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July 24 Thursday

Master of the mandolin David Grisman and his quintet will perform at Neighborhood Theatre tonight. Grisman refers to his sound as "dawg" music which, when it comes down to it, is really a blend of eclectic influences including swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy. It's unique to say the least and his technique is simply astounding. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets cost $35. Call the theatre at 704-358-9298, for more details. (Farris)

Before it was an Alec Baldwin film, Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss was a Broadway play. Now it's a Charlotte comedy at Off-Tryon Theatre through August 2. After Peter marries Rita, he discovers . . . oops, somebody else is now inside Rita's body. But the fantasy sitcom submerges us into some unexpectedly deep water as we consider who, what, and why we love -- and the meaning of it all. Significant who's onstage in this production at 3143 Cullman Avenue are Hugh Loomis, Jeremy Cartee, and Kristen Jones in Jonathan Ewart's directorial debut. Call 704-375-2826. (Tannenbaum)

After a bizarro reconstruction of Greek tragedy, The Farm Theatre yields the stage to a visiting group from Greenville, SC, and their adaptation of The Little Prince. Using just three actors, Mythmakers drops their resourceful version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic fable about a downed pilot who meets an alien prince into the Children's Theatre Black Box for three 8pm performances through Saturday night, plus two Saturday matinees. Regular admission is $15. Children, students, and seniors get in for $12. Call 704-376-5745. (Tannenbaum)

July 25 Friday

People in North Charlotte won't know what to think as thousands of hippies converge at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for tonight's concert with Phish. Following the death of the Dead's Jerry Garcia, Deadheads from around the world have latched on to this Vermont-based quartet. And despite, or perhaps because of, a recent two-year hiatus, Phish "phans" are still going strong as this summer tour is selling out like veggie burritos at a Dead show. Expect long, extended jams from the band, long lines for concessions, and one helluva pre-and-post show party in the parking lot. The twirling will commence at 7pm. A miracle, er, ticket (if any remain) costs $42.50. Call the venue at 704-549-5555 for more details. (Farris)

July 26 Saturday

Junior Brown sings in a baritone as deep as Ernest Tubb's, and plays guitar like a cross between surf king Dick Dale and bluesman Albert King. On top of that, he does that mean slide thing on his "guit-steel" combination guitar and pedal steel. His songs run the gamut from straight ahead country to rockin' blues to, yes, surf guitar. It's an amazing thing to see. He'll be at Amos' Southend tonight. Doors open at 9pm. Charlotte's own Avett Brothers will open the show. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $17.50 at the door. Ages 16 and up are welcome. Call the club at 704-377-6874, for more info. (Grooms)

The 1st annual WorldFEAST is going on today at what has become Charlotte's fest central, the Wachovia Atrium & Plaza. Cultures from around the world will be represented through music, wine, beer and of course, food. With a play area for the kiddies, this event has something for all ages. The festivities begin at 10:30am and continue until 7pm. Proceeds benefit the International House. Free admission. Call 704-333-8099 for details. (Herman)

Motivational health hussy Richard Simmons will be at Concord Mills Mall today from 11am-2pm. Wasn't he in our We Thought They Were Dead issue last fall? Well he's alive and still "Sweatin' to the Oldies" with an exercise program from 11am-noon. Afterwards, you can get your Simmons souvenirs signed in an autograph session from noon-2pm. If nothing else, the trek to Concord would be worth it for the sheer morbid curiosity. No need to bring your FoodMover wallet (available at; this event is free with a VIC card. Call 704-979-5000 for details. (Herman)

July 27 Sunday

To cap off their second season in Charlotte, SummerStage brings back the old-fashioned Sunday doubleheader, as two Michael McKeever plays are performed at Spirit Square. In the afternoon, the uproarious Open Season gets its final innings at McGlohon Theatre, and in the 8pm nightcap, The Garden of Hannah List gets a staged reading at Duke Power Playhouse. Very different from his backstage comedy, Hannah List takes us back to Nazi Germany and explores the nature of evil from a very unexpected angle. Graham Smith, Katherine Harrison, Tim Ross, and Holocaust survivor Susan Spatz are among the notables onstage. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

July 28 Monday

If you've been looking for more bang for your music buck, the Vans Warped Tour may be the deal you've been waiting for. The day-long festival rolls into Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre today and kicks off at 12noon, but it isn't your typical "shed" show by any means. In fact, you don't even enter the venue -- the whole thing takes place in the parking lot. There'll be four or five stages set up and the acts are staggered (perhaps in more ways than one) so the music never stops. This year's roster includes Rancid, A.F.I., Dropkick Murphys, The Fags, Vendetta Red, Pennywise, Andrew W.K., Mest and The All-American Rejects. Tickets cost $22.75. Call the venue's concert hotline at 704-549-5555 for more details. (Farris)

July 29 Tuesday

The movie Drumline alerted millions of people to the roaring energy of drum and bugle corps competition. A far, far cry from the old days of lame marching bands, contemporary drum corps perform intricate sets with complex, pounding percussion riffs playing off and around each other. It's a pageant, it's music, and it's intensely competitive. Every summer, Charlotte hosts NightBEAT, which brings together some of the best drum corps talent in the US. Beginning at 7:30pm tonight at Memorial Stadium, NightBEAT will shake from the percussive performances as the nation's two top drum corps -- the Cavaliers from Illinois and the Blue Devils from California - go drumhead to drumhead against five other corps, including this region's hotshots, the Carolina Crown. Gates at the stadium will open at 5:30pm. Tickets range from $8 to $50, and are available by calling 803-547-2665 or at (Grooms)

The Jazzy Ladies music'n'movies series continues tonight with a screening of the enjoyable 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears, with Walter Matthau as the boozy coach of a Little League team and Tatum O'Neal as its star player. Gates open at 6:30pm, followed by a live performance by Lauren & Friends 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)

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