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December 7, Wednesday

Chatty Hatty is Charlotte's first black, female disc jockey and she began her career at WGIV Radio back in the '50s when she was only 14. She was on the air for almost three decades and recently penned her autobiography Chatty Hatty, The First Black Female D.J., the legend, Radio WGIV, Charlotte, NC. She will be at the West Blvd. Library to sign the book, talk about her time on the radio and share tales of fellow disc jockeys Genial Gene Potts, Joy Boy Sanders and Rockin' Ray Gooding. Today from 7-8pm, make your free reservation at 704-336-6802. (Shukla)

In the wake of Moving Poets' cancellation of Holiday 6/15, perhaps you're looking for a truly lugubrious evening of innovative dance. If so, beware of the Requiem for New Orleans Dance Concert at UNC Charlotte through Friday. Although the cornerstone of the concert is imposing requiem music by Stravinsky and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this Department of Dance and Theatre benefit has funky, hip-hop ulterior motives. Toss in elements of traditional Nawlins jazz funeral service, spoken word, a live DJ and an elaborate video design and you could be dealing with an event that's downright uplifting. Tickets for the 8pm concerts at the Robinson Hall Dance Lab are $10 for the general public and $5 for students/seniors, with proceeds earmarked for the Salvation Army and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Call 704-687-2599. (Tannenbaum)

The upstart Charlotte 49ers women's basketball team, led by first-year head coach and former Florida Gators standout Amanda Butler, take on the Davidson Wildcats tonight at 7pm in UNC Charlotte's Halton Arena. Tickets are $5, available by calling 704-687-4949. (Davis)

December 9, Friday

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, of the legendary Marsalis jazz clan, will play at An Evening with Duke Jazz Ensemble as part of a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims via the Jazz Foundation of America. Marsalis took his inspiration from J.J. Johnson and toured with numerous masters before leading his own outfit beginning in 1992. Also performing are the Winthrop Jazz Voices and the John Brown Quintet. The show's at 8pm in the Freedom Center, downtown Rock Hill. Tickets range from $10-$50 and can be obtained by calling 888-547-6478 or going to (Shukla)

If you haven't been charmed by Children's Theatre's production of The Littlest Angel before, you'll certainly want to join the mad rush for tickets at cozy little Wachovia Playhouse in glorious new ImaginOn. Tarradiddle Players, fresh off their triumphant Velveteen Rabbit, take on this adorable tale of an impish new arrival in heaven who learns the ropes just in time for the arrival of a more famous newborn here on Earth. We won't bother enumerating all the performance times and dates through December 23, because half of them were sold out four weeks ago. Front orchestra is $18; general admission tickets are $14. Call 704-973-2828. (Tannenbaum)

OK, so you know about North Carolina Dance Theatre's unsurpassed production of The Nutcracker featuring kids galore onstage, the Charlotte Symphony in the orchestra pit, tickets $10-$55, yadda yadda yadda. Pay attention to THIS: For one day only, from midnight to 11:59pm on December 9, in cyberspace, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is offering a sale on balcony seats for a cartload of prime events at the PAC. Buy one TIP-TOP seat and the second one is free. Events include selected performances of The Nutcracker at Belk Theater through December 18 -- plus goodies like Alvin Ailey, the Radio City Rockettes, Little Women: The Musical, Hilary Hahn, The Body Chronicles, Peking Acrobats and Sex and the Second City. Going to will probably be less stressful than standing in line at Founders Hall or calling 704-372-1000 between 10am-6pm. (Tannenbaum)

Fans of the new Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line looking to prolong the experience would do well to check out this show: The mysterious Carlene Carter (granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter, daughter of Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, step-daughter of Johnny Cash) is set to play a rare solo show at the Double Door Inn at 10pm, along with local trio Volatile Baby. Formerly married to power-pop legend Nick Lowe and most recently the girlfriend of the late Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Carter, like her famous stepfather, has had her battles with substance abuse over the years. She and Epstein even went missing for some time a few years back, culminating in a heroin-possession and car-theft arrest. But also like the Man in Black, Carter's released her share of lost classics over the years, most notably the country-rock gems Musical Shapes (1980) and I Fell in Love (1990). Call 704-376-1446 for more information and ticket pricing. (Davis)

December 11, Sunday

A shot of whiskey at RiRa's is not going to cut it. True Celtic heritage is

on display at the annual Celtic Traditions Festival Saturday, Dec. 10, 11am-4pm. What's the difference between Celtic dancing and Scottish dancing? I don't know either; that's why I'll be going. The festival also has Celtic craft making for the kids and men in skirts (kilts) for the women. On Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30pm, the festival continues with the reading of a classic Irish play and a festive Irish music sing along. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. Call 704-568-1774. (Neumark)

December 12, Monday

Dubliners U2 are the world's biggest rock & roll band. OK, so that's stating the obvious, but aside from the other geezer rock brigades still touring, who else has such staying power (emphasis on "power") after 25 years? Musically, Bono and company still challenge the senses. And the band's activism (or more precisely, Bono's activism) is more refreshing than a stack of blinged-out rappers, mauve-haired alterna-dweebs or perky-breasted divas. The show is at the sparkling new Charlotte Bobcats Arena. As far as the venue is concerned, color me unimpressed: Unless you're sitting on the floor or the lower tiers, keep a barf bag handy. Keep this joint for sports and put the music back into the old coliseum. Oh yeah, one more thing: The show is sold out. Good luck! (Shukla)


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