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Wednesday, September 06

As Charlotte is about to discover from the true-life example of one of its own -- Charlotte von Mahlsdorf -- it takes a certain amount of balls to live in Berlin without apologies as a transvestite. Doing it in Nazi Germany and then under the Communists of the German Democratic Republic requires extra testosterone. And a certain amount of ruthlessness. Scott Ripley, best remembered as the paranoid fugitive in last season's Bug, returns to portray the wily, antique-hunting Charlotte (née Lothar Berfelde) in I Am My Own Wife. Along his remarkable one-person route, Ripley will also channel nearly three dozen other characters -- including My Own Wife playwright Doug Wright. Wednesdays through Saturdays at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall Street, through Sept. 23. Curtain rises at 7:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays ($23), 8pm on Fridays ($25) and Saturdays ($28). Pay-what-you-can night is slated for Sept. 13, and there's a 2:30pm matinee on Sept. 17. Call 704-342-2251. (Tannenbaum)

Shoutmania takes over Charlotte all month long as Charlotte Shout! invades from uptown and beyond. This festival encompasses everything from dance, art (visual and performance), music, and of course, food. This event, in its fourth year, is produced by Charlotte Artsfest, Inc. and acts as a showcase for local and regional artists as well as a way to bring the whole community out in support of cultural and arts groups. Highlights include: Charlotte Shout Slammin' Jam (Sept. 7-10), Gospel Shout (Sept. 12), Sampler Saturday (Sept. 16); Blues, Brews and BBQ (Sept. 22-23), and the Culinary Arts Experience (Sept. 29-30). For the complete schedule, log onto (Calloway)

Thursday, September 07

After drooling over Halton Theater for nearly a year, cultural groups from around town are beginning to make a beeline. NC Dance Theatre makes the first incursion, sponsoring the inaugural Charlotte Dance Festival in step with Charlotte Shout! The first of the three programs, Dance Charlotte! is in CPCC's proud new arts edifice at 8pm, featuring NCDT and a potpourri of other troupes from around the state -- plus drop-ins from TX and VA. Dancing in the Streets keeps the beat happening on Tryon Street during Friday lunch hour, beginning at noon with another dance sampler from around the state and VA. That should whet your appetite for the festival's long finale, Dance in the Open, with 10-11 troupes cavorting on The Green beginning at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday. Prices are tempting enough: $12 for adults, $8 for students/seniors/CP faculty at Halton; FREE at the noontime and weekend romps. Call 704-330-6534 for Dance Charlotte! (Tannenbaum)

Seattle's Amber Pacific doesn't growl with anger as do so many of its musical townfolk. The quartet is more adept at polishing melodic punk and power pop that's embellished with back-up harmonies and hooks. The quartet is touring the countryside in support of the recent disc The Possibility and the Promise, which just may serve as an occasional soundtrack to the evening hues of the Pacific Northwest. The multi-band bill also includes Just Surrender, This Day and Age, October Fall, and All Time Low at Tremont Music Hall. This all-ages show starts at 7pm and tickets range from $10-$12. Details: (Shukla)

The renegades who brought The Green to life with A Midsummer Night's Dream now invade an even unlikelier locale. Through Sept. 24, they're bringing Theresa Rebeck's one-person comedy, Bad Dates, to Unit 537 of the 1315 East Condominiums in the heart of Dilworth. Up we go, in this Collaborative Arts production, to a luxury apartment converted into a 50-seat theater -- a perfect ambiance for the confidences of 30-something single mom Haley Walker as she prepares to hazard the dating arena after 12 years as a non-gladiator. Brandishing Haley's killer collection of designer shoes is Laurie Riffe, MTA's reigning Emerging Artist. Evenings at 8pm, Thursday through Saturday, with 3pm Sunday matinees on Sept. 10 and 24. Audience gathers at 1315 East sales office, behind Patou's. No late seating. Tickets are $20 on Fridays and Saturdays ($17 for students/seniors) and $15 for Thursdays and Sundays ($12 students/seniors). Wednesday, Sept. 13, is pay-what-you-will. Free parking under Latta Pavilion. Call 704-625-1288. (Tannenbaum)

Friday, September 08

How sweet it is! Charlotte Symphony Orchestra opens its 75th anniversary with a double dose of toothsome tastings, Pops and LolliPops. Peter Nero comes first, as both guest soloist and conductor, playing his unique keyboard stylings of classical, jazz, Broadway and swing faves on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm. Tickets are $16-$65. In between the Nero noodlings at Belk Theater, there's "Music Noise Silence" on Saturday morning with the Magic Circle Mime Company driving CSO resident conductor Alan Yamamoto to comical distraction. Can the intrepid musicmaker, besieged by Noise and Silence, restore harmony -- relying on a rugrat, short-attention-span audience to help save the day? You can bet the mortgage and your $8-$20 tickets that he will. Concert begins at 11am, but you and your anklebiter should report to the Belk lobby at 10am for the pre-concert festival, aka the instrumental petting zoo. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

Sunday, September 10

Teen R&B sensation Chris Brown harks back to the honey-voiced pop-soul of New Edition and early Michael Jackson. Brown scored a top-10 album last year with his self-titled debut. Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith), a neo-soul crooner who also co-writes most of his own material, is enamored with old-school chord progressions and uses few samples on his songs. Ne-Yo has also written and arranged hits for Rihanna, Ruben Studdard and others. Lil' Wayne, Dem Franchise Boyz, and Juelz Santana are also on this Urban music bill. They'll be at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $25.50-$55.50. For further information call 704-522-6500 or log onto (Shukla)

Opting for the piano and keyboards over his dad Carlos Santana's guitar riffs, Salvador Santana coaxes his Latin rock background into an original sound with flourishes of hip-hop, jazz and electronica. The Salvador Santana Band doesn't need famous elders to make heads sway in unison. The band's danceable, psychedelic-tinged, Latin groove does the trick just fine. Opening for Rusted Root at Neighborhood Theatre. General admission tickets are $26. For more details, call 704-358-9298. (Shukla)

Monday, September 11

Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall evokes Tori Amos, Edie Brickell and the Sundays. Tunstall distinguishes her music with a mix of blues, jazz, pop and subtle treatment of sparse instrumentation. Her recent album, Eye to the Telescope doesn't spare sound, though, as Tunstall's compositions can expand into rooms big or small. She performs with opener Kevin Devine at Amos' SouthEnd. Tickets are $17.50. Details: (Shukla)

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