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WEDNESDAY 10The Threepenny Opera, one of Bertolt Brecht's best-loved and most-performed plays, will be presented by UNC-Charlotte's Department of Dance and Theatre starting tonight at 8pm in the university's Rowe Theatre. The play will continue at 8pm April 11-13 and 17-20 and at 2pm on April 14. Tickets are $10 for the general public. For more information, call 704-687-2599.

The Charlotte Knights, who are looking better all the time as a sports bargain and a potential citywide rallying point, take on the Indianapolis Indians at 7:15. The team will take on the Indians nightly at 7:15pm through Friday. Tickets are $6-9 (compare quickly to prices for Hornets or Panthers tickets) and are available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

The Charlotte Hornets hit the floor against the Atlanta Hawks at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. If anyone still cares, tickets are $9-39, available by calling 800-4NBA-TIX.

Fiddler on the Roof, one of the most beloved musicals of our time, is back on tour with a new production starring Theodore Bikel as Tevye, the humble milkman who struggles to preserve his family traditions in the face of a changing world. The production continues tonight at Ovens Auditorium and will run through April 14. Showtimes are Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday shows at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$58. For more information or to purchase tickets call 704-522-6500.

NC Dance Theatre will present Innovative Works, which is usually their most exciting, creative program of the year. The second half of the production, Program B, opens tonight at 6:30pm and will continue with 8pm performances through Saturday, April 13. A 2pm matinee will also be offered April 13. Each program showcases the works of five choreographers and offers audiences an opportunity to experience a broad range of dance styles and contemporary choreography. Tickets range from $18-$25. For more information, call 704-372-1000.

Cirque Du Soleil's beautiful, surreal presentation Quidam continues its run tonight. This is a show that must be witnessed to be believed. Quidam will be performed at Lowe's Motor Speedway at 8pm. The show continues on a limited run of engagement following a regular performance schedule. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday/Wednesday - 8pm, Thursday/Friday - 5pm and 9pm, Saturday - 4pm and 8pm, Sunday - 1pm and 5pm. For more information, call 1-800-678-5440 or visit online at www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Book of Days, an award-winning play by Lanford Wilson, will be presented by Actor's Theatre of Charlotte tonight through April 14 at Spirit Square. Showtimes are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday April 14 at 2pm only. Tickets range from $14-$18. For more information, call 704-372-1000.

THURSDAY 11A reading of the choreo-drama Vo-Du Macbeth, a landmark work which was directed by Orson Welles and premiered in Harlem in 1936, will be presented tonight at 7:30pm at the Afro-American Cultural Center in the Attic Theatre. The work transports Shakespeare's classic tragedy from the Scottish Highlands to teeming Congo Square of post-Civil War New Orleans. The performance is open to the public with a suggested contribution of $3. For more information, call 704-374-1565.

Miss Firecracker Contest, presented by Off-Tryon Theatre, continues tonight in the Off-Tryon theater at 3143 Cullman Ave. The show is at 8pm, Thursday-Saturday through April 13. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. For more information, call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org.

South Park After 5 begins today and runs every Thursday through May 23, featuring music, food, beer, and more in the courtyard and pool area of South Park Suites Hotel. Admission is $5-10. For more information, call 704-651-1588.

FRIDAY 12The countdown continues. The Charlotte Hornets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 800-4NBA-TIX.

Tommy Davidson, comedian, actor, and Pizza Hut spokesman, will appear at the Comedy Zone tonight (8pm and 10:15pm) and tomorrow (7pm, 9pm, and 11pm). Tickets are $20 for Friday and $22.50 for Saturday, available by calling 704-348-HAHA.

The Charlotte Symphony will perform with Grammy Award-winning Kathy Mattea tonight and tomorrow at 8pm in the Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature some of her hit country singles, as well as ballads from her folk and bluegrass roots. See our preview in this issue. Tickets range from $15-$55. For more information, call 704-972-2000.

Dance Central, CPCC's Dance Program, will present their spring concert, Contemporary Rites, tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm in the Pease Auditorium. The program will present an intriguing view of some of life's important passages -- birth, death and spiritual growth. See our preview in this issue. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 704-330-6534 or visit online at www.dancecentral.org.

9 x 9 @ 9, a popular Theatre Charlotte series, returns tonight and tomorrow at 9pm at Theatre Charlotte. The spring presentation contains adult content and is not appropriate for children. Featured playwrights are Laura Pfizenmayer, Skip Morgan, Sam Post, Ann Marie Oliva, Douglas Andre Welton, Terri Collin, Terry Roueche, and Alexander Speer. All tickets are $9. For more information, call 704-334-9128.

The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week Film Festival continues this month with four new films: Little Otik, The Business of Strangers, 101 Reykjavik, and What Time Is It There? All films will be shown at the Manor at various times and dates, beginning today. Log onto www.charlottefilmsociety for more information, or call 704-414-2355.

The Southern Ideal Home Show runs today through Sunday at the Charlotte Merchandise Mart. The show features home improvement ideas, interiors, vendors, demonstrations, and more. Show hours are Friday from noon until 9pm, Saturday from 10am until 9pm, and Sunday from 10am until 5pm. Admission is $6, and children under 12 get in free with an adult (Friday is Seniors Day -- $5 admission). For more information, call 704-376-6594, extension 109.

The fourth annual Kitchen Ingredients annual kitchen tour and related events continue today, with tours of eight homes throughout Charlotte (the event continues through Sunday). Tickets are $20 per person, to benefit Charlotte's Council for Children. For more information, visit online at www.kitcheningredients.com, or call 704-332-3234.

SATURDAY 13The CPCC Folk Frolic will take place on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College today from noon until 7pm. The event features two music stages, a storytelling stage, and a dance stage, and boasts well-known folk/old time music stars such as Norman Blake, Joe Thompson, and Lightnin' Wells. Admission and parking is free. For more information, call 704-330-6246.

A Taste of Texas is the theme of a fundraiser for the AIDS Council of Gaston County, from 7pm until midnight at the Gem of Ashley in Gastonia. Featured are mechanical bull rides, an art auction, live music, and Texas food and drink options. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, available by calling 704-853-5238.

The Charlotte Knights take on the Louisville RiverBats at 7:15pm (with fireworks following the game) and again tomorrow at 2:15pm. Tickets are $6-9 and are available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

SUNDAY 14Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time," an exuberant piece of 20th century music, will be presented by the Providence United Methodist Church Recital Series at 7pm. Messiaen wrote the Quartet during his incarceration in a Nazi prison camp in 1941. The performance will feature musicians from the Charlotte Symphony. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-366-7442.

The annual Firefighters Fundraiser takes place at Independence Arena, starting at 7:30pm and featuring acts Shenandoah, Juice Newton, and Dan Seals. For more information or tickets, call 704-331-9075.

MONDAY 15The Charlotte Knights hit the field against the Durham Bulls tonight at 7:15pm and again tomorrow for an 11:15am "businessman's special." Tickets are $6-9, and are available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

TUESDAY 16The Next Papacy: Probabilities and Possibilities is the topic of a lecture by two noted Vatican-based American journalists, Robert Blair Kiser and John Allen, at Myers Park Baptist (go figure) Church at 8pm.

WEDNESDAY 17This is it (maybe). The Charlotte Hornets take on the woeful Chicago Bulls tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum, in what may be the last regular season home game ever for the surging squad. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 800-4NBA-TIX.

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