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JANUARY 16

THURSDAY
Twenty-five years after the Kennedy assassination, Marty's dad just hasn't been the same. In fact, since that fatal day in Dallas, Papa Pascal hasn't even been located. The House of Yes, presented by Off-Tryon Theatre, joins Marty as he introduces his fiancee to the Pascal family on November 22, 1988. Pascal folk are every bit as odd as anything George S. Kaufman ever conceived, including Marty's twin sister, who deigns to be called Jackie O after her recent institutionalization. Expect a darker shade of comedy under Glenn Griffin's direction in this show that runs through JANUARY 25. Tickets are $15; Pay-What-You-Can Night is next Wednesday. Call 704-375-2826. (Tannenbaum)

JANUARY 17

FRIDAY
SPAC is the new place for the performing arts in SouthEnd. The building at 201 Rampart Street (off Tremont Avenue and Hawkins Street) has been radically transformed by the BareBones Theatre Group -- from Carolina Cutlery into the SouthEnd Performing Arts Center! Or SPAC. Celebrating their grand opening, BBTG brings us Brawdeville, an all-woman performance art group from Wilmington, for three shows on the new stage. Girls! Girls! Girls! invites us along on one woman's voyage to self-discovery, blending sketch comedy, video, live music, rap and much more. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Call 704-334-1306 for ticket info. (Tannenbaum)

JANUARY 18

SATURDAY
Learn about the Celtic heritage of this region at the Celtic Traditions Festival today and tomorrow at the Charlotte Museum of History. There'll be discussions, music, dancing, crafts, food and more from 11am to 4pm on Saturday. Then on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, The Carolinas Piobaireached Society will present a concert of ancient and classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe. Guest musician and speaker will be Barnaby Brown, an authority on Highland piping musical traditions. On Saturday, museum admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children. On Sunday, admission is free. Call 704-568-1774 for more info. (Wicker)

If their prior two meetings against the Augusta Lynx are any indication of what's to come (W5-2 November 8 and W5-4 JANUARY 5), then the Charlotte Checkers are set up well for the third contest tonight at 7:35pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets to the match range from $6-$19. For more information, call 704-522-6500 or visit online at www.gocheckers.com. (McKinney)

The struggling Charlotte 49ers (5-7 at press time, following a devastating loss to Louisville on JANUARY 8) face off against the Marquette Golden Eagles (9-3) tonight at 7pm in Halton Arena. Tickets range from $10-$20. For more info, call 704-687-6310 or visit online at www.charlotte49ers.com. (McKinney)

JANUARY 19

SUNDAY
Support a radio station that does not play Pink's "Get the Party Started" until you want to injure yourself. WSGE 91.7 FM is a non-commercial, non-profit station powered by Gaston College that plays music by artists who don't get airtime on mainstream radio stations. The WSGE Radio Bennie features local and regional artists including Gigi Dover, Delancey Street, Michael Reno Harrell and many more. The event kicks off at 2pm at Puckett's Farm Equipment, located at 2740 West Sugar Creek Road. Admission is $5, with all proceeds going to WSGE. Call 704-922-6552 for details. (Herman)

JANUARY 20

MONDAY
Today, the nation remembers the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. The Queen City does its part by honoring King with The Dr. King Parade. Marching bands, community leaders, service organizations and steppers will take over the streets of center city Charlotte beginning at 11:30am. The parade starts at Trade and Graham Streets and ends at the corner of Trade Street and Kings Drive. Call 704-336-2424. (Herman)

JANUARY 21

TUESDAY
Chanticleer has survived as America's most successful full-time classical vocal ensemble for a very logical reason. Since 1978, the San Francisco-based a cappella group has concentrated on music that has survived the centuries, music that often pre-dates operas and oratorios. Barnstorming constantly across our land, Chanticleer sings an eclectic mix, crowing latter-day pop, jazz and Broadway fare in refreshing arrangements while reawakening oldies dating back to Josquin Desprez and beyond. Chanticleer's encore for the Carolinas Concert Association series begins at 8pm in Belk Theater. If you can get hold of a ticket ($25-$45), cock-a-doodle do it! Call 704-527-6680. (Tannenbaum)

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