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DECEMBER 22 WEDNESDAY

The Afro-American Cultural Center hosts Queen City Soulful Lyrics on the fourth Wednesday of every month. So, that's today. This event for poets, lyrical performers and visual artists encourages the audience to participate in the preservation of the African American tradition of storytelling. Hosted by Charlotte's MC JC, the event is free to AACC members and $5 for non-members. It takes place at 7:30pm this evening in the Center's Attic Theatre. Call 704-374-1565 for more information. (Vespa)

Only two more nights to see Mark Scarboro's hilarious one-elf show as he takes the Actor's Theatre East Stonewall Street stage in David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries. Tickets for tonight's and tomorrow night's 7:30pm shows are $20. Call 704-342-2251. (Vespa

DECEMBER 24 FRIDAY

Please be patient with any smaller children today. It's Christmas Eve and for many of them, this will be the most excited -- practically to the point of wild-eyed vibrating - they'll be all year. Try to remember what it's like and enjoy the, er, vibe. And one more thing: if you're not Catholic, don't go to a midnight mass as some kind of late-night entertainment, OK? Most won't tell you, but it kind of pisses us off. So Happy Holidays! (Grooms)

DECEMBER 25 SATURDAY

This is it -- Christmas Day -- the big daddy kahuna of Western holidays. Enjoy it, don't eat too much if you can help it, and drive carefully. And while we're giving advice, don't talk with your mouth full. And don't forget to brush your teeth. And cover your mouth when you cough. Look both ways before crossing the street. Don't take any wooden nickels. Don't do anything we wouldn't do. And watch out for that cop behind the billboard.

DECEMBER 26 SUNDAY

Following an eight-game road trip, the Charlotte Checkers will return home to Cricket Arena to host the Augusta Lynx today at 3:00pm. They'll be back at the arena as they face the SC Stingrays on Tuesday at 7pm. Tickets available at the Cricket Arena Box office, the Charlotte Coliseum box office, and at all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be purchased on line at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 704-522-6500. (Vespa)

DECEMBER 27 MONDAY

The band Clutch is where Led Zeppelin and Faith No More collide with fuzzed out guitars. Jam Room, the band's new record, is quite a bit funkier and a tad less noisier than before, but Neil Fallon and cohorts still take no prisoners with their stoner hard rock. With a dozen years and an armload of records behind them, the band's live shows are nothing short of furious. They will appear with High on Fire and Never Been Caught. Also see our story on High on Fire in this issue. The show is at Tremont Music Hall. For further details, call 704-343-9494 or log onto www.tremontmusichall.com (Shukla)

DECEMBER 29 WEDNESDAY

Thousands of fans will fill Tryon Street between 3rd and 5th Streets as the Continental Tire Bowl Street Party returns today. Cheerleaders, bands, team members and coaches from the two teams participating in Thursday's bowl game will be on hand to rally their adoring public. Given that UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the teams (Boston College is the other), the crowds are sure to be especially rowdy, er, supportive. The party runs from 11am to 11pm today, with a rip-roaring pep rally from 5-6:30pm. Call 704-332-2227 for more info. (Vespa)

While you're uptown for the Tire Bowl festivities, stop in to the Levine Museum of the New South for Gallery Blast! The museum's galleries will come alive with guided tours of the award-winning exhibit Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers at 11am and 2pm, hands-on textile demonstrations, a fiber artist, and other craft-related activities, Southern history and the opportunity to sample Southern foods like grits. The museum's other exhibits, Living Traditions: Folk Artists from the American South, We're Still Here: American Indians in the South, and Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes, will also be available for viewing. All activities are included with regular museum admission. The Gallery Blast runs from 11am to 3pm; for more info, call 704-333-1887, or visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org (Vespa)

The Charlotte Bobcats take on Ron Artest, Jermaine O' Neal, Stephen Jackson, and the rest of the Indiana Pacers tonight at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Ha ha ha ha! We're kidding. All three of the above were suspended for punching fans in last month's infamous "basketbrawl" in Detroit, and will be sitting this one out. That said, you should go anyway...we could win this one! Tickets are $10-$115, available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 704-522-6500. (Davis)

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