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They're more mainstream than alternative these days (were they ever not mainstream?), but if you're a fan of 311 it sure is fun to dress up and pretend, isn't it? The alterna-metal-rappers bring their Chili-Peppers' knock-off act to Grady Cole tonight at 8pm. Alien Ant Farm, another cookie-cutter post-grunge act best known for a Michael Jackson cover, open this general admission show. Tickets are $30. Call 704-336-2462. (Schacht)

Today marks the debut of the new, ongoing Gay and Lesbian Film Series. Tonight's features are Friends and Family, about two gay hit men, at 7pm and The Trip, about the romance between a liberal activist and a closeted conservative, at 9pm. Both films will be shown at AMC Carolina Pavilion, and admission is $8 for each film. For more info, call 704-333-0144, or go online to (Brunson)

The inaugural edition of the Asheville Film Festival will be held today through Sunday at various Asheville venues. Approximately 50 films are scheduled, representing fictional works, documentaries, shorts, and student films. These will include a couple of Charlotte titles (Emma's Gifts, Rewind), many movies centering on other parts of the state (including February One, about the Greensboro lunch counter sit-in, and The Angel Doll, based on Jerry Bledsoe's book), and a handful of national releases (including the upcoming The Cooler, with William H. Macy, and a 25th anniversary showing of the cult item Attack of the Killer Tomatoes). For complete details, call 828-259-5800, or go online to (Brunson)

The Maestro of the Mando, Sam Bush brings his band (and mandolin and fiddle) to town for another night of New Grass Revival music. Bush didn't invent the mandolin, but if you hear or watch him play you'll think he did. Who knows, he might break out a song or two from his upcoming record due out early next year -- regardless, he's sure to get the place a'hootin' "n a'hollerin'. At Neighborhood Theatre. Tickets are $27.50; phone 704-358-9298. (Schacht)

After scrounging around the Wine Basket and the Evening Muse since the dawn of the millennium, Barbara Kidd Lawing and her Three Moons Performance Arts Collaborative invade the SPAC in SouthEnd for three nights. Relationships mixes mini-plays with performance poetry. Playwrights Anne Marie Oliva and Sniffer Thique are in that mix, along with acting vets Jorja Ursin and Craig Spradley. The prolific Oliva's latest, "Confections," focuses on the relationship of two sisters while Thique's "Untitled" promises to be more nebulous. Lawing takes the stage with fellow poet David Shuster and members of the Mind and Soul Poets. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

Sure, some folks see red at the mere mention of Blue Men, but there's more to the ear than meets the eye. The Blue Man Group is touring behind their latest CD, The Complex, which is, relatively speaking, not really very and includes cameos from Tracy Bonham, Dave Matthews, Nels Cline, Dan the Automator and Esthero for maximum cross-over appeal. But for folks who like a lot of bells and whistles with their Kraftwerk and Can-inspired, rhythm-heavy, post-rock live shows -- well, it probably won't get any better -- or bluer -- than this. At Ovens Auditorium. Tickets are $44; phone 704-372-3600. (Schacht)

Jordan Rhodes performs a tribute to Ernest Hemingway, Papa: The Man, the Myth, the Legend, for two nights at McGlohon Theatre. Portraying the literary icon on the last day of his life in 1961, Rhodes is joined onstage in flashbacks by Lynn Moore, who becomes five major women in Hemingway's troubled, adventure-filled life. The performances are presented as a benefit for the National Brain Injury Research, Treatment & Training (NBIRTT) Foundation. Tickets for the 8pm performances, $20 and $35, are available by calling 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

The Charlotte Film Society is offering a Bonus Week in its Second Week/Second Chance series with movies to be shown today through next Thursday, only at the Manor. This week's titles are Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, Levity, The Cuckoo and The Legend of Suriyothal. For reviews of the first two titles, see this issue's Film section; for other info, call 704-414-2355 or go online to (Brunson)

Chris Rock brings his politically incorrect stand-up comedy to Ovens Auditorium at 8pm. Rock was a Saturday Night Live cast member and has appeared in several films, including his most recent, Head of State, which was also his directorial debut. Rock is probably best known for his HBO talk show, appropriately named The Chris Rock Show (duh). The "Black Ambition Tour" is his first stand-up comedy tour in four years and his fans are salivating. Tickets range from $37.50-$55.50. At press time a few tickets were still available so there's still hope. Call 704-522-6500 for further ticket information. (Herman)

Artists and performers from across the nation converge on the 4th annual American Indian Cultural Heritage Festival at the Charlotte Museum of History from 11am-4pm. In conjunction with American Indian History Month, the festival includes music, dancers, storytelling, lectures, crafts and more. Traditional food, pottery, jewelry and baskets will be available for purchase. Regular museum admission applies: $3 children (ages 6-12); $5 students and seniors; $6 other adults. Call 704-568-1774 or visit for details.

The Carolina Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today at 1pm at Ericsson Stadium. Back in September, the Panthers' defeated the defending Super Bowl champs when John Kasay kicked a 47-yard field goal in overtime. Maybe there'll be another victory today minus the nail biting. Tickets cost $40-$54 and may be purchased at the Ericsson Stadium Ticket Office or by calling 704-522-6500. (Herman)

How's this for an evening of brain power? Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of America's foremost public intellectuals and the chairman of Harvard's Afro-American Studies department, will be introduced by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Wole Soyinka at Spirit Square at 7pm. Gates, who is also the author of one of the finest memoirs of recent years, Colored People, will speak about legendary black leader W.E.B Dubois and his vision for a comprehensive encyclopedia about the entire black world. In 1999, Gates finished co-editing the Encarta Africana, a 2.25 billion-word encyclopedia that attempts to bring Dubois' vision to life. Gates will also be a guest on Charlotte Talks on WFAE at 9am. Tickets for the Spirit Square event are $5 for student groups, $20 for individuals; call 704.372.1000. Patron tickets are available for $65, which includes a pre-event reception with Gates and Soyinka at the Noel Gallery; for those tickets, call 704-347-3844. (Grooms)

With a new producer in tow (alternative hip hop demon Dan the Automator), Galactic's new record (Ruckus) may venture into new sonic territories, but one thing shouldn't change: live, funk-heavy Galactic gets the booties shakin'. The New Orleans-based band brings its greasy funk to the Visulite Theatre tonight at 9pm (doors open at 8pm). Tickets are $25; call 704-358-9200. (Schacht)

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