The Light Factory's Factory Films Series will present Phreaker at 7:30pm tonight in the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Written and directed by Charlottean Mark Young (whose last film, 1995's hardcore cyber-yarn Dead Bodies, was well-traveled on the international film festival circuit), Phreaker centers on a computer hacker having to contend with all manner of obstacles, including a dogged federal agent and a homicidal drug dealer. The film's premiere will serve as a fundraiser for cast and crew members Andrea and Casey Cunningham, whose LA apartment was crashed into by a small plane, seriously injuring Casey and destroying their property. For more information on the screening, call 704-333-9755. (Brunson)
It's early September so the wafting aroma coming around the corner must be from spanakopita and gyros. The annual Yiasou Greek Festival is the city's most successful ethnic fest, luring thousands with its array of Hellenic cultural events, entertainment, indoor & outdoor markets for crafts, lots of art, authentic Greek cuisine and those yummy pastries. A wine tasting booth will be open, as well as an area for the youngsters, Children's Playland. The festival takes place September 4-7 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. Festival hours are 11am-10pm Thursday through Saturday and 12noon-8pm on Sunday. Admission is $2 per person and kids under 12 get in free. For more details call (704) 334-4771 or visit www.holytrinityclt.org. (Shukla)
In case you haven't noticed, Steve Martin is heavily into retro comedy. The comedian who taught us to dance like Egyptians has revived Rostand's Roxanne on the silver screen and reimagined Einstein and Picasso onstage. Now in The Underpants, the white-haired whiz revisits Carl Sternheim's 1910 farce chronicling the tribulations of a husband whose wife's undies keep slipping. Charlotte's preeminent fringe theatre company, BareBones, launches their first full season at their groovy SouthEnd Performing Arts Center (SPAC). CL's reigning Actress of the Year, Nicia Carla, is among the solid cast -- very likely as a scandalized neighbor. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)
SEPTEMBER 5 - FRIDAY
They came to London as buskers in Covent Garden Piazza, and they conquered. From 40p a day, soprano Rebecca Knight and mezzo-soprano Karen England skyrocketed to pop-classical superstardom and became the notorious OperaBabes. Welcome antidotes to Charlotte Church, or more of the same? Decide for yourself as the enticingly hyped duo invades Belk Theater in the Charlotte Shout kickoff event for 2003. The Charlotte Philharmonic will accompany the babes. If you like what you hear as much as what you see, make a U-turn and come back for the Phil's Celebrating America concert Saturday night featuring NYPD tenor Daniel Rodriguez. (Tannenbaum)
SEPTEMBER 7 - SUNDAY
The Carolina Panthers, fresh off a good-looking pre-season, will open the regular season against their ostensible arch-rivals the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1pm in Ericsson Stadium. The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the league and one of the most mediocre offenses -- just like last year, in other words -- but they've performed well enough in pre-season to leave us cautiously optimistic. The Jaguars, the Panthers' NFL expansion rivals, boast a new head coach (and former Panthers defensive coordinator) in Jack Del Rio. Single game tickets cost $40-$54, and may be purchased by calling 704-522-6500.