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may14 WEDNESDAY

Who knew that a play revolving around nuclear physics would be a Tony Award winner? British playwright Michael Frayn's Copenhagen not only won awards, it's become one of the most acclaimed plays of the past decade. Based on the mystery of what was discussed during a famous 1941 meeting between Danish physicist Niels Bohr and German Werner Heisenberg, the head of Nazi efforts to build nuclear weapons, Copenhagen evolves gradually into a Rashomon-ish look at the impossibility of knowing the truth of a situation since each person involved will see the event from a different viewpoint. That's an oversimplification, but it's as close as I can get in this short space. Just take it from someone who knows next to nothing about nuclear physics: this mix of science and drama is a powerful theater experience. Copenhagen will be presented by the Davidson College Theatre Department, and directed by wunderkind Bill Neville, today, tomorrow and Friday at 7:30pm in the spiffy Duke Family Performance Hall. Tickets are $7 general admission, $4 for students. Call 704-894-2135. (Grooms)

may15 THURSDAY

When some of your earliest gigs include stints with Bill Monroe and David Grisman, you know you're likely doing something right, such as in the case of Peter Rowan. Among his impressive list of accomplishments, Rowan has been successful at whatever he decides to do, from mixing different sounds with traditional bluegrass (see the Celtic-flavored release The Walls of Time) to penning country tunes for the likes of George Strait and Janie Fricke. This time around, he's put a reggae spin on his music and he's bringing it to the Neighborhood Theatre tonight. The Two High String Band will commence jammin' at 8pm. Tickets cost $20. For more info, call the theater at 704-358-9298 or visit neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Farris)

may16 FRIDAY

Continuing to promote the works of regional moviemakers, The Light Factory will present The Third Annual Carolinas Filmmakers Showcase tonight at Spirit Square. A meet-the-filmmakers reception will start at 6pm in the venue's Knight Gallery, while the movies will be screened beginning at 7:30pm in the Duke Power Theater. Among the featured pieces are Coffee, Tea or Milk, about five African-American men mulling over the types of women they prefer, and the documentary Branson, Musicland USA. Admission is $7. For further details, call 704-333-9755. (Brunson)

CPCC Opera Theatre, in conjunction with Dance Central, will present C.W. Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice today and tomorrow at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Called "an opera of intimate beauty," the work dates from 1762. Here it will combine the talents of dancers and the chorus along with a chamber orchestra. Performances will be in Pease Auditorium on the central campus. Tickets are $12. Call 704-330-6534. (Wicker)

Local boy made funny Charlie Viracola will star in his own half-hour special on the Comedy Central network tonight at 10pm. Viracola, inventor of the wonderful place known as Planet Charlie, is in Charlotte for the event and will host a midnight premiere party Saturday at the Comedy Zone, where he, along with several other comedians, will perform. Following the performances, the Comedy Central special will be re-broadcast. The show was taped in New York City on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre. In addition to the Comedy Central special, this homeboy has had his own special on Showtime and appeared on A&E, NBC, HBO and MTV and has opened for such big name acts as Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey and Tim Allen. Tickets to the party at Comedy Zone are $7. Call 704-348-4242. (Boykin)

may17 SATURDAY

The Winston is one of the highlights of the stock car racing year. Think of it as the equivalent of other pro sports' all-star games. It's in stages, and it's usually pretty thrilling. NASCAR's all-star event will be held tonight at Lowe's Motor Speedway, beginning at 7pm. Other races today include the Little-Winston, the EasyCare Vehicles Service Contracts 100 and the Winston Open. Fans can also enjoy a Goo Goo Dolls concert, performed inside turns one and two of Lowe's Motor Speedway at 3pm. Ticket prices range from $21-$91 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS. (Herman)

Give something back to the community by participating in the city's largest single-day service event. Hands on Charlotte Day engages participants in 44 community projects, spanning a variety of sizes, scopes and focus. Projects benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and area non-profit organizations and neighborhood organizations. Volunteers raise money by recruiting sponsorships. Anyone can sign up by filling out an application at www.handsoncharlotte.org. The day begins at Marshall Park at 7:45am. After the projects are completed, a celebration will be held back at Marshall Park at 1pm with food, beverages and music. Call 704-333-7471 for details. (Herman)

Mecklenburg County Park and Rec will host A Day for the Dogs at McAlpine Creek Park (8711 Monroe Road). This educational and fun event for both dogs and owners will include flyball demonstrations from the Carolina Panters and the 2003 Skyhoundz Hyperflite Southeast Regional Canine Disc Championships. There will also be an on-site Microchip Clinic that'll chip ol' Fido for the low cost of $35. The paw-ty runs from 10am-2pm, but remember, your four-legged friend must be on a leash. For more details, contact Emily Watson at 704-568-4044. (Farris)

After eight days on the road, the Charlotte Knights return home to take on the Scranton/WB Red Barons at 7:15pm, followed by a fireworks display. The four game set continues with a doubleheader on Sunday at 2:15pm and concludes with a game on Tuesday at 12:15pm. All games are held at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC. Tickets cost $6-$9 and may be purchased by calling 704-36-HOMER. (Herman)

may21 WEDNESDAY

The Children's Theatre Ensemble Company's production of Buddha premieres tonight at 7:30pm in the Black Box Theatre at Children's Theatre of Charlotte. The story centers around a rebellious son and daughter, returning home unexpectedly on the evening of the Great Festival honoring the Holy Passions of Buddha. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Other performances will be held May 22-25 at 7:30pm and May 24-25 at 2pm. Tickets cost $9 and should be purchased in advance, as seating is very limited. 704-333-8983.

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