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OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD June 3-June 17, Thu-Sat, 8pm. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile A comedy by Steve Martin. Winner of the 1996 New York Outer Critics' Circle Awards for "Best Play" and "Best Playwright." June 3-5, 9-12, 7:30pm; June 6, 2:30pm. $9-15. Meroney Theatre, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury. 704-633-5471.

Rent A story of young artists in downtown New York looking for love and success and struggling to make their mark on the world. Jun. 29-Jul. 1, 8pm; Jul. 2, 8:15pm; Jul. 3, 2pm & 8:15pm. $22-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Scratchy Scratcherton's Revenge A play by Stan Peal. "In Milwaukee ... No One Can Hear You Hip-Hop." Not Recommended for children 12 and under due to Adult Content. Thur.-Sat. Continues through June 26. $15. SPAC, 201 Rampart Street in Charlotte's South End. 704-332-5300.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Presented by the Community School of the Arts Dance Dept. & Charlotte City Ballet Company. Matthews Community Center Theatre, 100 McDowell St. Sat., June 5, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. $6-$9. 704-708-4474.

Spirit of Freedom An evening of moods, movement, music and moments of life. June 11; June 12, 8 p.m. $7-$10. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Spring Student Performances Presented by DancePlace, the Official School of North Carolina Dance Theatre. Sat., June 5, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $12-25. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. [email protected]:Benefits & Fundraisers


4th of July

4th of July Pig Pickin' Also features live music and fireworks. Sun., July 4. The Penguin, 1921 Commonwealth Ave. 704-375-6959.

Baseball's Salute to America Celebrate Independence Day with the Charlotte Knights and celebrate America with a fireworks display. Sun., July 4, 7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, Fort Mill. 803-548-8050.

Celebrate America! A patriotic concert by the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra followed by a fireworks display. Sun., July 4, 7 p.m. $4-$8, free for members and under 3. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont. 704-825-4490.

Celebrate American Independence Weekend filled with readings, demonstrations activities and more. July 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; July 4, 1-4 p.m. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnels. 803-684-2327.

Lake Norman Yacht Club July 4th Regatta Lake Norman. July 3; July 4. 704-865-7390.

Lake Wylie Fourth of July Fireworks Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge, S.C. Hwy. 49 at Lake Wylie. Sun., July 4, 9 p.m. 800-866-5200.

Nights of Fire Fireworks and music extravaganza presented at park close. July 3; July 4. Free with park admission. Paramount's Carowinds. 704-588-2606.

Skyshow 2004 Music, food and fireworks after dark. Downtown Charlotte, W. Trade & N. Tryon St. Sun., July 4, 5 p.m.


Ben & Jerry's Summer Movie Series All movies are kid friendly or classics. July 12; Aug. 9. Free. Ben & Jerry's, Davidson, 202 South Main St. 704-892-0604.

Best of Full-Frame Documentary Film Fest July 15: Into the Arms of Strangers; July 22: Ansel Adams: A Documentary. The Light Factory, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755.

Charlotte Film Society July films: The Battle of Algiers (Algeria), Distant (Turkey), The Barbarian Invasions (Canada), Academy Award Nominated Shorts (Various). Also shown at Movies at Birkdale. Manor Theatre. 704-414-2355.

Monday Night Movies July 12: Cold Mountain (R); July 19: House of Sand and Fog (R); July 26: 21 Grams (R). All at 6:30pm. $4-$5. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Reel Soul Films Underground films by African American producers. July 24; Aug. 27, 7 p.m. $7. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Summer Film Series Snoops and Sleuths: American Private Eye Films. Films shown Mondays, 7pm, starting Jul. 12. Free. Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-6217.

Summer Movies for Children : Awesome Animals. July 6-7: Piglet's Big Movie; July 13-14: Finding Nemo; July 20-21: 101 Dalmatians. Tues. & Wed. at 11am & 2pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Wachovia Movies on the Green July 9: Pirates of the Caribbean. 8:45pm. The Green, 425 South Tryon Street.

Western Film Fair The fest features daily screenings of films and TV shows, dealers, autograph sessions, trivia and more. July 7-10. $20. Hilton, University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Dr. 704-851-3113.

Fun Stuff

Animal Aid Concert An evening of music to raise funds for local animal shelters and rescue centers. Featuring Starclimber, Laura Blackley Band, Full Grown, Robin Rogers & Phil Harmonic. Fri., July 16, 8 p.m. $5. Double Door Inn, 218 E Independence Blvd. 704-756-0487.

Battle of Huck's Defeat Annual Revolutionary War reenactment. July 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $3-$8. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnels. 803-684-2327.