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Big River -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn July 1--22. Winner of seven Tony Awards, this heart-warming American saga of self-discovery and friendship begins on a raft on the mighty Mississippi River in the 1840's. Memphis, Tenn.

Charlotte Comedy Theatre Fridays & Saturdays: Short Form Improv, 8 p.m. SK Netcafé.

CPCC SUMMER THEATRE July 2-14:Seussical; July 6-14:The Odd Couple; July 20-28:Children of Eden. Halton Theater. 704-330-6534.

THALIAN HALL CENTER PERFORMING ARTS July 1, 5-8, 12-15: The Last Five Years,; July 4-8, 13-15, 20-22: Thoroughly Modern Millie. 1-800-523-2820. Wilmington, N.C.



FREE MOVIES AT THE LAKE Aug. 5: Everyone's Hero; Aug. 12: Barnyard; Aug. 19: I, Robot; Aug. 26: Superman Returns. Show starts at dusk. Carolina Beach Lake Park. 910-458-8434.

HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU Aug. 1-31: Narration by Meryl Streep and a soundtrack of New Orleans blues and gospels, Hurricane on the Bayou takes viewers on a tour of the Louisiana bayou and New Orleans. Crew Training International IMAX Theater, Memphis, Tenn. For more information, call 901-320-6362.

IMAX THEATRE AT EXPLORIS August: Mystery of the Nile; Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration; SHARKS: 3D; The Greatest Places. Exploris is home to the only 3D IMAX theatre in North Carolina. 919-834-4040. Raleigh, N.C.

MOVIES IN THE PARK Aug. 10: Movies begin each evening at sunset with free popcorn and drawings. Bring your own blanket or chairs. Freedom Park Amphitheater.

MOVIES ON THE LAWN Aug. 10: Summer movies on the lawn at the Outdoor Amphitheatre. N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C. 919-715-5923.

Fun Stuff

8TH ANNUAL "HEALTHY LIFESTYLES" TEENDRAMA CAMP Aug. 6-17: Camp on awareness of substance abuse with theatrical focus for middle and high school teens. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Afro-American Cultural Center.

ACCESS ALL AREAS Aug. 1-31: Explores the music industry and its physics, technology, history, artists and audiences. Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, Tenn. 901-320-6362.

AGAPE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM Aug. 1-17: A Christian program for children from kindergarten to 6th grade where activities include dance, etiquette, theater, swimming, field trips and more. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Nations Ford Community Church. 704-522-6480.

ANNUAL CASTLES & SCOOPS CONTEST Aug. 18: Sand Castles and ice cream come together in this fun day at the beach. Families and friends participate in this friendly competition to raise money for the Children's Museum. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $8. 910-254-3534. Wilmington, N.C.

BATTLE SLAM JAM 2007 Aug. 18 (rain date Aug. 25): Uniting the skate community, hip-hop culture and all the urban athletes to compete in a DJ scratch off, skate boarding and dance battles. Registration at 10 a.m.; event from 1-7 p.m. Grayson Skate Park.

BEAUTIES OF AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT Aug. 16-19: Sheraton Hotel and Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

BREW AT THE ZOO Aug. 4: A beer fest complete with live music and the chance to walk through the Zoo after hours. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, S.C. 803-779-8717.

BODY WORLDS Aug. 1-31: Featuring more than 200 human specimens that allow visitors see and understand physiology in an unforgettable anatomy lesson. $8-$22. Discovery Place. 704-372-6261.

CAROLINA STARZ HUNTER HORSE SHOW Aug. 18-19: Camden Equestrian Center & Entertainment Complex, Columbia, S.C. 803-432-1179.

CHARLOTTE CONVENTION CENTER August 3-4: Creating Keepsakes' Scrapbook Convention; Aug. 3-6: Mid Atlantic Fall Boat Show & Sale; Aug. 17-24: AEAONMS 2007 Imperial Council Session. 704-339-6024.

CHARLOTTE MERCHANDISE MART August 19-20: Men's Apparel Club; Aug. 20-21: Children's Sample Sale; Aug. 24-26: Charlotte Children's Market; Aug. 25-26: Vintage Guitar Show, 704-375-8444.

COMEDY ACTING DAYCAMPS Aug. 1-10: For boys and girls ages 8-18. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte. 704-540-7781.

ELDER GALLERY Aug. 3-31: A World of Abstraction. Explores the nature of abstract paintings as created by several noted abstract painters from different regions of the nation. 704-370-6337.

FLAVOR OF THE PAST: ENTERTAINING WILMINGTON Aug. 25: Local restaurants pair with historic sites to bring Wilmington's creative past to life. Dance, music, theater and visual arts are showcased in this unique and tasty twist on history tours. Tickets: $35 through Aug. 10; $50 after, 910-798-4362. 910-798-4385. Wilmington, N.C.

KIDSFEST Aug. 1-5: "Untamed Illusions" brings majestic cats and grand illusions for summertime family fun in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

MINT MUSEUM OF CRAFT & DESIGN Aug. 1-31: "Point of View IV": Windgate Charitable Foundation, includes a collection of 25 American, European, and Japanese art acquisitions in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal and wood; Aug. 16: Target Third Thursday: Live Jazz, view the collections and exhibitions and enjoy live vocalist Calvin Edwards and his Trio while snacking on light hors d'oeuvres.

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