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Wednesday, November 01

Tonight's the season opener for the Charlotte Bobcats. At 7 p.m., they take on the Reggie Miller-less Indiana Pacers in Charlotte Bobcats Arena. Their prey, however, is armed with Chuck "The Rifleman" Person as defensive coach. But with Coach Bickerstaff on hand, the kitties need not worry much. What wild turns this game could take is a mystery, but be sure that Charlotteans will cheer on the home team full throttle. Tickets start at just $10 and are available at www.charlottebobcatsarena.com. (Anita Overcash)

Thursday, November 02

That lovable lumbago of a drama is achingly shambling up to Queens Road as Norman and Ethel Thayer spend another lazy, bittersweet summer On Golden Pond with their resentful daughter Chelsea. Alan England is the crotchety dad opposite Gloria King as the incredibly supportive matriarch, directed by WDAV's Frank Dominguez. Theatre Charlotte is transformed into an idyllic Maine cabin, with an extra-large helping of maple-flavored sentimentality, through November 12. Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20 -- seniors pay $18 and students $10. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means lots of fun reasons to get dressed up! Get pretty for a good cause tonight and attend the 4th Annual Black and White Gala. With proceeds benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Young Affiliates of Mint Museums, this grand shindig makes you happy to fork over your money with music from THE MAXX, catering by Mama Ricotta's and Sugar Buzz Pastry, and the opportunity to bid on some fantastic items (plane tickets, massages, an in-home wine tasting, and more) at the silent auction. The event is held at CenterStage @ NoDa from 7-11 p.m. and is black tie optional. Tickets are $35-$45; $70 VIP. Looking for more info? Visit the gala Web site at www.blackandwhitecharlotte.com. (Maria Fisichello)

Sheer heaven takes over the Booth! Yes, Booth Playhouse is the place to be for Charlotte's most exciting spectacle as North Carolina Dance Theatre's anthology of Innovative Works expands its annual invasion to two weeks. Five new pieces by five choreographers are on this year's tasty menu -- including four world premieres -- set to music ranging from Japanese folk to modern classical to Nina Simone. If you haven't savored the skill, athleticism, and individualism of Charlotte's best performing arts company before, this is the close-up and electrical place to begin through Nov. 11. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-$55. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Friday, November 03

From kabuki to tiny plastic ninjas, we've seen Shakespeare's Macbeth sliced and diced in every way imaginable -- or so we thought. A new sound and puree signifying whatever comes to the McGlohon Theatre as solo performer Rick Miller, by brute force and multimedia, compels the Thane of Cawdor to meet The Simpsons in MacHomer. Miller does 50 different voices familiar to fans of the animated TV series -- and iambic pentameter excruciatingly familiar to anybody who sweated through an introductory lit course. Yes, some 85 percent of the script is intact from the Elizabethan Age, with enough mischief stirred into the cauldron to turn tragedy into hilarity. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $20-$25. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Saturday, November 04

Although his roots have been firmly planted in the blues for the past four decades, Taj Mahal hasn't shied away from weaving folk, R&B, and even reggae into his music. Taj Mahal is most potent when finger-picking old-time country blues, but the maestro also dazzles when taking his guitar for a stroll in a tropical beat. The Taj Mahal Trio will perform at Neighborhood Theatre along with the wonderfully old-timey African-American string and jug band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. General admission tickets are $35. Details: www.neighborhoodtheatre.com or call 704-358-9298. (Shukla)

Charlotte recently celebrated a major accomplishment in becoming the home of the U.S. National Whitewater Center. The official celebration actually takes place this weekend as the USNWC throws its First Annual National Whitewater Festival. For twelve hours straight, the center will be open to groups curious to find out about this cool new attraction and those just wanting to jump right into the extreme arena of whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and kayaking. The stroller walk/run, ImaginOn puppet show, and Rubber Duck River Race ensures the kids will have something to do. Food and music provided. Location: 820 Hawfield Road. Call 704-391-3900 or check out www.usnwc.org for more information. (Calloway)

What's more fun than stiff clogs and stockings while folk dancing in the bitter cold? Charlotte's only celebration of Scandinavian food and culture, Scanfest 2006! Move at the speed of fiddle as you stuff your stomach with rich pastries and other fine Scandinavian cuisines. Find yourself in the middle of authentic crafts and cultural exhibits. Learn more than a little from the Scandans, a group of professional folk dancers that show you how to move while keeping your pigtails intact. There are plenty of games and activities for the whole family meddle. If your fingers start to twiddle and you have time to whittle, pick up a fiddle (watch your Scandinavian spittle), feel detached and distal, witness and learn, and don't piddle at the marvel that is Scanfest 2006 at the Wachovia Atrium. More info can be found at www.scandinavianconnection.org. (Adam Padgett)

The notoriety of rockabilly vampire, king of country and western troubadours and North Carolina music legend Unknown Hinson is spreading far and wide. Hinson's most recent foray includes the voice of hellbilly character Early Cuyler on Cartoon Network's animated series Squidbillies. The underbelly of the honky-tonk life, demented lyrics and soaking goodtimes included, comes out of the shadows tonight at the Visulite beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door. Details: www.visulite.com. (Shukla)

Monday, November 06

Eat your heart out, Charo! Carolinas Concert Association's new season begins with a distinctively Latin flair as Orquestra de São Paolo brings Brazil to the Belk. John Neschling leads the ensemble, but virtuoso Antonio Meneses takes the spotlight -- without a trace of coochie-coochie! -- in Heitor Villa-Lobos' Cello Concerto #2. Little known composer Camargo Guarnieri gets a showcase with his "Overture Concertante" before the big names take over. After intermission, CCA subscribers luxuriate in Rachmaninoff's Symphony #2. Single tickets are also available for this 8 p.m. fiesta, priced at $25-$65. Call 704-372-1000 or visit www.carolinatix.org. (Tannenbaum)

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