Are you ready for a heavy dose of Shakespeare? Head up I-77 to Exit 30 and turn right. That's where the Royal Shakespeare Company Residency at Davidson College begins with comedy tonight, tragedy tomorrow, and an impressive array of lectures, master classes and symposia through March 20. If you're used to the frothier Shakespearean comedies, Two Gentlemen of Verona (through March 20) can be a pleasant surprise with its evil edge. Yes, it all ends well — but a tad uncomfortably well. Tomorrow the RSC follows with Julius Caesar (through March 19), a strikingly modern political tragedy that explores the machinations of seizing power and the corruption of attaining it. Tickets for all RSC performances are $68, for showtimes check Davidson.edu. Call 704-894-2135 for reservations and complete Residency info. (Tannenbaum)
10 - THURSDAY
If you can't recall what the big woof was about when David Hare's The Blue Room hit Broadway back in 1998, two words should suffice: Nicole Kidman. The 10 dialogues upon which Hare's script was based were first written in 1896-97 by Arthur Schnitzler. When the play was finally mounted in Schnitzler's native Vienna in 1921, it was denounced as "Jewish filth" and demolished by proto-Nazi youth. You may wonder over all the brouhaha in Hare's lightened version as James Yost and newcomer Jocelyn Rose play the circle of 10 characters in BareBones Theatre Group's production at SPAC through March 27. You can bet less anatomy will be exposed in SouthEnd than in the Broadway version. Schnitzler's play was never about nudity, just about sexuality — and the sexplosions are incidental to the main scuffling. All shows at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, with a Pay-What-You-Can scheduled on March 14 at 211 Rampart Street. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)
11 - FRIDAY
The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week series kicks off its spring schedule today at the Manor Theatre. This week showcases Mike Leigh's Oscar-nominated drama Vera Drake, the Claire Danes period piece Stage Beauty and the French psychological thriller Red Lights. For reviews of the three titles, as well as a schedule of the complete spring lineup, see this issue's Film section; for information on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to http://charlottefilmsociety.com. (Brunson)
From the early 60s, when they were an up-and-coming act in the fertile Detroit scene to the worldwide renown they enjoy today, The Temptations have always been among soul music's greatest ambassadors. Though only Otis
Williams remains from the classic quintet responsible for the megahits "Get Ready," "Ain't too Proud to Beg," and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," the current lineup maintains the band's tradition of skillful showmanship and flawless vocal arrangements. You can catch those classic songs, along with a host of newer material, when The Temptations open a two-night stand tonight with the Charlotte Symphony as their backing band at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets for either show — both of which begin at 8pm — range from $18-$58. For more information, call 704-972-2000. (Schacht)
A past winner of CL's Best Original Show award returns from the undead as Tony Wright's Vampire Love alights at the Carolina Actor's Studio Theatre for the first time since its birth in 2000. Wright's inimitable talents for salacious trash should improve with age as he brings a new Actor's Gym production to 1118 Clement Avenue, where he can take advantage of CAST's more advanced technical resources. Bottom line, expect some sexy entertainment that's long-in-the-tooth and aiming straight for the jugular. Tony and Courtney Wright take the big bites into the scant S&M costumes of Karen Surprise and Tara Watts through March 26. All tickets are $10. Call 704-455-8542. (Tannenbaum)
12 - SATURDAY
The Ninth Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival will liven up the environs of downtown today. The festival begins at 10am and goes into the wee hours of the night. The parade will begin in front of the Charlotte Observer Building at 10am and continue to Tryon and 9th St. The festival is free and will take place on 3rd St. between Tryon St. and Church St. Expect plenty of Irish music, bagpipers, Irish dancers, food and Irish crafts and beverages. The headline band will be Derek Warfield's Wolfe Tones from Ireland. The Federal Brothers Band will also perform throughout the day. For further details call 704-542-6846 or hop on over to www.charlottestpatsday.com.
Delve into a meditation-by-paint as the fourth installment of the VantagePoint series at the Mint Museum of Art features Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. Paintings drawn from Notation, Field, and Pulse highlight Michael's investigation of perception and conceptual insight as he explores the way images are built layer upon layer through the use of multiple, repetitive marks. This exhibit will be on view from today through July 3. For more information call 704-337-2000 or go to www.mintmuseum.org. (Magner)
14 - MONDAY
Two star-crossed lovers get a wintry makeover as St. Petersburg Ballet brings its production of Romeo and Juliet to the US for the first time. While France has always supplied the language of balletomanes, Russia retains its cachet in ballet where it counts the most — in its dance troupes and in its music. Prokofiev's music for R&J is surely the most revered ballet score since Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky pioneered the medium. A certain amount of Stravinskian savagery lurks in the score, allowing the ballerinas to let their hair down. The St. Pete product is all-Russian, choreographed by the company's artistic director, Yuri Petukhov. Tickets for this Carolinas Concert Association event at the Belk are $30-$65. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)
15 - TUESDAY
The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery of Tibet, living in India since the Chinese takeover of Tibet in the 50s, will be in town creating a sand painting and performing at Spirit Square. First up is a mandala sand painting, a spiritual art form to purify and heal the environment and humanity. The monks create a mandala one colored grain of sand at a time. They will create the painting on a wooden platform at Founders Hall with an opening ceremony on Mar. 15 at noon, which will involve 30 minutes of music, chanting and mantra recitation. After four days of creating it, the lamas will hold a closing ceremony on Mar. 18 at noon and dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of life and all that's in it. Half the sand is given to people as blessings for health and healing and the remaining sand is carried by the lamas to a nearby, flowing body of water and poured in. On March 17 and 18 the lamas will perform sacred music as part of their international tour of The Mystical Arts of Tibet. More details on that in next week's See and Do.
Correction: The photo of Charlotte Bobcats in last week's paper See & Do section should have been credited to Ron DeShaies.