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WEDNESDAY 29

The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte presents David Linsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers tonight through June 16 at Spirit Square. Showtimes are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday June 16 at 2pm only. Tickets are $9 tonight for opening night, June 4 is Pay What You Can Night, and all other tickets range from $14-$18. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues will continue at the Neighborhood Theatre tonight, running through June 9. The performance will star Glynis Bell, Rhonda Ross, and a third performer to be announced. Showtimes vary from day to day (Tuesday-Sunday) so it's best to call for times. Tickets are $32-$42. For more information, call 704-358-9298 or visit online at www.neighborhoodtheatre.com

The woeful Charlotte Knights take on the Syracuse SkyChiefs today through Friday at 7:15pm. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

The MFA program in creative writing at Queens College presents a series of Faculty Readings this week. All will be held at 8pm in the Accenture Auditorium in the John H. Sykes Learning Center. Tonight features Susan Perabo; Friday, Roland Merullo and Cathy Smith Bowers. The readings are free. For more information, call 704-337-2335.

THURSDAY 30

The band Chairmen of the Board, featuring the legendary General Johnson, will play Center City After 5 today, beginning at -- you guessed it -- 5pm in the Wachovia Atrium. Admission is free, and there will be booze and food for all of you needing to unwind after work. No shagging lessons will be given, to the best of our knowledge.

The Yorkville Players and Victory Pictures will present One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman at the McCelvey Center in York SC. The play will run for three consecutive weekends with curtain times each evening at 8pm. The remaining show dates are May 30-June 1 with a special matinee performance on June 2 at 3pm. Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, call 803-628-5025 or visit online at www.yorkvilleplayers.com.

FRIDAY 31

The newly adult (to the delight of his female fans) Usher, one of the most consistently popular nu-soul crooners, will appear at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre tonight at 7pm. Appearing with Usher is Faith Evans, Mr. Cheeks, and Jay-Z's arch-rival, Nas. Tickets are $20.50, $35.50, and $45.50. For more information, call 704-522-6500.

SATURDAY 1

The Charlotte Sting kick off their season tonight against Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks tonight at 8pm. For more info on the Sting's upcoming season, see Susan Shackelford's column in this issue. Tickets are $8-$50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

Comedian Bruce Bruce will appear tonight at 8pm in the Belk Belk Theatre Theatre of the Performing Arts Center at 8pm, along with guests Marvin Dixon, Hope Flood, and Holiwud. Tickets are $32.50-$37.75, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The 2nd Annual Sabu International School Benefit and Performance, a daylong event featuring drum classes for all levels of students, an African marketplace, a West African dinner and multicultural performances, takes place today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity. For more on the school as well as more information about the day's events, log onto www.sabuinternational.org, or call 704-535-8435.

Paramount's Carowinds presents Crossfire 2002 today, starring the band Newsboys. Also on board will be Tait and SONICFLOOd (yep, spelled just like that). Tickets begin at $39.99, and are available at Carowinds, by calling 704-522-6500, or at www.ticketmaster.com.

Discovery Place's summer exhibition, Bones: An Exhibit Inside You opens today. The exhibit will give visitors an interactive glimpse of what the skeletal structures of humans and animals look and feel like and will explore how culture, history, health, exercise and medicine are all connected to bones. The exhibit is free with admission to Discovery Place. Admission is $7.50 (ages 13-59), $6.50 (ages 60+), $6 (ages 6-12), $5 (ages 3-4), and free for children under the age of 3. For more information, call 1-800-935-0553 or visit online at www.discoveryplace.org.

OutCharlotte, for the fifth consecutive year, will sponsor a home and garden tour, Out In The Garden. The event will feature five gardens and two homes in this year's event. The tour runs from 10am-5pm, the Garden Party runs from 5-7pm. Tickets are $15 for the tour only, and $25 for the tour and party and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 704-563-2699 or visit online at www.outcharlotte.org.

Carolina Voices' Festival Singers will present A Spoleto Psalter tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral beginning at 8pm. The performance will feature choral settings from the Book of Psalms as created by William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Charles Ives, Carlyle Sharpe and others. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call 704-374-1564 or visit online at www.carolinavoices.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, children's songwriter Shana Banana, and the Andrew Thielen Big Band will highlight the second season of Performances in the Park presented by the Cornelius Parks & Recreation Department. All performances are free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring chairs or a picnic blanket. The first performance of the season is tonight at 6pm in Torrence Chapel Park. Shana Banana, children's entertainer, will perform international children's and folk songs and encourage children to learn foreign language words, phrases and numbers. For more information, call 704-892-6031 or visit online at www.corneliuspr.org.

The Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association and the NoDa Arts District are having their annual Home Tour and Arts Festival today. The home tours will begin at 10am and last until 4pm. There will also be an art and film festival inside Historic Highland Mill from 10am-6pm. Next door, the Johnston YMCA will host children's activities. Restaurants in NoDa will be open to provide food and entertainment throughout the afternoon and late into the evening. Tickets are $8. For more information, call 704-372-0207.

Tryon Distributing and Fat City Deli present their East Coast Brewgrass BBQ 2 today, beginning at 5pm at the Fat City Deli. The event, which features all the BBQ you can eat, a beer tasting, and bands including the Larry Keel Experience, Smokin' Grass, Cast Iron Filter, Fudd and Friends and more, is a benefit for Hospice of Charlotte. Tickets are $25, and sold only at the door.

SUNDAY 2

Carolina Voices' Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble will present their spring concert, A Musical Cafe, in the McGlohon Theatre of Spirit Square at 5pm. The performance will highlight a wide mix of styles. Tickets are $14 at the door. For more information, call 704-374-1564 or visit online at www.carolinavoices.org.

The Winans' Together We Stand Tour hits Cricket Arena tonight at a family-friendly 6:30pm. Tickets are a pocket-friendly $27.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.

MONDAY 3

The Charlotte Sting take on the WNBA's version of the New York Yankees -- the Houston Comets -- tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $8-$50, available by calling 877-WNBA-TIX.

TUESDAY 4

Ben & Jerry's Free Summer Movie Series is back in Davidson. The first movie, Monsters Inc., will be shown tonight. All movies are free, but please bring a non-perishable canned food item to be donated to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center. All movies will begin at dusk in the Ben & Jerry's parking lot. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Be sure to come early for trivia and prizes of free ice cream, sundae's and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Cakes. For more information, call 704-892-0604.

WEDNESDAY 5

CPCC's Summer Theatre begins their season with Oklahoma! today at the Pease Auditorium on the campus of CPCC. The classic musical (how classic? It's generally recognized as the first truly modern musical) will run through June 15 with showtimes at 8pm, except for June 9 at 2:30pm and June 11 at 7pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-330-6534. *

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