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Friday, January 27

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Hey! Can we have "A Little Less Conversation" and more donations? After all, it's a Benefit Concert For RenElvis. René "RenElvis" Escarcha, Charlotte's (the world's?) foremost Filipino Elvis impersonator, has been playing gigs-a-plenty for years to support his daughter Lisa's health care costs (she's afflicted with both Down Syndrome and autism). On Dec. 5, RenElvis' wife Esperanza (who cared for Lisa while RenElvis performed and worked odd jobs) passed away after a battle with cancer. Fortunately, Escarcha's many friends are pitching in to help out. (See our story in the news section). Tonight's Benefit Concert at Double Door Inn, 218 East Independence Blvd., is one of those events. Come out and show your support. (Davis)

Winner of the Glass Bear award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Cinematography and Prix Henri Alekan awards at the Paris Film Festival is The Wooden Camera. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli's charming film takes place in Capetown after Apartheid has ended. It shows the turning point in the lives of two friends, as one event leads them down separate paths. The screening is tonight at The Light Factory's Knight Gallery, 345 College St. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information call 704-333-9755 or visit www.lightfactory.org. (Calloway)

Today, the tiles hit the board! It's day one of a three-day Scrabble tournament in the Queen City. Enthusiasts of all levels are invited to play. This event is one of more than 250 tournaments held throughout the US and Canada each year. The entry fees range from $60-$70, depending on division. Game play starts at 8pm at Embassy Suites, 4800 S. Tryon St. For more information, contact the National Scrabble Association at 631-477-0033 or log on to www.scrabbleassociation.com. (Calloway)

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