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JULY17WEDNESDAY
The WNBA Charlotte Sting play the Orlando Miracle at 7pm tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $8-50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

The 107.9 Wednesday Happy Hour Free Concert Series continues today at Gateway Village with Sister Hazel as the featured band. The evening begins at 5pm, and admission is free. For more information, call 704-374-3500.

The next installation from The Farm Theatre, The Collected Shorts of Anton Chekov, will continue at the Off Tryon Theatre Company tonight through July 21. Performances will be at 8pm, except for the July 21 show, which will be at 3pm. Tickets are $10. Make your reservations at info@thefarmtheatre.com.

CPCC Summer Theatre presents the Broadway musical George M! beginning tonight in Pease Auditorium at CPCC. The musical is based on the life and works of "the man who owned Broadway," George M. Cohan. The show runs through July 27 with showtimes July 17-20 and 24-27 at 8pm, July 21 at 2:30pm, and July 23 at 7pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-330-6534.

JULY18THURSDAY
The Center City After Five series continues today at the Wachovia Plaza, featuring food, drinks, and the band Fantasy. Admission is free.

Author and illustrator, Nick Bantock, creator of the popular Griffin and Sabine books, will talk about and read from his works. His books contain illustrated correspondence (in the form of notes and postcards) between a London artist and a mysterious island woman. Bantock will read selections from The Gryphon and his fall release, Alexandria. Bantock-themed door prizes will be given to attendees. The event takes place at the Main Library from 7-9pm. The event is free, but tickets are required. For more information visit www.plcmc.org/galleryl/gracefulOrder.htm or call 704-336-2020.

JULY19FRIDAY
The WNBA Charlotte Sting are back in action against Sacramento at 7pm tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $8-50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

Comedian Eddie Griffin will appear tonight at Cricket Arena at 8pm as part of his "Undercover Brother" tour. Appearing along with Griffin will be Reynaldo Ray. For more information or tickets, call 704-522-6500.

The Charlotte Knights take on the Pawtucket Red Sox today at 7:15pm. The series continues through Monday at 7:15pm (except Sunday, 2:15pm) at Knights Castle. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

The New Stage Ensemble Theatre Company premieres Eric Overmyer's comedy, Don Quixote de Rock Hill tonight in Winthrop University's Johnson Hall. The play is New Stage's contribution to Rock Hill's sesquicentennial celebration. The show will run through July 20 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, call 803-323-2651.

JULY20SATURDAY
Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum is bringing back the popular Muffins and Murder Brunch featuring notable names in the world of mystery writing. Today's event will feature best-selling authors Tamar Myers, Mignon Ballard, Patricia Sprinkle and Tim Myers. Event starts at 11am. For more information, call 704-341-9481.

Summer Stage Fest at Providence Day School continues tonight with Ballet Worroba's presentation of Nacourra, an African ballet. The show will be presented at 7:30pm at the McMahon Theatre on the school campus. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 704-364-0081.

Rocker Tom Petty, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member whose work seems to get better with every passing year, plays Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at 7:30pm tonight along with the Brian Setzer Trio. Tickets are $26.50 and $51.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.

JULY22MONDAY
Horror/camp rocker Rob Zombie, who recently lost to Marilyn Manson on MTV's Celebrity Death Match, brings his er, spooky stage show to Tremont Music Hall at 8pm, along with special guest 3rd Strike. Tickets are $20, available by calling 704-522-6500. If that doesn't quite do it for you, we recommend Barbara Steele in Mario Bava's Black Sunday (The Mask of Satan). Now that's good stuff.

Her Majesty's Classic Comedies film series continues at the Main Library with Gregory's Girl, a great Scottish comedy, which will begin at 7pm in the Francis Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information, call 704-336-6217 or visit www.plcmc.org/programs.

More movies, more movies, more movies! That's right, Monday Night Movies at Spirit Square continues with Oscar nominee Gosford Park starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Phillipe. The show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 - and there's popcorn, soda and candy available for $1 each, and with today's concession prices, you can't beat that! For more information, call 704-379-1380.JULY23TUESDAY
Robert Dubac's The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? starts tonight at the Performing Arts Center. The show will run through August 4 with showtimes Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday-Saturday at 8:15pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $30-$35. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.performingartsctr.org.

The Lowe's Motor Speedway Summer Shootout Series continues tonight at 7:30pm. Featured are Legends cars, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero racing, and a NASCAR Celebrity Grudge Match. But what caught our eye is tonight's added bonus: The Faster Pastor Race, wherein local clergy will gas "em up and hit the blacktop. We think next time, the Speedway should stage a footrace among defrocked Catholic priests, using a mechanical altar boy as the "lead," a la mechanical rabbits leading a pack of greyhounds. In any case, tickets for tonight's event are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS.

The Charlotte Knights take on the Columbus Clippers, AAA team of the mighty New York Yankees, tonight and tomorrow night at 7:15pm at Knights Castle. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

Jazzy Ladies 2002 continues tonight at 7:15pm on the Mint Museum lawn with the musical stylings of Toni Tupponce, followed at 9pm by the film My Best Friend's Wedding starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. Admission for Jazzy Ladies is $7. For more information, call 704-337-2000.

The Levine Museum of the New South presents Sorting Out the City, with Historian Dr. Tom Hanchett, today at 1pm. Hanchett will trace the history of Charlotte's development as a city with his slide talk. The slide talk is free with museum admission, and will take place in Harris Hall. The presentation will last around 45 minutes leaving time for questions at the end. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. For more information, call 704-333-1887.

The CPCC Summer Theatre for Children will present the Grey Seal Puppets' production of The Emperor's New Clothes today through July 27 at 10am in Pease Auditorium. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 704-330-6534.

Uptown Charlotte is getting a game show -- sure, it's not Jeopardy, but Brain Drain will give contestants the chance to show off their smarts as they compete for prize packages from The Shops at Founders Hall. The 30-minute segments will play at noon and 1pm. Brain Drain will happen today and July 25 at Founders Hall. For more information, call 704-632-4784.JULY24WEDNESDAY
Moby, one of the few short, bald 30-somethings to achieve massive pop-culture fame, will appear tonight at 8pm at the Grady Cole Center with special guests Azure Ray and Dirty Vegas. Tickets are $25, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The 107.9 Wednesday Happy Hour Free Concert Series continues today at Gateway Village with Edwin McCain as the featured act. The evening begins at 5pm, and admission is free. For more information, call 704-374-3500.

Monster Sakisashasushi, a Japanese-themed party with sushi, sake, and monster films (a la the great Godzilla/Mothra tilts) takes place tonight at Tonic (1427 East Fourth St.) beginning at 8pm. Cover is free, with a $10 charge for sake and sushi. For more information, call 704-333-6766.

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