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The restoration of the Galway Plays Mozart engagement became a top priority at the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra after last fall's strike was settled. But we've had to wait nine full months. With the passage of the seasons, we've had a slight change in the program. Sir James will still play the Flute Concerto #2 in D, and maestro Christof Perick will wield the baton for Brahms' Third Symphony in F. But a scheduled Hindemith work has been shelved indefinitely, replaced by Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. It's understandable -- the Dvorak is more consonant with the Symphony's other summertime fluff, and we haven't heard from this sadly neglected composer since last month. A second concert is scheduled for Thursday with single tickets priced at $20-$75. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

C.A.S.T. defines its mission as "Experiential Theatre." With Lenny's Back, running through July 3 at 1118 Clement Avenue, C.A.S.T. is taking it to a new level, turning the joint into a funeral parlor in honor of Lenny Bruce's return from the dead. Lenny's entrance, we're informed, will come via a pink-flamed hearse. He will not be entirely alone. Live mannequins will be strewn around him, and the Mons Venera combo will play live jazz, dressed, we kid you not, as Chasidic rabbis. A host of funereal pre-show surprises await your delectation before Allan Todd channels the title role. Call 704-455-8542. (Tannenbaum)

The 7th annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas gets underway at Independence Park at the corner of 7th and Hawthorne (a nice change from the multitude of festivals held at the Wachovia Atrium). African-Americans share their heritage through music, food, dance, crafts, storytelling, workshops and more. The celebration kicks off this evening at 6pm with the International Drum Heard Around the World Ceremony and Community Fellowship. Festivities continue tomorrow and Sunday from 10am "til who knows when... and it's free! Call 704-336-7643 for details. (Grossman)

She landed the Best New Artist Grammy in 2000 for I Am Shelby Lynne (those wizards at the Grammies; it was the 6th record of her then decade-long career!), but afterward Shelby Lynne careened off the rails with an awful follow-up, 2001's Love, Shelby. The latter was more like hate mail from someone you used to care about, as Alanis Morissette's producer, Glenn Ballard, tried to re-make Jagged Little Pill and failed. Luckily, Ms. Lynne rebounded last year with Identity Crisis a return to the eclectic, soul-rich form that reminded listeners of Dusty Springfield one minute and Patsy Cline the next. Tickets for the Visulite show are $20 in advance, $22 the day of the show; call 704-358-9200 or go to for more information. (Schacht)

The Charlotte Sting offer a Sunday matinee as they host the mighty Los Angeles Sparks today at 4pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. The ladies lost to LA earlier in the season (82-68), but this time they will have home court advantage. Single game tickets start at $10 and may be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX. (Grossman)

Frye Gaillard will read and discuss his latest book, Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America, tonight at 7pm at Park Road Books. The Public Radio program The Spoken Word will tape the event for a later air date. 4139 Park Road. For more information, call 704-525-9239 or visit

The Charlotte Bobcats will begin stocking their roster with a live television broadcast of the NBA Expansion Draft on WJZY UPN46 tonight at 7pm. The event will be held at Founders Hall and admission is free. Don't think an expansion draft is worth watching? Remember that Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues, perhaps the city's two favorite pro athletes ever, were taken in the Charlotte Hornets' 1988 Expansion Draft. (Note: If the NBA Finals goes to a game seven, the event will be held Wednesday, June 23.) (Davis)

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