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Summer Guide 2002

In Search of Cool

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It's no secret: Summer in Charlotte is as hot and humid as a sweaty armpit. The number one goal in this city is to find ways to cool off, whether it's slurping down a cool one on a restaurant patio or getting wet at a lake, pool or waterpark. Well, you're in luck: we're always keeping an eye out for cool things to do, whether it's a Jazzy Ladies film on the grounds of the Mint, learning to kayak on the Tuckasegee, heading to a big outdoor concert, or relaxing with some great summer reading. Summer Guide 2002: In Search of Cool combines all these and more, just so you can stay cool during the upcoming heat and mugginess. Have fun!

MEMORIAL DAY May 24-27BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING

ARTS CENTER130 N. Tryon Street, 704-372-1000

May 24-25 Pink Martini w/ Charlotte Symphony Pops

CAROWINDS PALADIUM 704-588-2600, 803-548-5300, 1-800-888-4FUN, www.carowinds.com

May 25 Joyfest: Kirk Franklin & more

CRICKET ARENA2700 E. Independence Boulevard, 704-372-3600, 704-522-6500, www.charlottecoliseum.com

May 25, 7:30pm Champions on Ice 2002 Olympic Tour features Olympic ice skaters from various countries, including Michelle Kwan, Alexei Yagudin, Sarah Hughes, Timothy Goebel, Evgeni Plushenko, Elvis Stojko, Nicole Bobek, Surya Bonaly, Irina Grigorian and more. Tickets range from $35-55.DOUBLE DOOR 218 E. Independence Boulevard, 704-376-1446, www.doubledoorinn.com

May 24 Unknown Hinson w/ Jem Crossland & The Hypertonics

May 25 Scott Carpenter & The Real McCoys w/ 4 On The Floor

THE EVENING MUSE3227 N. Davidson Street, 704-376-3737, www.theeveningmuse.com

May 24 Jason LeVasseur

May 25 Bever Nelson w/ Jeffery Hyde Thompson

FAT CITY3127 N. Davidson Street, 704-343-0240, www.fatcitydeli.com

May 24 Countdown Quartet w/ The Phundamentals

May 25 Confederate Fagg, Snagglepuss & Rockefeller Horsecollar

FOOD LION SPEED STREETTryon Street, 704-455-3200, www.600festival.com

May 23-May 25, 11am-midnight, daily. Three days of race-themed entertainment in downtown Charlotte offers live music, interactive games, driver appearances, show cars, racing merchandise, simulators, food, kids' activities and much more. Drivers expected include Stuart Kirby, Steve Grissom, John Andretti, Richard Petty, Kyle Petty, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte, Michael Waltrip and more.

Performers include: (Thursday) Hobex, Butch Walker, Pat Green, Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone, Brett James, Cameo and more. (Friday) John Kay & Steppenwolf, George Jones, Evan Olson, Better Than Ezra and more. (Saturday) Keith Urban, Seven Mary Three, .38 Special and more

LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL (LEAF)Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain, 828-686-8742, www.theleaf.com

May 24-26 A variety of performances & workshops including dancing, healing arts, poetry, hand crafts, kid ventures, camping and music. Performances by Donna the Buffalo, Ralph Blizard & The New Southern Ramblers, The Holmes Brothers, Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, and many more. Festival times are 5pm-12:30am on Friday, 8am-12:30pm on Saturday, and 8am-5:30pm on Sunday.

LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAYHwy 29, Concord, 800-455-FANS, www.lowesmotorspeedway.com

May 25 Main Event (boxing) Olympian and Charlottean Calvin Brock will join 2000 US Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez to highlight this professional boxing card. The event begins at 4pm. A limited number of individual tickets are priced at $50.

May 26 Coca-Cola 600 - Country music legend George Jones will perform his Vietnam War tribute song "50,000 Names" as part of the patriotic Memorial Day pre-race show. Pre-race music starts at 5pm and race starts at 5:30pm. Tickets range from $112-$5.

MYTHOS300 N. College Street, 704-375-8765

May 24 Grandmaster Flash w/ Rennie Pilgrim

NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE511 E. 36th Street, 704-358-9298, www.neighborhoodtheatre.com

May 25 Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group

PUCKETT'S FARM EQUIPMENT 2740 W. Sugar Creek Road, 704-596-9901

May 24 Moonshine Racers

May 25 Hobart Willis & The Back Forty

TREMONT MUSIC HALL400 W. Tremont Avenue, 704-343-9494, www.tremontmusichall.com

May 24 Capital City Dusters

May 25 Black Lagoon w/ Men of Leisure

May 26 A Child's Place Benefit w/ Near the Never, My Dog Kootch and more

VISULITE THEATRE 1615 Elizabeth Avenue, 704-358-9200, www.visulite.com

May 24 Cigar Store Indians

JUNE

ART/HISTORYAFRO-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER 401 N. Myers Street, 704-374-1565, www.aacc-charlotte.org

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm

June 14-August 25, Women of a New Tribe Photographic Exhibit is a photographic study of the beauty of a unique group of women by Jerry Taliaferro.

CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY3500 Shamrock Drive, 704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org

Through June 2 Community of Faiths: The Spiritual and Religious Heritage of the Carolinas Piedmont. Exhibit explores the impact of religion, faith-based institutions, and spiritual traditions on the region from early Native American villages to present; includes gallery depicting the live, career, and worldwide influence of Charlotte native son Billy Graham.

Through July 14 Raising the Roof: Barns of Our State. Photographic collaboration between the Museum and Our State: North Carolina magazine exploring a vanishing icon of the rural and agricultural South, the old wooden barn. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. Admission is $2 for kids 6-12, $4 for seniors and students, and $6 for adults.

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