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Broadway Comedy's Tour-de-Force, Shirley Valentine will be performed at Spirit Square's Duke Power Theatre starting tonight. The show will run through August 31 with showtimes Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $18-$25. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at

The Comedy Zone presents Dave Attell from Comedy Central's Insomniac tonight through Saturday. Showtimes are Wednesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday-Saturday at 8pm and 10:15pm. Tickets are $12 for Wednesday and Thursday shows, and $17.50 for Friday and Saturday shows. For reservations or more information, call 704-348-HAHA.

The 107.9 Wednesday Happy Hour Free Concert Series continues today at Gateway Village with music provided by Dexter Freebish. The evening begins at 5pm, and admission is free. Call 704-374-3500.

The Actor's Gym Theater Company continues their presentation of Willie Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Off-Tryon Theater, 3143 Cullman Avenue. The show runs through Saturday with performances 8pm each evening. All tickets are $10. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, call 704-375-2826.

Local filmmaker Dorne Pentes' new movie, Lullaby, will be screened tonight at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theater at 7:30pm. Pentes -- best known locally for his last movie, the Charlotte-based Closest Thing To Heaven -- takes on motherhood and pregnancy in his new flick. Tickets are $7, on sale at the door. For more information, call 704-333-9755.Center City After Five continues today at the Wachovia Plaza with music provided by The Kays. The evening begins at 5pm, and admission is free. Call 704-374-3500.

The Reel World Film Camp will take place at UNC-Charlotte today through Sunday. It's described as a bit of a film boot camp, encompassing the way movies work from the initial idea through the marketing of the final product. For more information as to time and cost, go to, or call (928) 282-6226.

The Be Active North Carolina Fitness Festival hosted by Charlotte Sting star Dawn Staley will be held at McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road today from 10am-3pm. Staley, along with current and former professional athletes, will offer sessions on the importance of fitness and health. Community residents will be provided free health screenings, nutrition workshops, mental health workshops and fitness training. For more information, call 704-547-9393.

The Hostess Twinkies Back-To-School Monster Truck Bash begins today at 7:30pm at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway (one may get into a 5pm "pit party" with a proof of purchase from a Hostess Twinkies Multi-Pack). What better way to kick off the school year than by taking the kiddies to a monster truck spectacular? Right. There is no better way. Adult tickets are $15, with children 12 and under in for $5. For tickets, call 1-800-455-FANS.

The Afro-American Cultural Center's Sizzlin' Summer Music Series kicks off this year's installment tonight with the smooth sounds of jazz musician Roy Dunlap at 8pm. All performers are scheduled to appear in the outdoor amphitheater, but will relocate to the indoor attic theatre in case of rain. Tickets for all shows are $12. For more information or to purchase tickets call 704-374-1565 or visit online at

The Charlotte Knights take on The Durham Bulls at 7:15pm tonight at Knights Castle, and again tomorrow at 2:15pm. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

The Carolina Panthers take on "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys, tonight at 8pm at Ericsson Stadium. For more information or tickets, call 704-522-6500.

Glam rockers Poison, still feeding off our society's insatiable need for 80s nostalgia, will likely pack them in tonight at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, along with their pals Faster Pussycat and Cinderella. Tickets for the 7pm show are $15 and $25, available by calling 704-522-6500.

Author and Charlotte native John Drescher will discuss the influence of Terry Sanford on Tarheel politics this afternoon on North Carolina Bookwatch (UNC-Center for Public Television, cable channel 13) at 5pm with D.G. Martin. In the spring of 1960, NC gubernatorial candidate Terry Sanford invented the modern way to win a southern election -- emphasizing better schools, more economic development and, most dramatically, improved race relations. Drescher's book, Triumph of Good Will: How Terry Sanford Beat a Champion of Segregation and Reshaped the South, reveals many of Sanford's political strategies that would go on to influence the campaigns of Dixie candidates from Jim Hunt to Bill Clinton. For more information or a complete listing of upcoming programs visit

Sizzlin' Sounds in the Park, a jazz concert series, continues its summer season tonight in Marshall Park with the Thomas Neeley Band and Fuego Lento. All shows start at 6pm. The event is free. Food, retail vendors and prize give-a-ways round out the evening of smooth sounds. No pets allowed. For more information, call 704-376-0496.

The Charlotte Concert Band will present a Pops Concert tonight at 7pm on the front lawn of Queens University of Charlotte. The program is entitled Mozart, Man of La Mancha, and Marches. Guests are requested to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the performance will be moved inside to Dana Auditorium. For more information, call 704-362-1486 or visit online at

The Charlotte World Affairs Council will present Jerusalem: Negotiating the Non-Negotiable, a part of their World Impact Series, this morning at the Tower Club of Charlotte at 7:30am. Featured speaker, Dr. Reuven Y. Hazan, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on the future of Jerusalem in today's unstable climate. Admission is $25. For more information or to make reservations call 704-335-4101.

That's right ladies and gentlemen, the Queen has left the building! Her Majesty's Classic Comedies wraps up its run at the Main Library tonight at 7pm. Monty Python's The Life of Brian, a film that ruffled quite a few conservative feathers upon its original release, is perhaps the crowning gem in the Python family jewels. "Blessed are the cheese-makers." For more information, call 704-336-6217 or visit online at

Monday Night Movies at Spirit Square keeps on rolling with Kate and Leopold starring Meg Ryan (post-Russell Crowe) and Hugh Jackman (post-Wolverine). Movies start at 6:30pm, admission is $5, and various snacks and drinks are available for $1 each. For more information, call 704-379-1380.

The Charlotte Knights take on the Richmond Braves today, tomorrow, and Thursday at 7:15pm at Knights Castle. Tickets are $6-9, available by calling 704-36-HOMER.

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