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Wednesday, October 26

The latest production from the Moving Poets Theater of Dance is inspired by the seven cardinal sins: Vanity, Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Wrath and everyone's favorite, Gluttony. 7 Deadly Sins is billed as a sensual tale of biblical proportions. The original script is by M.Z. Ribalow, choreography by Alban Elved dance company artistic director Karola Lüttringhaus and Moving Poets' artistic director Till Schmidt-Rimpler, and score by Charlotte composer Tom Constanten, late of the Grateful Dead. The Moving Poets perform at Theater 36 in the Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St., through Nov. 6. Performances are 8pm Wednesday-Saturday, 7pm Sunday. Tickets are $17.50-$22.50; call 704-527-6683 or go to www.movingpoets.com. This show is intended for mature audiences -- as sinful things should be. (Vespa)

Thursday, October 27

It's rare that book lovers around here get to hear internationally renowned authors speak, especially now that the Novello Festival has pulled in its financial horns to meet the library's ImaginOn obligations. But you're in luck. Today, Mexican novelist, playwright, essayist, and literary historian Carlos Fuentes, the author of The Old Gringo, Terra Nostra, The Campaign and other celebrated works, will be at Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, talking his head off. Actually, it's the College's annual Z. Smith Reynolds Lecture, for which Fuentes will be speaking on "Celebrating Cervantes and Don Quixote." It's at 8pm, and is free and open to the public, but you'll need tickets to get in. You can pick up tickets at the Alvarez College Union ticket office. Call 704-894-2140 for full details. (Grooms)

No one has parlayed his MTV Real World experience into a career quite like Kevin Powell has. After his stint on the series' first season in 1992, Powell went on to become a self-made renaissance man, writing, appearing on TV as a culture expert, serving as a consultant and lecturing. The latter brings him to the McGlohon Theater on Thursday, sponsored by the Urban League of Central Carolinas. And what's Powell's expertise? Well. . . his generation, the hip-hop generation. And why is Powell an expert? He's taken the Descartes approach: he thinks, therefore he is. To be fair, Powell studied political science at Rutgers University before MTV entered his life (or vice versa), and he has since written for publications including Vibe and Rolling Stone, and authored several books including Keepin' It Real: Post-MTV Reflections on Race, Sex, and Politics. On Thursday, Powell will discuss "The State of Hip Hop Culture." His talk runs from 7 to 8:30pm; tickets are $10. For more info, call 704-373-2256 or go to www.urbanleaguecc.org. (Kemp)

Friday, October 28

Listening to the brash Gangbé Brass Band on their World Village CD, you occasionally find yourself reacting to the jalapeño pop as if you'd put on some salsa. That momentary disorientation shouldn't be a problem when the 10-man brass/percussion ensemble roars into McGlohon Theatre and blows off the roof. When you see the members' eye-popping costuming, you'll have no problem retaining a vivid impression of Gangbé's African roots -- even as the music spans the ocean between the choral harmonies of the group's native continent and the voodoo rhythms and jazz melodies of New Orleans. Tickets for the 8pm show are $25-$29.50 -- buy two and get two free, while supplies last. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Children's Theatre is riding high at its new home in ImaginOn, and the organization won't be jeopardizing its cachet as it opens the new Wachovia Playhouse with The Velveteen Rabbit. This Tarradiddle Players staple has been polished to a fine sheen over the years, so with veteran 'diddlers Chaz Pofahl and Nikki Adkins starring as the boy and his most cherished possession, the ache and joy of becoming real will be reliably potent. Thirteen performances are scheduled at the Wac, Friday-Sunday through November 13. Get tix quick; three of those dates were sold out a week ago and the front orchestra seats for three others are gone, too. Front orchestra seats are $18; general admission is $14. Call 704-973-2828. (Tannenbaum)

The Cadillac of circuses, Cirque du Soleil, returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway with its latest model, Varekai. Magical lighting, mesmerizing music, audacious staging and the world's best acrobats combine in yet another thrilling fusion -- ostensibly in a mysterious forest at the summit of a volcano. The food, concessions and portatoilets -- not to mention the VIP Tapis Rouge experience -- all are a cut above. Cirque continues at the Speedway on Hwy. 49 through November 20. Tuesdays (except November 15) through Saturdays at 8pm. Additional 4pm performances on Fridays (except October 28) and Saturdays -- and on November 17. Sundays at 1pm and 4pm. Tickets are $41-$70 for adults; $28.75-$49 for children; $37-$63 for students and seniors. Call 800-678-5440. (Tannenbaum)

Crossover jazz singer Al Jarreau, five-time Grammy-winning legend, is touring behind his new album Accentuate the Positive. From his 1960s beginnings through his recent star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Jarreau has sung jazz, pop and R&B, receiving myriad accolades along the way. On his Charlotte stop, he guests with the Pops, performing a program certain to explore the rich diversity of his decades-long repertoire, including monster hit "Breakin' Away" and such standards on his new CD as "The Nearness of You." Jarreau appears at Belk Theater tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. Tickets range from $19 -- $69. (Crazy Horse)

Saturday, October 29

Looking for a way to complete a kid's day? After an afternoon of The Velveteen Rabbit and an evening of Varekai, pile on a morning of LolliPops. Charlotte Symphony's ever-popular series of concerts is designed exclusively for your favorite anklebiter. The fun begins at 10am with a Musical Petting Zoo in the Belk Theater lobby -- a great way to get your kid tooting a trumpet or beating a drum. Inside the theater, the music awaits at 11am with Alan Yamamoto leading the Symphony and conspiring on the comedy. The first of four LolliPops for 2005-06 is a collaboration with NC Dance Theatre and a rendezvous with Saint-Saëns' Carnival of Animals. Besides our beloved swanny, the onstage zoo showcases an elephant, kangaroos and battling pianists. Tickets for the whole shebang are $8-$20. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

Hands down the biggest and best Halloween party in town, CarnEvil 2005, takes place tonight at the Hanford Mill (1111 Hawthorne Lane) from 9pm-until. It features fire performers, tarot card readers, DJs, belly dancers, live bands (Hardcore Lounge, Babyshaker, Dirty Box and others), a torture chamber, Single Cell's Mistress Autumn Twilight and a prize for the best "Carrie" costume. Tickets are $20 in advance (available at the Common Market and Jeff's Bucket Shop) and $30 at the door. Pirce includes food, wine and beer, and benefits the Love Our Children USA Katrina Relief effort. (Davis)

The ever-lovin' Violent Femmes -- perhaps best known for the outrageously catchy "Blister in the Sun," a song that may well rank in the top 25 pop songs of all time -- play Dixies Tavern Grave Diggers Ball tonight, along with Charity Case and Reaganomics, a band whose music is better thought out than the economic theory (accent on theory) its name is based on. Doors open at 4pm; tickets for the Ball are $15, available at www.dixiescharlotte.com. (Davis)

Tuesday, November 01

Dr. William Leuchtenburg, one of the nation's top historians, will moderate Poverty and Plenty: A Century of Economic Change in North Carolina, a panel discussion among heavyweights on North Carolina's changing economy, from the New Deal to today. The panel takes place at 7pm the Levine Museum of the New South and will include Erskine Bowles, former Clinton Chief of Staff and newly named honcho of the UNC system; Tom Lamberth of the Rural Center of NC, Lawrence Davenport, former chairman of the Golden Leaf Foundation, and Gary Grant of the NC Rural Prosperity Task Force. The discussion is in conjunction with the museum's In Search of the New Deal: Images of North Carolina 1935-1941. To attend, call 704-333-1887 ext. 501. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation to Crisis Assistance Ministry. (Grooms)

Throughout the new millennium, Eve Ensler has been everywhere -- but not in person. Her Vagina Monologues and its activist outgrowth V-Day have become global phenomena. So Ensler's first live performances in Charlotte are akin to a papal visit. She brings her latest research and ruminations, The Good Body, to the intimate McGlohon Theatre for a six-night ministry (with post-show talkbacks Wednesday and Thursday). The one-woman show, on Broadway for nearly two months last fall, explores the cults of beauty, food and desire through the eyes of women from around the world -- sprinkled with observations on Ensler's own personal fame and belly. Expect the usual Ensler trail mix along the way: humor, insight, wit, wisdom, confession and an empowering activist motive. New monologues begin at 8pm Tuesday-Friday. Saturday performances 4pm and 9pm, Sunday's are 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $29-$45; call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

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