THURSDAY, NOV. 29 It's the battle of the area codes. 336 takes on 704/980 for control of the I-40/I-85 corridor. Naw, not really. Just a bunch of college athletes looking for braggin' rights. UNC-Charlotte vs Wake Forest should be an interesting game, nonetheless. The Demon Deacons will be hard-pressed to excel the star power that was Chris Paul. And the 49ers are a good team, but still searching for consistency. Who will be the victor? 7 p.m. $25. Charlotte Bobcats Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 704-522-6500. www.charlottebobcatsarena.com.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30 In response to the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases in Mecklenburg County (the highest in N.C.) and in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2007, RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) will read the names of individuals who have died in the Charlotte region. In the year 2007, millions of people are still dying of AIDS. Where is all the communication, prevention, education, and every other -tion that should have at least put a dent in this epidemic? Yes, it still is an epidemic. Come for your family, your friends, yourself. This event is free to public. 4 p.m. Polk Park, 100 S. Tryon St. 704-372-7246. www.carolinarain.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1 If you like your poetry hot and naughty, if you want words poured over you like warm chocolate honey and you want to hear some bass voiced Barry White brother "do it until you're satisfied" – then you're at the wrong show. But Little Concepts presents Tamika "GA.ME" Harper, an alum of Def Poetry Jam and violinist Ken Ford for Passion & Poetry: Desire. 8 p.m. $27.50. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-522-6500. www.ovensauditorium.com. (Cheris Hodges)
SUNDAY, DEC. 2 In It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, the Frank Capra classic taken back to its roots. Set in the studios of the fictional WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946, five "radio" actors portray dozens of characters from the movie, switching effortlessly between voices and sound effects, utilizing the old-fashioned techniques of radio shows like The Lone Ranger or The Shadow. This production marks the Charlotte debut of the Asheville-based North Carolina Stage Company and immediate theater project (itp). 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20/$25. Duke Power Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.ncstage.org.