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The Evening Muse WordPhoria. Spoken Word Poetry & Semi-Open-Mic. Wed., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. $5. 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

Jackson's Java Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Thu., Sept. 9, 8 p.m. 8544 University City Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Mama's Caribbean Grill Uptown Saturday Nite. Featuring singers, rappers, and poets. Sign up for the Open Mic Showcase. Details: www.freewebs.com/motifentertainment. Every second and last Saturday of the month at 10pm-until. $7 cover. 1504 Central Ave. 704-375-8414.

Theater: Openings

A.D. The story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Performed live outdoors. www.narroway.net. Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $13-15. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.

Cabaret A visual metaphor for the depraved and dangerous place of Berlin as the Nazis are beginning to come to power. Sept.9-26, Thurs., Fri., Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. $17-$22. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-334-9128.

The Faculty Room A drama depicting a school where violence is the norm, weapons are commonplace and teachers are lost burned out souls. Sept. 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 at 8pm. $12-$15. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 705-455-8542.

Fishes & Loaves: the Stories Jesus Told The story of Jesus comes to life in this interactive event. Reservations required. www.narroway.net. Sept. 10, 8 p.m.; Sept. 11, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24, 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 8 p.m. $19.95, dinner show. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.

Grease! A nostalgic trip back to the 50's with the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys at Rydell High. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Sept. 10-11, Sept. 15-18, 8pm; Sept 12 & 19, 2pm; Sept. 14, 7:30pm. $15. Theatre Matthews, 100 McDowell St, Matthews. 704-846-8343.

The King and I Featuring Sandy Duncan. Sept. 14-19, Tues./Wed./Thurs., 8p.m.; Fri., 8:15p.m.; Sat., 2p.m., 8:15p.m.; Sun., 2p.m., 7:30p.m. $23-$64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Over the River and Through the Woods A comedy about change, individual choices, and the invisible ties that bind us to those we love. Booth Playhouse. Sept. 17- Oct.3, Wed., Thurs., 7:30p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8:00p.m.; Sun., 2:00p.m. $24.50-$37.50. Charlotte Repertory, 129 W. Trade St. 704-372-1000.

Pageant Depicts the trials and tribulations of six regional beauty contestants. www.offtryon.net. Sept. 16-18, 22-25, Sept 30- Oct. 2. $12-$15. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

Psycho Beach Party A spoof of 60s beach movies. www.barebones.org. Sept. 9-26, Thurs-Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm. $12-$15. Southend Performing Arts Center, 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.

Take Me Out An ode to baseball and the story of a popular baseball player. Contains adult content & partial nudity. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Sept. 15-Oct. 2, Wed/Thurs at 7:30pm; Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2:30pm. $17-$23. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

Vanities One of the longest running off-Broadway plays in American history, depicts the loss of innocence and coming of age in America. Sept. 22-25, 8p.m. $5-$10. Johnson Theatre, Winthrop. 803-323-2287.

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown The Peanuts gang is back in a newly revised version of this family favorite musical. CPCC Theatre. Sept. 17-26, Fri., Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sun. Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. $12. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

Visual Arts: Openings

Afro-American Cultural Center Simple Folks. The African American Quilting Circle and folk artist Addie James. www.aacc-charlotte.org. Fri., Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. Free. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Hidell Brooks Gallery Sherrie Wolf. New still life paintings by Portland, Oregon artist. Opening Reception: Sept. 10, 6-8pm. Through Oct. 30. 1910 S. Blvd. Suite 130. 704-334-7302.

Hodges Taylor Gallery Gather 'Round the Table. Featuring 50 Penland artists. A portion of sales go to the Preserve Penland Campaign. Sept. 10-Oct. 30. Peter Milton: Recent Prints. Sept. 10-Oct. 30. 401 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3799.

Icehouse Center Gallery, Davidson Susan Webb Lee: Artistic Quilts. Reception, Sept. 10, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 10-30. Dyeing Fabrics With Procion Dyes. Hands on workshop. Sat., Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $65. 432 S. Main St. 704-892-7323.

Jerald Melberg Gallery Ida Kohlmeyer and Robert Peterson Exhibitions. Paintings, sculpture, prints and pastel still lifes. Sept. 11-Oct. 16. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 704-365-3000.

Joie Lassiter Gallery Maja Godlewska. Rich hues and textures make her linen paintings show inspirations of Rococo artists in her Templates exhibition. Opening Reception: Sept. 10, 6-9pm. Sept. 10-Oct. 3. 525 North Tryon Street, Suite 140. 704-373-1464.

The Light Factory Henry Horenstein: Honky Tonk & Allen Hess-The Rivers Green. Sept. 10-Oct. 21. Portraits of Perseverance. Featuring nationally-acclaimed photographer Bryon Baldwin and local student photographers. Celebrates Jacob's Ladder Job Center with photos of volunteers and clients. Donations accepted. Sat., Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-905-6771.

Middleton-McMillan Gallery, Spirit Square My Place, My Choice, My Ride, My Story. An exhibition of the South Corridor Light Rail Project Public Art Proposals. Opening: Sept. 10, 5-9pm. Through Oct. 23. 345 N. College St.

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