The Flatlanders, a kind-of supergroup 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).
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, and Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets range from $18-$25. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.blumenthalcenter.org.
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.
AUGUST 29 - THURSDAY
An original production, Heisman, the Musical, the story of legendary football coach John Heisman, is set to, you guessed it, music! The production will run tonight through August 31 and September 5-7 in Dana Auditorium at Queens University. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. All tickets are on sale one hour prior to showtime only. For more information, call 704-868-0033 or visit online at www.heisman.homestead.com.
Center City After Five continues today at the Wachovia Plaza with music provided by The Voltage Brothers. It begins at 5pm, and admission is free. Call 704-374-3500.
Onetime Monkee Peter Tork will appear tonight at 9:30pm at the Double Door Inn with his new band, Shoe Suede Blues. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 704-376-1446.
AUGUST 30 - FRIDAY
The Sprite Liquid Mix Tour starts at 3pm today at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. On the bill are a slew of rappers and rockers, including Jay-Z, 311, Hoobastank, Nappy Roots, N.E.R.D., and more. Tickets are $20, $29.75, and $39.75, available by calling 704-522-6500.
Atlanta-based artist Ronnie Land, known for his "monster pop art" aesthetic, will show his work at the restaurant Dish (located on Thomas Avenue) tonight. The bands Babyshaker and Snagglepuss will also perform. Tickets are $2. Call 704-344-0343 for more information.
The Matthews Alive Festival begins today in and around downtown Matthews. The festival, which runs through Monday, offers a 5K race, food, vendors, arts and crafts, the Grey Seal Puppets, bands including Bonepony and Larry Weaver, a climbing wall, and loads more. Admission to the festival itself is free. For a detailed schedule, log on to www.matthewsalive.org, or call 704-849-3825.
The MCA Grand National Mustang Show begins today at 8am at Lowe's Motor Speedway, featuring, that's right, Ford Mustangs. The event, which runs through Monday, will feature banquet speaker and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush. Admission is free -- for more information, call 704- 455-1232 or 704-474-5929, or log onto www.pony tales.org.
AUGUST 31 - SATURDAY
The Afro-American Cultural Center's Sizzlin' Summer Music Series continues this evening with the acclaimed ensemble, MANTRA. The show starts at 8pm in the outdoor amphitheatre at the Afro-American Cultural Center. The show will relocate to the indoor attic theater in case of rain. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 704-374-1565 or visit online at www.aacc-charlotte.org.
Looking for a smooth date with your gal or guy? You could do worse than to check out smooth (and newly thin) belter Luther Vandross, along with Gerald Levert, Angie Stone and Michelle Williams, tonight at 7pm at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25.50, $40.50, and $50.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.
SEPTEMBER 1- SUNDAY
The legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company, simply one of the world's best and most respected dance companies, will return to Charlotte after a 20-year absence. The company has performed in more than 450 cities in more than 60 countries. Tonight they will grace the stage at the Performing Arts Center's Belk Theater at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$55. For more information, call 704-372-1000.
SEPTEMBER 2 - MONDAY
Charlotte Shout presents a Labor Day Celebration and Preview Event today beginning at 2pm at Spirit Square. Food, beverages, and entertainment from the Actor's Theatre, Moving Poets, and Community School of the Arts will be featured. For more information, log on to www. charlotteshout.com.
Moving Poets open their season tonight with Coulrophobia, Sarah Emery's high energy and slightly satirical production about the fear of clowns. The performance is at 8pm at Spirit Square. It's free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.movingpoets.com. SEPTEMBER 3 - TUESDAY
As talented as they are beautiful, The Ahn Trio will perform tonight as part of Wingate University's Concert Series. The sisters, who are known for their vigorous performances of works by contemporary composers, hit the stage at 7:30pm in the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wingate University. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call 704-233-8300 or visit online at www.wingate.edu.
Chamber Music at St. Peter's revs up their 2002-2003 Concert Series with the first installment of the First Tuesday Concert Series today at 12:10pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. Today's concert will feature "Piano Quartet in C Minor" by Johannes Brahms. The performance is free, with an optional box lunch available for purchase should you have the munchies. Get there early, it's a popular event in a small space. For more information, call 704-335-0009 or e-mail at info@ chambermusicatstpeters.com. SEPTEMBER 4 - WEDNESDAY
As the main stage (P.A.C.) production comes to a close, Davidson College brings to town their own showing of Shirley Valentine. The show will run September 4-8 in Hodson Hall of Davidson College's Cunningham Fine Arts Building. Showtimes are September 4-5 at 7:30pm, September 6-7 at 8pm, and a matinee performance on September 8 at 2pm. Tickets are $20 general admission. Seating is limited. For more information, call 704-894-2340.