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Wednesday, July 19

Punk-metal group (hed) p.e. (p.e. for Planet Earth) injects funky hip-hop into its self-proclaimed "G-Punk." Its newest collection of belligerent rock is called Back 2 Base X, which also has (gulp) some melodic songs thrown in. Opening for Kottonmouth Kings tonight at Tremont Music Hall. This all-ages gig starts at 7pm. Bring 20 bucks to get in. Info at www.tremontmusichall.com. (Shukla)

Thursday, July 20

NPR's popular Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! drops in to help celebrate WFAE's 25th anniversary. The weekly news quiz show takes a hilarious aim at current events and news makers. Former Michael Jackson video extra Peter Sagal leads panelists including comedian Paula Poundstone and Mo Rocca, political correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, through a "news Olympics" of sorts. And listeners can call in for a chance to have official judge/scorekeeper and NC native Carl Kasell record their answering machine's outgoing message. The live broadcast takes place at Blumenthal's Belk Theater at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20-$35 and can be purchased at 704-372-1000 or www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Calloway)

The Rush! Energy Rock Bus Tour makes a stop at Amos' Southend tonight and will present two up-and-coming bands. The Zac Brown Band is a country and roots-influenced rock band that's led by the storytellin' singer Brown. Wideawake plays no-nonsense pop-rock that's custom made for sing-along. Catch the bus for this all-ages show beginning at 8pm. Ten clams gets you onboard. Details at www.therushenergyrockbustour.com. (Shukla)

Friday, July 21

Tap mania hits Elizabeth Avenue as CPCC Summer Theatre crowns its first season at stately new Halton Theater with the dancing feet of 42nd Street. Anybody who doesn't realize that this tuneful tap-a-thon plays to CP's strengths will emerge from Charlotte's new music palace as a true believer after just one up-tempo clickety-clack ensemble. Mike Collins stars as Julian Marsh, the crusty super-caffeinated showman who will tell Cinderella ingénue Peggy Sawyer, "You must come back a star!" Greed, desperation, ambition, romance and rags-to-riches success -- with "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" to boot. The show runs through July 29, evenings at 8pm this Friday-Saturday and next Wednesday-Saturday. There is one Sunday matinee on July 23 at 2:30pm and an early 7pm curtain next Tuesday, July 25. Tickets are $14-$20. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)

Mexico City's Maldita Vecindad fuses rock, Mexican folk, ska and jazz flavoring into its version of rock en espanol. The band's been at it since 1985, and has released several acclaimed recordings, including the groundbreaking El Circo. It also appeared in Gift, a film directed by Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell. Maldita Vecindad turns up the tropical heat tonight at Tremont Music Hall along with openers Los Abandoned. The all-ages show starts at 9pm and tickets are $25. Details at www.tremontmusichall.com (Shukla)

Hell freezes over! Yes, we are setting the most unlikely of precedents, recommending an upcoming Davidson Community Players production as I Hate Hamlet opens at Hodson Hall. Why would I send you to a Community Players show way up in Davidson, where so many good scripts have gone to die? Because so many good, solid Charlotte theater folk are awaiting us at Davidson College through Aug. 5. Lon Bumgarner, quondam founder of Charlotte Shakespeare Company and two-time CL Theatreperson of the Year, will direct this rollicking Paul Rudnick comedy. He has managed to drag some of Charlotte's top stage talent up I-77 with him. Brian Lafontaine seems perfectly cast as the daytime soap Romeo reluctantly readying to moonlight as Prince Hamlet, goaded and schooled by the ghost of John Barrymore. Jill Bloede and Mark Scarboro head a professional-grade supporting cast. Evenings at 8pm with general admission tickets priced at $15, or $13 for students/seniors. Call 704-892-7918. (Tannenbaum)

Saturday, July 22

The Charlotte Sting teams up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Presbyterian Healthcare to honor those affected by breast cancer. Rim of Hope: A Celebration of Breast Cancer Survivors and Breast Health Awareness kicks off during the Stings' game against the Phoenix Mercury. Think pink as attendees are encouraged to wear pink and pink ribbons will be distributed to fans in tribute to survivors. The Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Presbyterian Cancer Center will get the ball rolling with coupons for free mammograms, an interactive healthcare area for kids and educational info. Fans can also send messages of hope that will be displayed during the game. Tickets range from $6-$36. Doors open at Charlotte Bobcats Arena at 5pm; game starts at 6pm. For info, to send messages or to purchase tickets, visit www.charlottesting.com. (Calloway)

The Lee Boys play what's been dubbed as "Sacred Steel" gospel music. It's blues-based, R&B-touched spiritual music that has its roots in the House of God church. The vibe is wrapped around the electric lap-steel guitar, hence the "sacred steel," along with infectious old-school gospel harmonies. The Florida-based Lee Boys are a family band of brothers and nephews. They will perform tonight at Neighborhood Theatre at 9pm. Tickets are $10. Call 704-358-9298 for more details. (Shukla)

Get ready for a horrific -- make that rocky horrific -- walk on the wild side as BareBones Theatre Group brings us a reading of Matt Casarino's descent into the trashy macabre, The PornoZombies. When a mad scientist goes from Frankenstein to filmmaker and reaches for the lowest common denominator, the results careen far beyond the wildest Hollywood imaginings (at a major motion picture studio). Ah, but this ghoulish 11am reading at Theatre Charlotte is mere prelude to The Wendy Readings that will follow. The trio of readings, a tribute to the late Wendy Wasserstein, kicks off at 2:30pm with the playwright's most familiar work, The Heidi Chronicles. BBTG then unveils two WWs that haven't been seen here before, An American Daughter at 5pm and the final reading, Sunday at 2:30pm, of Third. The Porno reading is free, followed by a talkback with cast and playwright. All the Wendies are pay-what-you-can at the door with proceeds benefiting the Buddy Kemp Cancer Center in Wasserstein's memory. (Tannenbaum)

Tuesday, July 25

Watch some of the distinct elements of Bollywood films -- colorful dance numbers, tales of love and revenge, and bigger than life characters -- come alive in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams. India's top film music composer A.R. Rahman wrote the score and a talented crew of young actors bring it all to life in this touring production. Bombay Dreams will be in Charlotte July 25-30 at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Single ticket prices for range from $20 to $61 and are on sale now at the Blumenthal Box Office at 704-372-1000 or online at www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Shukla)

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