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NEW WORLD FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS August 15-16: Mateo, Outer Banks, N.C.

PROMISE KEEPERS NATIONAL CONFERENCE Aug. 3-4: $79 adults ($64 thru 4/30); $59 youth. Colonial Center, Columbia, S.C. 1-866-PROMISE.

PURPLE MARTIN CRUISES Aug. 1-27: 7:30-10pm. Southern Patriot at Lake Murray Marina, Columbia, S.C. $27. 803-749-8594.

SOUL FOOD! AFRICAN-AMERICAN COOKING & CREATIVITY Aug. 1-19: Over fifty works including photographs, mixed media installations, paintings, and artifacts illustrate the roots of soul food and the development of black culinary traditions. The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tenn. 901-544-6200.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY Aug. 17: Eaglefair features Playfair: The ultimate icebreaker followed by an ice cream social. West Center Gym, 8 p.m.; Aug. 21: Common Book Program. This year's common book is The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. Byrnes Auditorium, 8 p.m; Aug. 23: Hypnotist Tom Deluca. Byrnes Auditorium, 8 p.m. Rock Hill, S.C.


2007 SOUTHEND SUMMER SERIES BLOCK PARTY Aug. 18: Come out to listen to local DJs while enjoying complimentary food and beverages. Attendees will also receive special shopping incentives from local stores like Niche, Blacksheep, Glamour Puss, and American Apparel. 2-10 p.m. SouthEnd.

AIRLIE CONCERT SERIES Aug. 17: Dance concert w/ Buddy Sipper and the Jetty Jumpers. 6-8 p.m. $2-$8. Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, N.C. 910-798-7700.

ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION Aug. 17: Featuring Jerry Douglas. $37.50-$49.50. 1-800-495-2295.

AMOS' SOUTHEND Aug. 3: Mothers Finest. 704-377-6874.

BUDLIGHT DOWNTOWN LIVE Aug. 11: Soul Asylum; Aug. 25: Warrant. Moore Square District, Raleigh, N.C.

CENTER CITY ALIVE AFTER 5  Aug. 2: Vertigo (U2 Tribute); Aug. 9: Wichita; Aug. 16: Liquid Pleasure; Aug. 23: The Entertainers; Aug. 30: Grand Finale! Wachovia Plaza Uptown.

DOWNTOWN ALIVE CONCERT SERIES Aug. 9 & 23. Rotary Centennial Pavilion, Gastonia, N.C. 704-865-5044.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Aug. 17: Enjoy a different type of music each month. 6-8 p.m. Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area, Kure Beach, N.C. 910-458-8434.

KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE Aug. 10: Clay Aiken w/ Raleigh Symphony Orchestra; Aug. 19: Ride for Research & Cary Cycling Celebration f/ Jimmy V Week; Aug. 31: G. Love & Special Sauce and Slightly Stoopid w/ Ozomatli. Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Cary, N.C. 919-462-2052.

MAYFAIRE MUSIC ON THE TOWN Aug. 1-31: Every Friday night for the best free music Wilmington has to offer. Wilmington N.C.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY Aug. 18: Soulful jazzy flautist Althea Rene,; Aug. 19: Recycled Percussion,; Aug. 24: Commedian Pete Holmes will open for Celtic rock sensation Seven Nations; Aug. 25: Fiddle player Natalie Stovall; Aug. 26: Black Violin, "2005 Apollo Legends". Rock Hill, S.C.


9TH ANNUAL EAST COAST WAHINE Aug. 18-19: Surf competitions in shortboard, longboard, pro longboard, advanced shortboard, bodyboard, and novice divisions along with a surf clinic. Wilmington, N.C.

64TH SPORTSCARD AND NASCAR COLLECTIBLES SHOW Aug. 10: Over 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, NASCAR, etc. on over 200 tables. Scott Building.

CAROLINA MUDCATS  Aug. 1-31: AA Baseball. 919-269-2887. Raleigh, N.C.

COLUMBIA BLOWFISH BASEBALL Aug. 1--6: Capital City Stadium, Columbia, S.C.

HAMMERHEADS SOCCER GAME Aug. 12: Wilmington Hammerheads take on the Bermuda Hogges. 6 p.m. $8-$12. 910-796-0076. Wilmington, N.C.

YMCA TRIATHLON Aug. 18: Youth athletes aged 5-13 years old compete in swimming, running and biking events. 8-11 a.m. 910-251-9622. Wilmington, N.C.


Briarpatch Aug. 4-5: It's a simply bodacious foot-tapping musical comedy. Ira David Wood III Pullen Park Theatre. 919-831-6058. Raleigh, NC.

CHARLOTTE COMEDY THEATRE Fridays & Saturdays: Short Form Improv, 8pm. SK Netcafé.

THALIAN HALL CENTER OF PERFORMING ARTS Aug. 16-19, 23-26, 30-31: Veronica's Room,; Aug. 17-19: Pal Joey, Opera House Theatre Company production of the Rodgers & Hart collaboration that introduced the first anti-hero to propel a musical, 8 p.m. $12-$15. 1-800-523-2820. Wilmington, N.C.

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