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.
The Charlotte Knights take on the Columbus Clippers, AAA team of the mighty New York Yankees, tonight at 7:15pm at Knights Castle. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.
Monster Sakisashasushi, a Japanese-themed party with sushi, sake, and monster films (a la the great Godzilla/Mothra tilts) takes place 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.
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.
CPCC Summer Theatre presents the Broadway musical George M! 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 24-27 at 8pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-330-6534.JULY25 THURSDAY
The Charlotte Knights take on the Louisville Bats tonight through Sunday at 7:15pm (except Saturday at 6:15pm and Sunday at 2:15pm) at Knights Castle. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.
The WNBA playoff-bound Charlotte Sting are back in action against the Cleveland Rockers at 12noon at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $8-50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.
The Center City After Five series continues today at the Wachovia Plaza, featuring food, drinks, and the band Mystic Vibrations. Admission is free.
Factory Films continues at The Light Factory with Tax Day, tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information contact The Light Factory at 704-333-9755.
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 rides again today at Founders Hall. For more information, call 704-632-4784JULY26 FRIDAY
In Great Britain, Davis Miller of Winston-Salem is North Carolina's most famous writer. Davis who? Good question. Somehow Miller has yet to catch on in his native land the way he has in England, where his book The Tao of Muhammad Ali sat atop several bestseller lists and was turned into a six-part BBC radio play. The Brits (as well as other countries' critics) have latched on to Miller as a genre-bending writer whose eloquent, seriocomic tales about, well. . .life are written with himself at the center of the story. Sort of an inner travelogue detailing, among other things, his obsessions with Muhammad Ali (with whom he has become personal friends) and the late Bruce Lee. Miller will be signing his books (including a new collection of award-winning pieces titled The Zen of Muhammad Ali and Other Obsessions) at Borders Books & Music today at 6pm. For more details, call 704-365-6261.
Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's new all-star project, Phil Lesh and Friends, will appear today at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre beginning at 3:30pm. Appearing with Lesh will be Ratdog, which features former Dead guitarist/singer Bob Weir, and ex-Allman Brother Dickey Betts with his new group, Great Southern. Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.jULY27 SATURDAY
The WNBA Charlotte Sting take on the Detroit Shock at 6pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $8-50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.
The AMA Grand National flat track motorcycle series event will take place today at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway beginning at 5pm. Forty of the nation's top racers, including defending series champ Chris Carr, are set to attend. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those 12 and under. Day-of tickets are $5 more. For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS.
Singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will appear at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre starting at 7pm. Opening for Raitt is old pal, the long tall Texan, Lyle Lovett. Tickets are $16.50, $31.50, and $46.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.
If you build it, they will come. . .at least that's what the creators of the Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill Farm in Huntersville have come to accept. The corn conundrum opens for the season today and will remain open Thursday-Sunday until September 29. Prices are adults/$10, seniors 60 and over/ $7, teens 17-13/$7, children 12-5/$5, wee-uns 4-3/$2, 2 and under free. Reservations are recommended for groups of 20 or more. For more information, call 704-875-3113.JULY28 SUNDAY
Dave Schwensen, author of How To Be a Working Comic will present a Comedy Workshop at The Comedy Zone today and tomorrow. Workshops begin at 6pm and are limited to no more than 10 people, so reservations are recommended. The workshop will culminate in a group performance on July 30 at The Comedy Zone. Workshop costs $125. For more information, call 704-348-4242.
Downtown Davidson's Sunday Concert on the Green Series continues this evening from 6-8pm with Charlotte jazz vixen Beth Chorneau. The show is free. For more information visit the concert website at www.concertsonthegreen.com.
The Summer Heat Film Series continues with its next installment at the Charlotte Museum of History. Fried Green Tomatoes will be shown at 2pm -- no reservations are required. For more information, call 704-568-1774 or visit online at www.charlottemuseum.org. JULY29 MONDAY
Her Majesty's Classic Comedies continues at the Main Library. This week's film is Genevieve, the story of a hero and his car and their adventures during the annual London-to-Brighton Road Rally. The film will be shown in the Francis Auditorium at 7pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 704-336-6217 or visit online at www.plcmc.org/programs.
In this, the Summer Of Films, Monday Night Movies at Spirit Square offers their next Academy Award Nominee when they present The Royal Tenenbaums, starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Luke Wilson. The film will begin at 6:30. Admission is $5 with refreshments available for $1 each. For more information, call 704-379-1380.JULY30 TUESDAY
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. 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 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Smackdown will fill the Charlotte Coliseum with all sorts of people carrying filthy signs and flipping the bird beginning at 7:30pm. The WWE, formerly the WWF (something about legal action from the World Wildlife Federation), will have popular wrestlers Chris Jericho and the Rock in tow. Tickets are $17, $22, $28, $35 and $40, available by calling 704-522-6500.
NightBEAT, a national drum and bugle corps competition, will take place tonight at 7:30pm (gates 5:30pm) at Memorial Stadium. The show is the primary fundraiser for Carolina Crown, the home team in the field. For more information or tickets, call (803) 547-2665, or click onto www.carolinacrown.org.
Today begins Reel Tuesdays at Tonic Lounge, 1427 4th St. Come watch cool short films. Films start at 8pm. Admission is $8. For information or film submissions call 704-492-2519.
Jazzy Ladies 2002 continues today on the Mint Museum lawn with the vocal stylings of Beth Chorneau followed by the movie Father of the Bride starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, Kimberly Williams and Diane Keaton. Music starts at 7:15pm with the film following at 9pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 704-337-2000.JULY31 WEDNESDAY
The 107.9 Wednesday Happy Hour Free Concert Series continues today at Gateway Village with Superglide as the featured act. The evening begins at 5pm, and admission is free. For more information, call 704-374-3500.
A Tuff Shuffle: Backstage with Louis Armstrong, a one-man show written and performed by Danny Mullen will be presented starting tonight at the Neighborhood Theatre. Tonight's show and the August 1 performance start at 8pm and tickets cost $10. The show also runs August 2 at 7pm and 10pm, August 3 at 5pm and 8pm, and August 4 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets for these shows are $20/adults, $12/students and seniors. To make reservations or for more information, call 704-358-9298 or visit online at www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Borders Books and Music is hosting a Happy Birthday Harry! celebration starting at 7pm. Come dressed as your favorite character from Harry Potter and experience the fun of Hogwarts. There will be owl demonstrations by the Carolina Raptor Center, trivia challenges, costume contests, Honeydukes treats, magic tricks and best of all, birthday cake! For more information, call 704-365-6261.