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June 4 WEDNESDAY

Even the made-for-TV Inspector Gadget version of Meredith Willson's The Music Man proved that the 1957 Broadway hit still has a keen eye for the foibles of Iowans. If not profound, the dandy score still delights the ear. CP Summer Theatre launches its 30th season with Patrick Ratchford playing the fast-talking Harold Hill and the usual array of cuddly kids and precocious collegians portraying his easy marks. Susan Roberts beguiles the spellbinder as Marian. Curtains at 8pm through June 14th -- except for the 2:30 matinee on June 8 and the early 7pm start on June 10. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)

Don't mess with Texas -- unless you're the Charlotte Sting. The ladies play two home games this week: today at noon against the San Antonio Silver Stars, and on Friday night at 7pm against the Houston Comets. Both games will be played at the Hive. Tickets range from $8-$53. Call 1-877-WNBA-TIX. (Herman)

June 5 THURSDAY

Theatre Charlotte caps a brilliant 75th anniversary with their first Contemporary Playwrights Festival, bringing new works to their mainstage in reading stage productions. Serenity by Schuyler Baehman and Melissa Dudek kicks off the four-day festival at 7:30pm. Steve Willis' Shadow of Eldorado premieres exactly 24 hours later. Jerusalem by Robert Siegel launches at 2pm on Saturday, and Bob Chubon's The Privy War of Printz Cotton closes out the day at 8pm. Show up at 11am on Saturday, and you can gorge on all four plays in one day for $20 ($15 for students and seniors). The two scripts premiering Saturday are repeated Sunday afternoon at 2:30 and 5:30. Call 704-334-9128. (Tannenbaum)

June 6 FRIDAY

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are in town to spice up this week's music offerings, bringing with them the one and only Snoop "F'shizzle, my nizzle" Dogg. Also on the bill are up-and-coming act The Mars Volta, comprised mainly of the two guys with afros that used to be in At The Drive-In. Tickets for the 7pm show are $31.50 and $41.50, available by calling 704-522-6500. (Davis)

June 7 SATURDAY

Fat City hosts its third annual Brewgrass BBQ shindig in NoDa today. The party consists of a bluegrass showcase with performances by Acoustic Syndicate, Larry Keel, Emma Gibbs Band, A.L. Wood and more, along with some barbecue and a beer-tasting to boot. The music starts at 4pm, and the beer sampling will take place from 7-10pm. Tickets (all-inclusive) cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door with proceeds benefiting the Spread Your Wings Foundation for breast cancer awareness. For more details, call Fat City at 704-343-0240. (Farris)

The NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with the Journey Into Africa Gala. This black-tie event includes dinner, dancing and prime seats for Disney's The Lion King. It's $500 per person and includes the dinner, performance and a safari after-party. If you want to skip the dinner, $250 buys you a ticket to the show and an invitation to the safari party. Proceeds will benefit the Center's Education Institute. Call 704-379-1271 for tickets. (Herman)

June10 TUESDAY

Racing isn't just a spectator sport. The 10th annual Summer Shootout Series kicks off today at Lowe's Motor Speedway and continues every Tuesday night through August 12. Fans compete in races of their own, including School Bus Races, One-on-One Spectator Races and Power Wheels Races for the kiddies. Fans can also enter to win the chance to ride shotgun alongside NASCAR celebs as they race a quarter-mile in Winston Cup-style convertibles. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, and are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at gates 4 & 5 the night of the event. Spectator gates open at 5pm with preliminary action at 5:25pm. Feature racing begins at 7:30pm. Call 1-800-455-FANS for more information. (Herman)

Through June 22, the Public Library is presenting an exhibit on the Grand Ole Opry. The exhibit, which takes place in the library's Gallery L, features Opry photos taken by photographer Gordon Gillingham between 1952 and 1960. As part of the exhibit, the Public Library is also presenting the program, "Charlotte Stars on the Grand Ole Opry." Historian Tom Hanchett from the Levine Museum of the New South will discuss the local talent that made their way to the legendary Nashville stage. His presentation will take place at the South County Regional Library (5801 Rea Road) tonight at 7pm. For more information/registration, call 704-341-1176. Hanchett will be appearing tomorrow night at 7pm at the Cornelius Branch Library (704-655-9409). (Davis)

June11 WEDNESDAY

Henry Rollins and band will be at Tremont Music Hall tonight, playing mostly Black Flag songs. Along with poetry-spoutin' Hank will be Keith Morris, the original singer with the seminal punk rock act. All proceeds will go to the defense fund for the West Memphis Three, a trio of young men who were convicted, in a witchhunt/kangaroo court, of killing three second graders. The case has garnered lots of national interest, including two specials on HBO and support from around the world (see www.wm3.org).

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