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Opening tonight at Spirit Square is Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's production of The Waiting Room. This off-Broadway award winner is a contemporary comedy set in a doctor's, uh, waiting room. Showtimes are 7:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 8pm on Friday and Saturday. There'll be a matinee at 2pm on February 16, which is the closing day of the show. Tickets are $15-20. Call 704-572-1000 for tickets and information.

North Carolina Dance Theatre's Winter Program will include the world premiere of They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, plus Chants and The Rite of Spring. Mark Diamond's They Shoot Horses is based on both the novel and the 1969 film. Chants delves into African tradition using simple a cappella chants with high energy choreography. The Rite of Spring is Sal Aiello's ballet set to Stravinsky's uber-classic score. Performaces will be today through Saturday in Belk Theater at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $10 to $55. Call 704-372-1000.

JAN 31, FRIDAY This weekend, Levine Museum of the New South will host a Sit-In Reunion to commemorate the civil rights sit-ins and marches in Charlotte and Rock Hill in the early 1960s. Events include the keynote address tonight in Rock Hill by Diane Nash, a participant in the documentary, Eyes on the Prize. On Saturday, Dr. Charles Payne of Duke University and Dr. Pamela Grundy of Charlotte will lead oral history panels throughout the day. See our story by Frye Gaillard about the sit-ins in this issue. For more information about these events, call the museum at 704-333-1887.

Special screenings of the HBO documentary Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives -- featuring narratives drawn from interviews with former slaves, and read by actors like Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa L. Williams -- will be held tonight at two Charlotte venues. The film, which won't premiere on HBO until 8pm Monday, February 10, will be screened at The Charlotte Museum of History at 7pm, while the Afro-American Cultural Center will air it at 8pm. The Afro-Am showing will also include a discussion and Q&A session with Dr. Jeffrey Leak, author and Professor of African-American Literature at UNC-Charlotte, before the film at a 7pm wine and cheese reception and then immediately afterward. Screenings at both venues are free, and refreshments will be served. For more info, call the Charlotte Museum of History at 704-568-1774 or the Afro-American Cultural Center at 704-374-1565.

Every Monday this month, WTVI (Channel 42, cable Channel 5) will show an episode of last year's wonderful American Roots Music series. The documentary recounts the growth of grassroots American music during the past century; it features interviews with some of these influential musicians, critics, and includes loads of footage that will make fans of the blues, folk, gospel, bluegrass or country music get chills up their spines. The first installment is tonight and starts at 11pm.

The one-day-up and next-day-down Charlotte Checkers face off with the Reading Royals at 7:05pm tonight at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-$19. Call 704-522-6500 for info.

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