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Fun Stuff

BAC Invitational Criterium Cycling criterium will raise money and awareness for brain cancer research. www.charlottecriterium.org. Closed course, downtown Charlotte. Sat., Aug. 7. 704-332-2227.

Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash At 11-feet tall and tipping the scales at 12 tons these monster machines generate between 1,500 and 2,000 horsepower and can jump over 110 feet. www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. Sat., Aug. 21. $2-18. Lowe's Motor Speedway. 800-455-3267.

By the Sweat of our Brows The African American experience. Sat., Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnels. 803-684-2327.

Charlotte Antiques & Fine Collectibles Show Dealers offer antiques, home furnishings, fine art, decorative garden accessories, vintage collectibles and more. metrolinaantiqueshow.com. First weekend every month. $5-12. Metrolina Expo & Fairgrounds, 7100 Statesville Rd. 704-596-4643.

The Comedy Zone August. 4-7: Russ Nagel; 13-14: Jeff Dunham & Peanut; 18-21: Caroline Rhea; 25-28: Tony Rock. www.comedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Culture Camp Children 6 & up will participate in various arts and crafts projects and interactive performing arts activities. First Saturday of every month. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Three-day event showcases the best of the region's bluegrass and old-time musicians, mountain dance groups, cloggers and more. Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville. Aug. 5; Aug. 6; Aug. 7, 7 p.m. $10-$12. 828-257-4530.

Racin' Round the Bases It's race night at the ballpark with the pace car from Lowe's and other race themed events. www.charlotteknights.com. Sat., Aug. 28, 7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, Fort Mill. 803-548-8050.

Music

AMOS' SOUTHEND 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874 August 7 Dave Matthews Cover Band. August 13 Mother's Finest.

DOUBLE DOOR INN 218 E. Independence Blvd. 704-376-1446. August 6 Robin Rogers CD Release Party. August 14 Chris Duarte Group.

DOWNTOWN ALIVE, GASTONIA Main Ave., at Marietta. 704-865-5044. August 5 Coconut Groove. August 19 The Coastline Band.

THE EVENING MUSE 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737. August 7 Malcolm Holcombe.

McCelvey Center 212 East Jefferson St., York, SC. 803-684-3948. August 28 Doc Watson w/ David Holt.

NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298. August 20 Burrito Deluxe w/ Matt King.

Paramount's Carowinds 704-588-2600 August 13 The Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue feat. Emmylou Harris.

RODI 245 W. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC, 704-864-7634. August 12 Dana Robinson. August 13 Robin Rogers Band. August 20 Rene Russell. August 21 David Childers. August 26 The Lascivious Biddies.

VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 704-522-6500 August 2 Vans Warped Tour 2004. August 14 Linkin Parks Projekt Revolution Tour. August 18 The Dead w/Warren Haynes. August 25 John Mayer w/Maroon 5 and DJ Logic.

VISULITE 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200 August 15 Lucinda Williams.

Sports

Charlotte Eagles August 7: Long Island (7:30pm). Waddell H.S. Stadium. www.charlotteeagles.com. $5-$8. 704-841-8644.

Charlotte Knights August 1: Durham Bulls (2:15pm). August 9, 10: Louisville Bats (7:15pm). August 11, 12: Toledo Mud Hens (7:15pm). August 13, 14: Durham Bulls (7:15pm). August 21-24: Norfolk Tides (7:15pm), August 22 (2:15pm). August 28, 29: Richmond Braves (7:15pm), August 29 (2:15pm). August 30, 31: Norfolk Tides (7:15pm). www.charlotteknights.com. Sun., Aug. 1. $6-10. Knights Stadium, Fort Mill. 803-548-8050.

Theater

Camelot The majesty of the Knights of the Round Table returns to life as Robert Goulet ascends the throne as King Arthur. Aug. 17-19, 8pm; Aug 20, 8:15pm; Aug. 21, 2pm & 8:15pm; Aug. 22, 2pm & 7:30pm. $22-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Aug. 5-28, Thu/Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm & 11pm. $25. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

Kathy and Mo Show Directed by Ashley Kerns, featuring Jenn Quigley and Amanda Liles. Aug. 19-21 & 25-28, 8pm. $12-$15, Pay What You Can NightAugust 25. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

Omega A science-fiction adventure comedy by Tony Wright. It is the future and the male race has been destroyed by a deadly virus. Performed by an all-female cast. Aug. 6-Aug 28, Fri & Sat, 8pm. $10. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542.

Playing with Fire An allegorical comic fable of politics, greed, love and getting what youask for. Jul 29-31 & Aug 5-7, 8pm. $12-$15, Pay What You Can Night Aug. 5. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

Museums/Visual Arts
(June/July/August)

Afro-American Cultural Center The Pride Collection. An exhibit of extensive collection of art of the late Dr. Harold S. Pride, Sr. Through June. Juried Artists. Exhibit features local, state and national artists. Opening Reception: June 5, 4-6pm. June 4-Aug. 31. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Abstract Vision. An exhibit by Diane Foust. Through June 30. Charlotte Foust. Mixed media exhibition Abstract Vision. Through June 30. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.


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