowl, tonight at 7:30pm at Crrricket Arena. Tickets arrre $6-19, available by calling Ticketmasterrrrr at 704-522-6500.

Leon Redbone, ragtime/folk/jazz artist and famed moustache farmer, appears tonight at the Neighborhood Theatre at 8pm. Tickets are $20, available by calling 704-358-9298.

American Dance Art will present Inside Out at the Booth Playhouse tonight and tomorrow at 8:30pm. The performance consists of two Charlotte premieres: Judy Greengrass and Strange Love. All tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets call 704-372-1000.

A special screening of the critically acclaimed film Iris will be presented at the Manor Theater at 6pm. The film, featuring Academy Award nominees Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, and Kate Winslet, is about renowned author Iris Murdoch, who late in life was stricken by Alzheimer's. Tickets are available for a donation (minimum of $10). All proceeds benefit the local branch of the Alzheimer's Association. For more information contact the Western Carolina Chapter at 704-532-7392 or 1-800-888-6671.

The Charlotte Film Society's Spring Second Week Film Festival begins today at the Manor Theatre and Movies@Birkdale. Featured films will be The Devil's Backbone, a sort of Spanish version of The Others (but better, says Roger Ebert ­ but then, he likes everything); Following, the first film by the director of Memento; Va Savoir; and Richard Linklater's amazing, handpainted Waking Life. For times and reviews, visit www.charlottefilmsociety.com.

SATURDAY 9
The Executive Committee of the St. Patrick's Day Emerald Ball invite one and all to a special Emerald Ball to benefit Catholic Social Services tonight from 8pm until 11pm at the Adams Mark Hotel. Entertainment will be provided by the Rince Na h'Eirann Irish Dancers, bagpipers, and the Federals Irish & Blues Band. Admission is $25. Call 704-542-6846 for more information.

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

The Chamber Music at St. Peter's Fifth Annual Benefit Concert is tonight at St Peter's Episcopal Church, at 8pm. The program will feature works by Mozart, Locklair, and Tchaikovsky. All proceeds will go to fund the Noon Concert Series and other free concerts throughout the year. Tickets are $25 for general seating, and $60 for concert/celebration tickets. For more information, call 704-335-0009.

The All Star Bluegrass Celebration will air on UNC-TV (channel 58, cable channel 13) tonight at 8pm. The concert will feature host Ricky Skaggs, and other notable names like Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, and NC's own Earl Scruggs along with many others.

SUNDAY 10
Fiesta Latina 2002 comes to the Grady Cole Center from 12noon-7pm today. The event will feature a live Mariachi band, foods, music and dances of Latin American countries. This year, in celebration of the World Soccer Cup, there will also be live soccer demonstrations, and contests of the best "Barras" from local Latino soccer leagues. Tickets are $5 general admission, children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 704-568-6966.

MONDAY 11
Friends of the Library at Queens College will present a Book and Author Dinner tonight at 7pm and a Book and Author Luncheon tomorrow at 12pm. The following authors will be present: Joe Martin, author of Fire In The Rock, Joan Medlicott, author of The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love, and Doug Marlette, author of The Bridge. Tickets are $35 each. For more information, call 704-337-2494.

TUESDAY 12
Jazzbo Boney James will appear with special guest "Donnie" (Mattingly? Osmond? We give up. . .) tonight at 7:30pm at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets are $29.50 and $35 reserved, available by calling 704-522-6500.

WEDNESDAY 13
She's like a bird, she'll only fly away. . .pixie Nelly Furtado will bring her live show to the Grady Cole Center tonight at 7:30pm. General admission tickets are $25, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte Checkers take on the Greensboro Generals tonight at 7pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-19, available by calling Ticketmaster at 704-522-6500.*

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