The Royal Shakespeare Company continues its performances at Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, as part of their residency at the school. The RSC shapes Julius Caesar as a strikingly modern political tragedy that explores the machinations of seizing power and the corruption of attaining it. It will be performed tonight and Friday at 7:30pm, and Saturday at 1:30pm. Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the Bard's earliest plays, will be performed tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1:30pm. Tickets for all RSC performances are $68. Call 704-894-2135 for reservations. Check Davidson.edu. for complete Residency info. (Tannenbaum)
MARCH 17 - Thursday
OK, so the Mystical Arts of Tibet aren't likely to be booked for a stand in Vegas. But they are in showbiz. They've contributed to film scores of Seven Years in Tibet and Kundun, cut two CDs that made the Top 10 on the New Age charts, and shared the stage with the likes of Philip Glass, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Patti Smith, and, believe it or not, the Beastie Boys. Quietly at Founders Hall and on the campus of UNC-Charlotte, these brightly costumed monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are infiltrating our polluted, commercialized environment with their ancient rites of reverence and contemplation. Playing traditional instruments at intimate McGlohon for two evenings, the ensemble will perform ancient music featuring multiphonic zokkay chanting. Hey you try chanting three notes at the same time. Tickets are a lowkey $12.50-$25. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)
BareBones Theatre Group's production of David Hare's The Blue Room (yes, the Nicole Kidman naked on Broadway Blue Room) continues its run at SPAC at 211 Rampart Street in South End today through Saturday, and the following Thursday through Saturday, March 26. All shows at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)
MARCH 18 - Friday
The CPCC Spring Literary Festival gets cranked up today and runs through next Thursday. The festival features a variety of authors and poets reading from their work and/or leading workshops, plus some lit-connected music, history-related workshops, and a little visual art. Today's events feature poetry readings in NoDa. Authors featured in the festival, most of which takes place in Pease Auditorium at CPCC, include Geraldine Brooks (March), James McBride (The Color of Water), Judy Goldman (Early Leaving), John Blake (Children of the Movement), Alan Michael Parker (Cry Uncle), and others. CPCC Literary Festival events are free. For a complete schedule, albeit in pieces, go to www.cpcc.edu/literary/2005. (Grooms)
Years in the making, the debut disc from local octet Pyramid gets christened this evening with a full-band experience at the Neighborhood Theatre. The First American explores the far reaches of American roots music, confounding any expectations about exactly what that might constitute. This is an opportunity to pick up the disc and then hear the band take it apart in a live setting. The show starts at 10pm with a set that's sure to sizzle from the aptly named Dynamite Brothers, and tickets are $7 in advance and $9 the day of the show. For more information go to www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Schacht)
The folks in NoDa will turn their Gallery crawl into a Paddy Crawl in honor of St. Patrick's Day, tonight from 7pm until. It's still a gallery crawl, but the businesses will be participating with "Irish" flair featuring artwork, music, and cuisine. Special music will take place at most of the Galleries and at The Neighborhood Theatre and The Evening Muse. NoDa can be found along N. Davidson St. from 28th St., along 36th St., on up to Craighead. For more info and maps, visit www.noda.org.
Billed as "The Good... The Bad... The Nappy," the short films showcase Twists, Dreds, Perms & Fro's II will be presented at 7pm and again at 9pm tonight at Spirit Square. The "sequel" to a similar event held two years ago by Charlotte film organizer Dennis Darrell, the program will feature four pictures by African-American female filmmakers: Regina Kimbell's My Nappy Roots, Jennifer Haskin-O'Reggio's The Mirror Lied (recipient of a Student Academy Award), Ayoka Chenzira's Hairpiece: A Film For Nappyheaded Peoples and Marianne Lewis' Go With the Fro. The event will also feature live music, vendors and a post-screening discussion. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For details, go to www.goodpeoples.com or call 704-492-2519. (Brunson)
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will feature Ian Parker pounding out the familiar block chords of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue as the evening's centerpiece. The rest of the show is equally all-American with works by Samuel Barber and Michael Daugherty, including the latter's Metropolis Symphony, celebrating the heroic comic book exploits of Superman in his never-ending battle for truth, justice, and a triumphant return to the dominant chord. Tickets are $14-$68 for the Friday and Saturday evening performances, or you can peep in on an open Friday morning rehearsal for $10 at 10am. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)
A past winner of CL's Best Original Show award continues its rise from the dead as Tony Wright's Vampire Love is produced by Actor's Gym in Carolina Actor's Studio Theatre's performance space at 1118 Clement Avenue. 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 today through March 27. All tickets are $10. Call 704-455-8542. (Tannenbaum)
Other Club Shows of Note: Punkers New Found Glory shake the rafters at Tremont...Hadden Sayers gets the blues at the Double Door Inn...Truck Stop Preachers (formerly 4 On the Floor) boogie at Puckett's Farm Equipment.
MARCH 19 - Saturday
Tonight at 8pm at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre, a group of local performers will present Pardon my Southern Accent, a theatrical concert celebrating the South. It'll be performed by a seven-piece band and three lead singers, and will feature an onstage late-night Southern DJ, "the Skylark." Presented as an old-time radio show, Pardon features "tracks" like "Moon River" and "Chain Of Fools," as performed by a group that includes Jim Wann, Don Dixon, Rodney Marsh, Beth Chorneau, Patricia Miller, Jim Brock, Jamie Hoover, Ryan Weaver, and Tim Gordon. (Wann is perhaps best-known as the principal author-composer of the Tony-nominated Pump Boys and Dinettes.) Reserved seating tickets for the performance are $13.50 to $17.50, and are available online at www.visulite.com, by phone at 704-372-1000 or online at www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Davis)
Club Shows of Note: Internationally renowned DJ Lee Burridge spins at Taboo...Hardcore enthusiasts Sever the Tie bludgeon their fans at Tremont...the blu-jazz (as opposed to bluegrass) trio Steel String Theory plays the Evening Muse.
MARCH 22 - Tuesday
Veteran political reporter Gwen Ifill of Washington Week on PBÍ, is featured guest speaker at The Charlotte Museum of History today from 7-9pm, as part of the Museum's "Distinguished Speaker Series." Ifill will discuss "Politics, Policy, and Reality: What's Really Going On in Washington." For further details call 704-568-1774, ext. 114.