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Thursday, September 08

Belying its humble title, Michael Holliger's An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf is actually a wildly eclectic feast. In a small Parisian café where the owner, Victor, has returned from the Madrid bullfights to die, Chef Gaston and his dedicated staff resist their bossman's death wish by cooking up a sumptuous Last Supper. But Victor insists that the meal must remain offstage in the kitchen. So we're served up a frantic verbal potpourri of vividly described cuisine -- with detours into sex, bullfighting, and the works of Ernest Hemingway. This seven-course comedy is presented by BareBones Theatre Group at SPAC, 211 Rampart Street, where it runs through Sept. 25. Thursdays though Saturdays at 8pm, plus a 3pm matinee on Sunday, Sept. 25. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students. Pay-what-you-can performance on September 12. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

Cole Porter was not the most ardent advocate of scripted musicals, but Kiss Me Kate shows us how beautifully he could handle the medium when he threw himself into it. Theatre Charlotte opens its new season with a fabulous cast in this saucy backstage tribute to showbiz, Shakespeare, and The Taming of the Shrew. Jim Kidd, Lisa Smith, Linda Booth, and Travis Osley are the frontliners, but there's a prodigious lineup backing them up in smaller roles under Ron Chisholm's direction through September 25 at 501 Queens Road. You can "Brush up on Your Shakespeare" at 8pm Thursday through Saturday evenings. Or if it's not "Too Darn Hot," there are Sunday matinees at 2:30 on September 18 and 25. Thursday and Sunday tickets go for $20; Fridays and Saturdays are priced at $25. Students and children $10. Call 704-334-9128. (Tannenbaum)

Friday, September 09

If you're shopping for products to make your home a showplace, if you're looking to crib some ideas from professional builders, remodelers and decorators, or if you just want to kill an afternoon gawking at everything from air purification systems to wrought iron, the Southern Ideal Home Show is the place to be this weekend. The show returns to the Charlotte Merchandise Mart today through Sunday. Hours are noon-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults, free for children under 15. For more information, call 704-376-6594 or visit www.southernidealhomeshow.com. (Vespa)

Pride Sunset Jazz Series takes over Uptown Charlotte with a three-concert series. Friday night, chill to the stylings of Roland Guerin at the Booth Playhouse. Saturday, check out the free and family-friendly Slam 'n' Jam concert at The Green Uptown including Carnivalito and Maria Howell. Sunday there's a cool down concert at the Mint Museum with The Steven Charles Band and more. If you're into a nice, calm weekend of jazz, don't miss the Pride Sunset Jazz Series. Friday: Booth Playhouse, 7:30pm. Contact 704-372-1000, $12.50 in advance. $15 at door; Saturday: Uptown Green on Tryon, 1-7pm, free; Sunday: Mint Museum, 5-9pm, $5. For more details call 704-309-8110. www.pridesunsetjazzseries.com (Samantha Gellar)

Saturday, September 10

The Afro-American Cultural Center, which has been preserving and promoting African-American art, history, and culture in Charlotte for 31 years, presents the spoken word and theatrical works of 2nd Place National Poetry Slam participants, including Quentin Talley, facilitator of Harambee Sunday Workshops. The special production, Reflections, is in collaboration with Charlotte Shout, and will reflect on 9/11 and the aftermath of the Iraq war. The post-show dialogue will highlight "How Can You Strengthen Community?" The event will be held at the Attic Theater located at 401 North Myers Street at 2pm. Admission is $5, and free to AACC Members, ASC Givin' and Livin' cardholders and Charlotte Shout Rewards Pass holders. For more information check out: www.aacc-charlotte.org (Boykin)

The Marion Massacre by Mike Lawing, is about an unjustly forgotten episode in regional labor history when a textile workers' strike in 1929 Marion, NC, gained international attention when seven strikers were killed by a sheriff's posse. The strike is also currently the subject of a five-part series on WNCW-FM. See a brief review of The Marion Massacre in this issue's books section. Lawing will sign copies of the book at Barnes and Noble at the Arboretum from 1 to 4pm. For more information, call 704-341-9365. (Grooms)

Sunday, September 11

It's nearing the end of summer and the Weenie Roast returns for the 10th and final time at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre this afternoon. The shindig is a gathering of established as well as up and coming alterna-rockers presented by the local station 106.5 The End. Some of the bands lined up for this Roast include 3 Doors Down, 30 Seconds to Mars, Staind, Shinedown, Illbreak and others. A well-rounded selection of local bands, including Bellglide, IN-V, Closet Pop Junkies, Scapegoat and Psycle, will grace the local stage. Doors open at 3pm. Tickets range from $20-$55. For further details call 704-522-6500. (Shukla)

The Carolina Panthers take on NFC South rivals the New Orleans Saints today at 1pm Bank of America Stadium, the first game in a season some prognosticators are predicting will end with another berth in the Super Bowl. However, tickets for this game -- and, if you can believe the team's website, every home game this year -- are completely sold out. Sometimes late tickets make themselves available, however. Call 704-522-6500 or log on to www.panthers.com if you're feeling lucky. (Timothy C. Davis)

Wednesday, September 14

Dancehall reggae star and gay rights lightning rod Capelton will appear at Amos' Southend at 8:30pm tonight, along with Moses-1, Military Man, and Jah Thunder. The man can toast, that much is sure. The question is whether he's also burning some others. Some of the artist's lyrics -- which Capelton has dismissed as metaphorical -- have suggested gays be hanged, drowned, or otherwise offed. For his part, Capelton recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that homosexuality is "against humanity. It's against your mother, it's against your father, it's against yourself." Regardless, tickets for the show are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and info, call Reggae Central at 704-377-2782. (Davis)

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