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Wednesday, August 10

If you haven't caught it yet, there's a fascinating exhibit at the Mint Museum of Art called Ancient Egyptian Art for the Afterlife. Talk about old school! The exhibit features more than 90 artifacts on loan from a local collector, including a rare mummified falcon as well as vases, figurines, daggers and a mummy cover you could spend an hour perusing. Some of the items date all the way back to the Pre-Dynastic Period (4000-3000 BC). The exhibit runs through December 4. The Mint is at 2730 Randolph Road. For more info, call 704-337-2000 or go to mintmuseum.org (Boykin)

Thursday, August 11

If Matt Damon and Ben Affleck can soar to celebrity on the wings of an Oscar-winning screenplay, why shouldn't two other struggling actors find fame with the same flight path -- retelling Damon and Affleck's success story? The intriguing twist to Matt & Ben is that their legend was retold by two women, Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, to huge éclat at the New York Fringe Festival. Now City Stage Festival's intrepid producer, Anne Lambert, brings this rollicking prank to Spirit Square for its Charlotte premiere through August 21. Local luminaries Caroline Renfro and Tonya McClellan star as the screen heroes, occasionally doubling as, say, J.D. Salinger or Gwyneth Paltrow. Evening performances at Duke Power Theatre begin at 8pm on Thursday through Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 2pm. I'm brushing up on Good Will Hunting to lead the LivePulse post-play discussion this Friday evening, lavishly offered with free eats. General admission tickets are $19.99. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Friday, August 12

A source of controversy earlier this year when it was canceled here for supposed references to evolution, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea opens today for a full run at the IMAX Dome at Discovery Place. Originally passing on the film, the heads at Discovery Place finally relented to public awareness and agreed to book the film -- first for a couple of showings this past spring and now for a three-month engagement through November 17. The film's focus is the vibrant scene occurring thousands of feet under the ocean surface, where an odd assortment of creatures (including six-foot-long tubeworms) live in the darkness of a volcanic landscape. For details, including showtimes and admission costs, call 704-372-6261 or go online to www.discoveryplace.org. (Brunson)

The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week series continues today at the Manor Theatre. This month's lineup consists of the foreign imports The Beautiful Country, Brothers and Travelers and Magicians, and the documentary Inside Deep Throat. For a review of Inside Deep Throat and synopses of the other three titles, see this issue's Film section; for information on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to http://charlottefilmsociety.com. (Brunson)

Saturday, August 13

The Funniest Show on Earth -- on earth! -- comes to Cricket Arena tonight. Kicking off a multi-city tour, this comedy show is hosted by Sommore and features J.B. Smooth, Tony Roberts, Pierre, Lady Roz G, Double D and Chris "Funny Man" Robinson. The non-stop laughs and hilarity start at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$40, and are available at Cricket Arena box office (call 704-335-3100 for business hours) or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or 704-552-6500. (Vespa)

Wednesday, August 17

A few years ago when fans of the great Los Angeles punk band X heard they were putting out an album of Americana, country-tinged music and calling themselves The Knitters, more than a few heads were scratched. But it turned out to be a great project, and even added some classics to the John Doe/Exene Cervenka-led band's repertoire, such as "Call of the Wrecking Ball." The Knitters play the Visulite Theatre tonight and will include all the original members of X plus Americana god Dave Alvin. This could wind up being one of the shows of the year. Opening act is PHRANC, doors open at 8pm, the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information, call 704-358-9200. (Grooms)

Writer, international flight attendant, translator, NPR commentator and foul-mouthed CL columnist Hollis Gillespie was named one of HarperCollins' Breakout Authors for the attention garnered by her debut collection of essays, Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch. Her new book, Confessions of a Recovering Slut, is another collection of edgy, insightful and hilarious essays and vignettes, mainly gathered from her CL column, "Moodswing." Hollis will discuss and sign copies of Confessions at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in SouthPark at 4345 Barclay Downs Drive, beginning at 7pm. For more info, call 704-602-9820. (Grooms)

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