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MARCH 25 - THURSDAY
The Odd Couple of politics, Ralph Nader and Alan Keyes, will debate the topic "Big Business, Corporate Crimes & Regulation of Business" today at 7pm in Dana Auditorium at Queens University. Keyes is a former Reagan administration official who ran for president in "96 and 2000, hanging on to the bitter end and hogging time in debates between more legitimate contenders. Nader has been a crusader for a variety of important public causes including automobile safety and the environment although he's an increasingly marginal figure politically, as is evidenced by his participation in this dog and pony show. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Queens students and alumni. For more information, call Carrie Carper at 704-337-2499. (Grooms)

MARCH 26 - FRIDAY
Charlotte's masters of mime, Omimeo -- Hardin Minor, Eddie Williams, and Lazaro Memije -- celebrate the group's 25th anniversary with The Charlotte Mime Festival & Circus at cozy McGlohon Theatre through Sunday. Along with their usual bag of shticks, Omimeo welcomes a fine assortment of guests from Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers B&B, and the Fettucini Brothers. Aside from aerialist Meg Elias, you can expect Sean Emery, Kenny Raskin, and Steve Langley to delight with their clowning and juggling skills. If you've caught Omimeo's Phantazmagoria over the past couple of Halloweens, you already know that blacklight effects are part of the mix. Evening performances are at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, with 3pm matinees Saturday and Sunday. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

MARCH 27 - SATURDAY
The Verizon First Ladies Tour rolls into town today, featuring the multiple Grammy-winning stylings of Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and Missy Elliott. All three artists are helping return some much-needed heft to popular urban music, even as they sell records by the truckload (See our story on the trio elsewhere in this issue). Performance at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets for the show are $49.50 to $74.50, available by calling 704-522-6500. (Davis)

Danú, the name of a Celtic land-goddess, is also a hip, neo-traditionalist group from the world of Irish music. There's no genre-hopping or musical fusion here, and the recent addition of a warm-voiced female singer completes a balanced sound. Of course there are plenty of instrumental jigs and reels in their repertoire, but the emphasis on storytelling and their youthful vibrancy brings to light an original, contemporary twist, bent on avoiding playing the same old song. Local band Gael Warning will open. At Neighborhood Theatre, 8pm. Tickets are $15. Details: 704-358-9298 or www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Shukla)

After more than 500 years in existence, it's way past time for the Vienna Choir Boys to grow up. But as you'll see tonight at First United Methodist Church, the boys still fit into their cutesy sailor suits and caps -- and they still sound heavenly singing classics stretching back to the days of their nativity. And beyond: the Boys repertoire includes Gregorian Chant! Schubert wrote his first compositions while still singing soprano in the choir, and Bruckner rehearsed his divine masses with the ensemble while serving as organist in the court. The Boys should chime perfectly with First United's famed swampy acoustics at 501 N. Tryon. Performance is at 8pm, and tickets are $20. Call 704-971-4000. (Tannenbaum)

MARCH 30 - TUESDAY
Three cult offerings heavy on the ammo are featured in the Queens Film Fanatics Festival, to be held at 7pm the following three Tuesdays in the Sykes Learning Center at Queens University. All three pictures were breakthroughs for their respective directors: Tonight's feature, Reservoir Dogs, put the name Quentin Tarantino on the map; the April 6 attraction, Blood Simple, propelled the Coen Brothers into the majors; and the April 13 showcase, El Mariachi, brought Robert Rodriguez attention from Hollywood. Admission is free; for details, call Lew Herman at 704-337-2470. (Brunson)

One of Broadway's greatest flowerings of song and dance relocates from the crossroads of the world to Independence Boulevard as 42nd Street invades Ovens Auditorium for six toe-tapping nights (plus Saturday and Sunday matinees). The backstage story is memorable, but the glitzy spectacle is the big draw. Pulses always pound for the title tune -- danced on a staircase! -- but there's ample razzmatazz left over for "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," and "I Only Have Eyes for You." With plenty of Broadway pedigree among the principals, this Broadway Lights offering figures to dazzle. Tickets range from $23-$64. Tonight's performance at 8pm; call for other times. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

MARCH 31 - WEDNESDAY
UNCC honors the Supreme Court's historic 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, which outlawed forced segregation of the races in schools, with a lecture at 7pm in McKnight Hall led by sisters Cheryl Brown Henderson and Linda Brown Thompson, the named plaintiffs in the case. Henderson and Thompson will discuss their experiences leading up to, during, and after this landmark decision was made. The lecture and the reception that follows are free, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the Campus Activity Board at 704-687-2450. (Grossman)

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