CPCC's Summer Theatre begins their season with Oklahoma! today at Pease Auditorium on the campus of CPCC. The classic musical (how classic? It's generally recognized as the first truly modern musical) will run through June 15 with showtimes at 8pm, except for June 9 at 2:30pm and June 11 at 7pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-330-6534.
The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte presents David Linsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers tonight through June 16 at Spirit Square. Showtimes are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday June 16 at 2pm only. Tickets range from $14-$18. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues will continue at the Neighborhood Theatre tonight, running through June 9. The performance will star Glynis Bell, Rhonda Ross, and Gina Stewart. Showtimes vary from day to day (Tuesday-Sunday) so it's best to call for times. Tickets are $32-$42. For more information, call 704-358-9298 or visit online at www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
The smooth jazz band Fourplay, featuring Bob James, Larry Carlton, Harvey Mason and Nathan East, will appear tonight at 8pm at the Performing Arts Center. For ticket prices or to order, call 704-372-1000.
Candide, the musical created when the music of Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics of Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim and John Latouche met, will be performed by the Piedmont Players at the Meroney Theatre in Salisbury starting tonight. The show will run June 6-8 and June 12-15 at 7:30pm, and June 9 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $9 on Wednesday nights. For more information, call 704-633-5471 or visit online at www.piedmontplayers.com.
The RAGGS Kids Club Band, a shaggy-dog live touring rock & roll group for children, will play a series of shows over the next few days at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre as part of their "Pawsuuup!" tour. The performances are at 2pm and 7pm today, 11am and 7pm tomorrow, and 11am and 2pm on Saturday. Tickets for the show are $15-$18, available by calling 704-372-1000.
The Wachovia Off the Wall Movie Fest continues tonight at the Wachovia Plaza with Shrek. Seating for the movie starts at 6:30pm and the movie will be shown at dusk. Mimosa Grill, Gabe's Oasis and Carolina Blonde will be on hand with brats and brew. The event is free. For more information, call 704-332-2227.
The Eddie Griffin Tour, featuring comedian and actor Eddie Griffin (the new Undercover Brother) will hit Belk Theater of the Performing Arts Center at 8pm tonight. Tickets are $35-50, available by calling 704-522-6500.
The 8th Annual Smilefest will take place today through Sunday at Van Hoy Farms in Union Grove, NC. Featured are bands including Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Sam Bush, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Vassar Clements, the Steve Kimock Band, and more. For more information on tickets and times, log onto www.smilefest.com.
The Carolina Theatre 75th Anniversary Gala takes place tonight from 6:30 until 10:30pm at Spirit Square. Concord resident Dan Truhitte, who played Rolf in The Sound Of Music, will produce and direct the festivities. The event will features a "20s" ambience, with a cocktail party, dancers, Sound Of Music memorabilia, and more (the movie is said to have played longer at the Carolina Theatre than anywhere else in the world -- but in the 60s, not the 20s). Tickets are $35 per person, available by calling 704-372-1000.
The Latta Plantation Triathlon takes place today beginning at 7am in Latta Plantation Park in Huntersville. Registration ($45 for individuals and $96 for teams) is available online at www.Set-upinc.com. For more information, call 704-537-5776.
The Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops Series opens tonight with the Symphony Park Inaugural Concert Symphony Spectacular. Tonight's show will be at Duke Power Energy Explorium at Lake Norman, tomorrow's show will be at Symphony Park at SouthPark (the new amphitheater that holds about half the number of people that used to show up on the SouthPark "lawn"). Both shows start at 8:15pm. The SouthPark show will feature a prelude at 7pm with the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.org.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Sheriff's Department employee Daniel Bailey will appear at the Barnes and Noble (Arboretum) at 2pm today to sign copies of his new mystery, Justice Betrayed. He will also sign the book at the Little Professor Book Center at 2pm tomorrow. For more information, call 704-341-9481 (Barnes and Noble) or 704-525-9239 (Little Professor).
The Davidson Sunday Concerts on the Green Series continues tonight with a tribute to the musicals of Richard Rodgers from the Davidson Village Orchestra featuring pieces from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and Oklahoma. This evening's performance will also be a salute to community police officers. The show runs from 6-8pm on the town green. The shows are free and open to the public. For more information visit the concert website at www.concertsonthegreen.com.
Experience the art and culture of Asia at Asian Family Day at the Mint Museum of Art from 2-5pm. Marvel at the Chinese Lion Dance and traditional Thai dances. Watch an elegant Japanese tea ceremony and kimono dressing demonstrations. Pick up a brush to do sumi-e painting or create your own origami paper sculptures. Or just sample Asian cuisine. Activities are free after museum admission or $10 for a family of four. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free for children under age six. For more information, call 704-337-2000 or visit the website at www.mintmuseum.org.
The Children's Film Series at Davidson Library begins today with Doctor de Soto and Brave Irene at 10am. The event is free and open to the public, so if you are looking for things to fill the kids' days now that they're out of school -- here's one option. For more information, call 704-892-8557.
The woeful Charlotte Knights, safe for the moment from Bud Selig's contraction mania, take on the Ottawa Lynx today through Thursday at 7:15pm. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.
The musical Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter, based on The Taming of the Shrew by none other than Bill Shakespeare, opens today at the Performing Arts Center. The show will run through June 16 with showtimes Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8:15pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8:15pm, and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$61. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.performingartctr.org.
The Lowe's Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series begins at 7:30pm tonight. Featured are Legends cars, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero racing, and a NASCAR Celebrity Grudge Match. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS.
David Breashears, the director of the critically acclaimed large-format film, Everest, will visit Discovery Place today to promote his newest project, Kilimanjaro: To The Roof of Africa, which opens in the Omnimax Theatre on June 15. Breashears will attend two receptions, lectures and film screenings today at Discovery Place. The first reception begins at 6pm and the second at 8pm. The event is open to the public, but advance reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for general public and $12 for Discovery Place members. For more information, call 1-800-935-0553 or visit online at www.discoveryplace.org.
Always. . .Patsy Cline opens at Theatre Charlotte starting tonight. The newly formed theatrical and entertainment company, The Producers' Group, bring this premiere production to town. The production will run through July 28. Showtimes are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $22 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday shows and $25 for Friday and Saturday shows. For more information, call 704-334-9128 or visit online at www.alwayspatsycline.net. *