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Wednesday, October 05

If you caught the clear sound of the Chanticleer vocal ensemble at Belk Theater a couple of seasons ago, you'll likely want to heed our cock-a-doodle-do and head down to McCelvey Center for a fresh helping. The group delivers slices of a cappella heaven spanning nearly a millennium, including ancient chants, spirituals and gospels, jazz and pioneering contemporary compositions written expressly for them. The Grammy Award-winning chorus travels light and goes down easy, so your trip down to York should be pleasurable. Tickets for the 8pm performance are $25; $8 for students. Call 803-684-3948. (Tannenbaum)

Thursday, October 06

Before Hitler and his Nazi movement began barreling westward through Europe, novelist Sinclair Lewis sent out his alarm with It Can't Happen Here (1935). Now, in the docu-drama God's Country, playwright Stephen Dietz is warning us that it's already happening -- not just popping up occasionally in the headlines. Dietz zeros in on toxic Seattle-based white supremacists The Order, and on the life and career of Allan Berg, the Denver DJ whom The Order assassinated. The new Off-Tryon Theatre Company production bivouacs at the Southend Performing Arts Center, 211 Rampart Street, through October 22. Tickets for performances on Thursdays through Saturdays are $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors. A special pay-what-you-can night is slated for Wednesday, October 12. All performances begin at 8pm. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

Tom Carlson is the author of one of the year's surprise gems, Hatteras Blues: A Story from the Edge of America (UNC Press). An acclaimed former creative nonfiction teacher at the University of Memphis, Carlson tells the North Carolina story of Hatteras' Foster family, which founded the charter fishing industry on the Outer Banks in the late 1930s. Carlson digs deep to reveal the hard-nosed Calvinist bent of these pioneers; in the process, the writer brings to life the early days of Hatteras' development and the thrill of blue-water sportfishing. Carlson will read and sign books at Joseph Beth Booksellers at 7pm. For more information, call 704-602-9800. (Tannenbaum)

Friday, October 07

The other Wolfgang gets an airing as Vadim Gluzman joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in presenting the local premiere of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto at Belk Theater. You may be familiar with Korngold's work since he wrote the soundtracks for numerous Hollywood hits including The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk and King's Row. CSO subscribers can calm their fears, as the other warhorses on the program, conducted by maestro Christof Perick, include Strauss's Tales from the Vienna Woods and Beethoven's Symphony #5. Friday and Saturday at 8pm; tickets are $15-$69. An open rehearsal at 10am Friday is $10 for general admission. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

Ever wonder what that cute girl standing beside you at the Coheed and Cambria concert would look like in various states of undress? Then head down to Amos' SouthEnd tonight, where some of the girls from suicidegirls.com will "perform" as part of their Suicide Girls Live Revue. Lots of piercings and tattoos in all sorts of places where the sun don't shine. The Japanese band TsuShiMaMiRe will also perform. As you might imagine, the show is 18+ only. Tickets are $14 and available at eTix.com. For more information, click onto www.amossouthend.com. (Davis)

The Fourth Annual Mid-Atlantic Music Conference runs today through Sunday at the Best Western downtown. But the real action is on six area stages, where some 100 bands will network endlessly and try to catch the eyes of label scouts, sponsors and publishing companies. Check out www.midatlanticmusic.com for the list of bands and bigwigs attending. Tickets for individual showcases are $5 in advance; $8 at the venue door. Additionally, a $15 one-day all-venue pass is available, as is a $20 all-weekend, all-venue pass. (Davis)

Saturday, October 08

The ImaginOn Grand Opening turns 7th Street into a free family carnival from 10am to 4pm. Toasting a visionary partnership, Children's Theatre and the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County will throw a block party with food, entertainment, storytelling and drama. Tours will offer a first glimpse of McColl Family Theatre and the smaller Wachovia Playhouse -- destined to be known as the Mack and Wack. If you've managed not to notice the new Joe & Joan Martin Center, it's at 300 E. 7th Street. The Seventh Street Station offers 90 minutes of free parking, a good thing to know if you decide to subscribe to Children's Theatre's 2005-06 season. (Tannenbaum)

As Kermit the Frog says, it's not easy being green. But today Mecklenburg County makes it fun to learn about recycling and reusing resources to help our environment. Today is America Recycles Day, and the county celebrates with The Green Village: A Festival of Recyling and Conservation. The village features interactive exhibits, arts displays, demonstrations, games, crafts, a yard sale and a look at a hybrid Honda Civic. The event runs from 9am to 2pm at McDowell Nature Center on York Road. This week's Urban Explorer tells you about some of the festival participants. Call 704-336-5359 or go to the Residential Waste Reduction page of www.wipeoutwaste.com to get more event info. (Vespa)

Wine, food and art make a great combination, and you can sample them all today as the Great Grapes! Festival returns to Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. More than 150 wines from 18 North Carolina wineries will be available for sampling (we suggest you don't try them all), and there will be live music, gourmet food, art and other fun stuff. The $20 admission includes a souvenir wine glass, wine tickets for sampling and music. For $15, your designated driver (a good idea) gets the souvenir glass, four soft drink tickets and music. The festival runs from noon to 8pm, rain or shine. More info at www.greatgrapesfest.com. (Vespa)

Sunday, October 09

Carolinas Concert Association launches its 76th season with a proven crowd-pleaser as Sharon Isbin and her discreetly amplified guitar return to Belk Theater for a delicious 3pm matinee. The Grammy-Award winner is playing with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, an estimable group in its own right, touring the US for the first time in nearly 20 years under the leadership of Howard Griffiths. Isbin serves up two Vivaldi concerti -- with an equally engaging Albinoni Adagio on the side. The Zurich ensemble piles on a Tchaikovsky Serenade, Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, and Fabian Müller's more recent Labyrinth for string orchestra. Tickets are $15-$70 at the PAC box office. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

If you dig that bottom end and remember early-80s electro-funk, then Victor Wooten's Soul Circus is for you. Tennessean Wooten, one of the greatest living bassists and Grammy-winning member of Bela Fleck's Flecktones, has been hailed as the most influential bass player since the late fusion jazzman Jaco Pastorius. Soul Circus the album features bass superstar Bootsy Collins and pays homage to other low-end luminaries like James Jamerson, Willie Weeks and Larry Graham. Wooten's real-life circus will feature sonic magic, a light show, backing from family members and the spectacular eight-armed "Funktopus." Step lively into the ring with Wooten & Co. at 8pm tonight in McGlohon Theater. Tickets are $20-$25. For more info, go to www.performingartsctr.org or call 704-372-1000. (Crazy Horse)

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