The sufferings of Job have inspired numerous philosophers and poets, including dramas by Archibald MacLeish and Robert Frost. So we should be only moderately surprised that the biblical patriarch has now cast his spell on Broadway's King of Comedy, the eminently bankable Neil Simon. In God's Favorite, Job is now Joe, a tycoon living in a Long Island mansion with his wife, prodigal son, and a pair of kookie twins. CP Summer Theatre's production, running through July 12, will count on longtime Charlotte faves Dennis Delamar, Polly Adkins, and Kevin Campbell to deliver on its "laugh-a-minute" prophecies. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)
If you weren't lucky enough to book a beach house for the weekend, there's a much more affordable way to celebrate the 4th closer to home. SkyShow 2003 takes over uptown Charlotte today starting at 2pm and runs through midnight. The all-day festival features Sister Hazel performing at 8:30pm and, of course, the WBT Fireworks Show at 10pm, which is supposed to be "bigger and better than ever." The event is free, but be sure to bring some cash for the traditional greasy-but-oh-so-good festival food. Call 704-374-3558 or visit www.skyhow.net for details. (Herman)
Like most any other holiday in the good ol' US of A, the 4th of July has become a major party day for some local clubs. In addition to the pig pickings and barbecues at some, most are also supplying a hearty helping of local, regional and national talent. The Penguin Drive-In (1921 Commonwealth Ave., 704-375-6959) is hosting their annual party for the Fourth with featured guests Gigi Dover, David Childers, Dave Rhames and Lou Ford. The music starts up around 4:30pm and admission is free.
Over in NoDa, Fat City (3127 N. Davidson St., 704-343-0240) is throwing their annual Hard Times Picnic where performers include Babyshaker, Snagglepuss, Semi-Pro and The Scrubbies. Doors open at 5pm and tickets cost $10 (over 21) and $12 (under 21). For late night partygoers, Mythos (300 N. College St., 704-375-8765) is hosting a live DJ performance with Daniel Ash (of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fame) and Superstar DJ Keoki, a legend on the NYC club scene. Doors open at 10pm and tickets cost $15 in advance (limited number available) and $18.
And for those music fans who like to stretch the holiday out over a few days, The Room (1812 Montford Dr., 704-527-4511) is throwing a three-day showcase with acts like Leisure McCorkle, Etheric, The Talk, Captain Easy, First Night On Earth, Delancey Street Band and many more. Tickets cost $8 per day or $20 for a three-day pass. (Farris)
Staley, Stinson & Co. continue to have a strong season. Watch the Charlotte Sting do their thing as they host the Sacramento Monarchs tonight at the Hive. Tip-off is at 6pm. Tickets cost $8-$53 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX. (Herman)
A new season of Monday Night Movies at Spirit Square begins tonight with a screening of the mega-smash indie flick My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Showing only Academy Award nominees and winners from last year, the series will also air the likes of Frida, The Hours and, of course, Chicago. Movies begin at 6:30pm in the venue's McGlohon Theatre. Tickets (available at the door) are $5 ($4 for seniors), with popcorn, candy and soda available for $1 apiece. For a complete list of titles or other information, call 704-372-1000. (Brunson)
The perennial Jazzy Ladies music'n'movies series will feature an apt theme for this year's program: "Boys of Summer." Five baseball flicks will be showcased, along with live performances by local jazz musicians, on the front lawn of the Mint Museum of Art. The series kicks off tonight with the sleeper hit The Rookie, preceded by a musical performance by Celine Berman and Jazztrack. Other upcoming titles include John Sayles' overlooked gem Eight Men Out (July 15), as well as the movie chosen by both Sports Illustrated and yours truly as the greatest sports film ever made: 1988's Bull Durham (August 5). Gates open at 6:30pm, followed by the jazz show at 7:15pm and the movie at 9pm. Tickets cost $7 general public, $5 Mint members, and free for Young Affiliates of the Mint. For a complete schedule or other info, call 704-337-2093. (Brunson)