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WEDNESDAY 12

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. It 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.

The musical Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter, based on The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, continues 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 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.

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 tonight. The show will run June 12-15 at 7:30pm. 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.

CPCC's Summer Theatre continues with their season opener, Oklahoma!, today at the Pease Auditorium on the campus of CPCC. The classic musical will run through June 15 with showtimes at 8pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-330-6534.

The Charlotte Knights take on the Ottawa Lynx today and tomorrow at 7:15pm. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

THURSDAY 13

Folkish/pop-ish singer/songwriter Dar Williams brings her intricately woven music to the Great Aunt Stella Center at 8pm tonight. She's also known for her work in the group Cry Cry Cry. Tickets for the show are $22, available by calling 704-358-9200, at www.etix.com, or at the CD Warehouse on Kings Drive or Pineville/Matthews Rd.

The Center City After Five event at the Wachovia Atrium (downtown) is featuring Liquid Pleasure as its band tonight. No, not beer, though they'll have that on hand too.

The Factory Films series continues tonight with The Best of Double Take Documentary Film Festival 2002. The series will run tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 in McGlohon Theater. Tonight's film is Two Towns of Jasper and tomorrow's is The First Year. Tickets are $7. For more information, call 704-333-9755 or visit online at www.lightfactory.org.

Part two of the Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops Series continues tonight with Symphonic Juke Box. The show runs tonight through Sunday at 8:15pm. Tonight's show is at Stumptown Park in Matthews, June 14 at Frank Liske Park in Concord, June 15 at Gaston County Park in Dallas, and June 16 at Symphony Park at SouthPark " with a prelude starting at 7pm. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.org.

The Sound of Music, the Rodgers & Hammerstein hit musical about children, nuns, Nazis and the musical scale, will be performed by the Davidson Community Players starting tonight. The show will run in the Duke Family Performance Hall on the campus of Davidson College at 8pm June 13-15 and June 20-22. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call

704-894-2135.

The Charlotte Sting takes on the Indiana Fever tonight at 7pm. Tickets are $8-50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

FRIDAY 14

The annual Heroes Convention, one of the biggest comics-related conventions in the US, takes place today through Sunday at the Charlotte Convention Center. Publishers, artists, gaming areas, workshops and more will be featured. Artists include Arthur Adams, Kurt Busiek, Terry Moore, George Perez, Joe Quesada, Brian Stelfreeze, and more. Admission is $10 per day, and $20 for a three-day pass. On Sunday, parents gain half-price admission with a paying child, or one parent gets in free. Go grab a kid off the street and save yourself some money! For more information, call 704-375-7463 or log onto www.heroesonline.com.

The Charlotte Film Society's 2nd Week Film Series opens this month's edition tonight at The Manor Theatre. This month's films are: Donnie Darko, Fat Girl, The Son's Room and Time of Favor. All films will be shown on a rotating schedule. For more information, call 704-414-2355 or visit online at www.charlottefilmsociety.com.

The Charlotte Knights take on the Rochester Red Wings today through Monday. Tonight and tomorrow's start time is 7:15pm (2:15pm on Sunday, and 12:15pm on Monday). Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

Winthrop University's Summer Series opens with Last Train to Nibroc, the story of a growing romance between a young writer and a prim society lady. The play runs June 14-15 and June 21-22 at 8pm and June 15 and 22 at 2pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 803-323-2651.

SATURDAY 15Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, the latest IMAX feature from the creator of the award-winning Everest, opens today in the Omnimax Theater at Discovery Place. For times, prices and other info, call 372-6261 or visit online at www.discoveryplace.org.

Super-popular honkers Brooks & Dunn will appear tonight at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre -- along with special guests Dwight Yoakum, Gary Allan, Trick Pony and Chris Cagle -- at 3pm. Tickets for the event are $19.50 and $44.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Camden Square Village Artist Market will take place from 9am-1pm today today in the Nebel and Thompkins Alleys in Camden Square Village, located at the corner of Camden Road and Worthington Avenue. Featured are painters, sculpture, photography, glass, and more. For more information, call 704-393-0684.

The 5th Annual Carolina Cup Soccer Tournament, a smaller version of our national pastime (if you're under 12) takes place today and tomorrow at Mallard Creek Park, as the 11th event in the 2002 Soccer Six Tournament Series. For more info, log onto www.adultsoccer.com, or call 843-689-3440.

Thomas Avenue presents a Juneteenth Celebration today and tomorrow from 10am-9pm, with the focus this year being the bond between children and their fathers. Included is a parade, craftsmen, African-American dishes, vendors, and more. For more information, call 704-374-1565.

SUNDAY 16

Throaty songstress Melissa Etheridge brings her Springsteen-inspired rock to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at 7:30pm tonight. Children 12 and under get in free for the show. Understandable, as tickets for the event are $31.50 and a hefty $79. For more information or to order tickets, call 704-522-6500.

The Conciero Con Martin Valverde will be presented at Cricket Arena today at 3pm. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 704-522-6500.

MONDAY 17

Ben Folds, the piano man who released one of the best true pop CDs of last year with Rockin' The Suburbs, will appear tonight at 8pm at Tremont Music Hall at 8pm. Tickets for the 16-and-up general admission show are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information or to order, call 704-522-6500.

TUESDAY 18

The Lowe's Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series continues today 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.

WEDNESDAY 19

The Charlotte Sting takes on the Washington Mystics and superstar Chamique Holdsclaw tonight at 7pm. Tickets are $8-50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

CPCC Summer Theatre's second production, Jekyll and Hyde, opens tonight at Pease Auditorium. The story is an evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic. The show runs at 8pm June 19-22 and 26-29, at 7pm on June 25, and at 2:30pm on June 23. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-330-6534.

Tonight is the second anniversary of the monthly Word & Poetry Festival, WordPhoria held at the Visulite Theatre. Catch "spoken word" energy from the streets by wordsmiths, authors, coffee shop poets, storytellers, theater performers, and internationally published poets. Doors open at 7pm, guests must be 18 years of age or older. Cover is $5. For more information, call 704-566-6566 or visit online at www.wordphoria.com. *

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