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WEDNESDAY 3

NC Dance Theatre will present Innovative Works, which is usually their most exciting, creative program of the year. This time, it's presented in two parts. Program A opens tonight at 6:30pm and will continue through Saturday, April 6, with the rest of the shows beginning at 8pm. There will also be a 2pm matinee on April 6. Program B opens April 10 at 6:30pm and will continue with 8pm performances through Saturday, April 13. A 2pm matinee will also be offered April 13. Each program showcases the works of five choreographers and offers audiences an opportunity to experience a broad range of dance styles and contemporary choreography. Tickets range from $18-$25. For more information, call 704-372-1000.

The Charlotte Hornets hit the floor against the surging Miami Heat, who are competing against the Hornets for a playoff spot, tonight at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 800-4NBA-TIX.

Cirque Du Soleil's beautiful, surreal presentation Quidam continues its run tonight. The wonders before you will blow your mind, the costumes are magnificent, the music haunting and melodic. This is a show that must be witnessed to be believed. Quidam will be performed at Lowe's Motor Speedway at 8pm. The show continues on a limited run of engagement following a regular performance schedule. The schedule is as follows: Monday --- dark, Tuesday/Wednesday --- 8pm, Thursday/Friday --- 5pm and 9pm, Saturday --- 4pm and 8pm, Sunday --- 1pm and 5pm. For more information, call 1-800-678-5440 or visit online at www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Book of Days, an award-winning play by Lanford Wilson, will be presented by Actor's Theatre of Charlotte tonight through April 14 at Spirit Square. Showtimes are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday April 14 at 2pm only. Tickets range from $14-$18. For more information, call 704-372-1000.

THURSDAY 4

Rossini's eternal comedy The Barber of Seville will be presented by Opera Carolina at the Performing Arts Center starting tonight at 8pm. The show will run again tomorrow night at 8pm, and on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $10-$68. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.operacarolina.org.

The Food Lion Auto Fair runs today through Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Featuring over 2,000 cars, loads of memorabilia and parts vendors, the gold medal bobsled, and the traction-propelled Turbinator, a rocket on wheels capable of speed over 450 miles per hour. Hours are 8am-6pm Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday from 8am until 4pm. Admission is $8, with children 12 and under in free with a paid adult. For more information, click on lowesmotorspeedway.com.

Johnson C. Smith University is hosting the Wonderful World of Words, which continues today. The school will hold a writing workshop with Davidson professor Alan Michael Parker at 4pm in the Humanities Building, Room 108. Parker will also read his poetry at 7pm in Grimes Lounge. Tomorrow, Quraysh Ali Lansana will give a workshop at 4pm and read at 7pm in the same locations as Parker. Friday wraps up the festival with a panel discussion on poetry at 4pm in Humanities Room 108, followed by a JCSU student reading at 7pm in Grimes Lounge. For more information, call 704-378-1022.

It's still going! Victory Pictures' Terra Nova, the story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's tragic trek to the South Pole, continues tonight. The epic Antarctic drama runs through April 7, all shows are at 8pm in the Matthews Community Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. For more information, call 704-455-8542 or visit online at www.victorypictures.net.

Off-Tryon Theatre will present their next production the Miss Firecracker Contest starting tonight in the Off-Tryon theatre at 3143 Cullman Ave. The show will run at 8pm, Thursday-Saturday through April 13. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. For more information, call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org.

FRIDAY 5

Tonight, Factory Films presents a Carolinas Filmmakers Showcase at the McGlohon Theater. The event starts with a Meet-the-Filmmakers Reception at the Levine Museum of the New South beginning at 6pm. It then continues with a screening of several films at the McGlohon Theatre beginning at 7:30pm. Films include The Truce by Eric Rolnick, Noble Chrome Pirates by Jeff Nichols, Armor of God and Non-Abductee's Anonymous by Philip Powell. Tickets are $7 and are available at the Spirit Square box office. For more information, call 704-333-9755.

The Charlotte Hornets take on Michael "Ooh, my knees" Jordan and the Washington Bullets tonight at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 800-4NBA-TIX.

The Third Annual Social Justice Conference will take place today through Sunday at the Universalist Church of Charlotte on Sharon Amity Road. There will be over 45 speakers addressing five sessions: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender; Peace and Justice; Economic Justice; The Death Penalty, and a "Final Panel Session." Awards will be given for service in some of the areas. For more information, call 704-364-3835.

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