The 107.9 Wednesday Happy Hour Free Concert Series continues today at Gateway Village with music provided by the band Rubyhorse. The evening begins at 5pm, and admission is free. Call 704-374-3500.
The production of Shirley Valentine continues at Spirit Square's Duke Power Theatre. The show will run through August 31 with showtimes Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $18-$25. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.blumenthalcenter.org.
The Charlotte Knights take on the Richmond Braves today and tomorrow at 7:15pm at Knights Castle. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.
AUGUST 22 - THURSDAY
Center City After Five continues today at the Wachovia Plaza with music provided by Weekend Excursion. It begins at 5pm, and admission is free. Call 704-374-3500.
AUGUST 23 - FRIDAY
The Levine Museum of the New South hosts a Southern Fried Night to introduce and celebrate the history of the New South to Charlotte's young professionals. Cold drinks, hot food, great exhibits and a big dose of Southern history will abound. Tickets are $25. Festivities last from 7-11pm. For more information, call 704-333-1887.
Legendary Southern/blues/jam band the Allman Brothers Band will park their peach truck outside Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre today, where they'll play (along with opening act Galactic) at 7pm tonight. Tickets for the show are $24.50 and $37.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.
AUGUST 24 - SATURDAY
Who says Charlotte knows nothing about fashion? Modern Primitive, an indoor/outdoor hair and fashion show featuring fashion-clad models on Vespas (who knows?), hits the runway at Tonic (1427 E. 4th St.) tonight at 10pm. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 704-777-3822.
Tonight Charlotteans will don clothing and costumes from the 1920s and head to the Great Gatsby Party at Wachovia Atrium, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Enjoy an evening of live jazz music, delicacies and beverages compliments of some of Charlotte's finest restaurants. Topping off the evening, at Wachovia Atrium, is a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the National MS Society. The evening starts at 8pm and runs until 12am. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more information about the party or to order tickets call 704-525-2955, 800-477-2955 or visit online at www.gatsbycharlotte.org.
Country blues and world music pioneer Taj Mahal will play the Neighborhood Theatre tonight at 8pm. As of press time, however, the show was sold out. If you feel lucky, call the theater at 704-358-9298 and beg "em.
Meet author David C. Driskell, artist, art historian, and art advisor to Bill Cosby this afternoon at Barnes and Noble, Sharon Rd. at 4pm. Driskell's personal collection, Narratives of African American Art and Identity, is currently on view at the Mint Museum. Today he will sign and discuss his new book The Other Side of Color: African American Art in the Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. For more information, call 704-554-7906.
AUGUST 25 - SUNDAY
The First Annual Charlotte KISS Expo will be held today at the Charlotte Hilton University Place from 11am until 9pm. The event will feature memorabilia (most for sale), KISS cover bands, ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, Ron Keel from the band Keel, KISS videos, a costume contest, and more. If that's not enough, today's also Gene Simmons' birthday. For more information on tickets, which are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, call 678-455-7891 or log on to www.kissasylum.com or kissonline.com.
Popular young singer Aaron Carter, brother of the recently arrested Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, will appear at the Paramount's Carowinds Paladium today at 6pm. Opening acts are Jump 5, No Secrets, and Triple Image. Tickets begin at $34.99, which includes park admission. Call 1-800-888-4FUN.
AUGUST 26 - MONDAY
Former intelligence officer and Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Amy Waters Yarsinske will discuss her latest work, No One Left Behind: The Lt. Commander Michael Scott Speicher Story. In this, her latest book, Yarsinske delves into the controversy surrounding the disappearance of a young pilot who was shot down over Iraq in 1991. The signing will take place at Barnes and Noble Arboretum tonight at 7pm. For more information, call 704-341-9481.
Last call! Monday Night Movies at Spirit Square also finishes up a great run with its final film Black Hawk Down staring Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore, and Ewan McGregor. The show will begin at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5. Popcorn, candy and soda is available for $1 each. For more information, call 704-379-1380.
AUGUST 27 - TUESDAY
The next installment of Reel Tuesdays at Tonic is tonight at 7:30pm. The evening's presentation of shorts is highlighted by Brin Hill's Morning Breath, the story of a Brooklyn man's struggle between falling in love or staying true to his street reputation. Admission is $7. For more information, call 704-492-2519.
AUGUST 28 - WEDNESDAY
The Flatlanders, a supergroup of sorts featuring Texans Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, play the Neighborhood Theatre at 8pm, with Tim Easton slated to open. Tickets are $22.50, available by phone at 704-358-9298 or at the CD Warehouse on Kings Drive or the Smelly Cat Coffeehouse on 36th St (cash only).