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SEPTEMBER 25 - WEDNESDAY

The Off-Tryon Theatre Company continues with their presentation of the First Ever NoDa New PlayFest and Short Play SLAM! today at Off-Tryon Theatre. With never-before-seen scripts from local, regional and national playwrights, the event will give audiences a chance to participate in the creative process with critiques following each play. Wednesday night's shows will be more traditional staged readings of unproduced full-length plays. Shows start at 7pm. Playfest Passes are available for $50 and include admission to all plays and events. For more information or prices for single-event passes, call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org. (McKinney)

The Southeast Origami Festival begins today. Thirty locations throughout the city will house exhibits (through September 30) that show the versatility, depth, and influence the art form has had over recent decades. Over half the exhibits are gathered in the center-city area in the form of a tour that may be experienced by walking or riding the free center city trolley buses, or in, get this, OriLand, located at Gateway Village. Ticket prices vary according to the events attended. For more information or a detailed listing of events, call 704-375-3692 or visit online at www.southeastorigami.home.mindspring.com. (McKinney)

Charlotte Repertory Theatre continues its production of one of the great American plays of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The play will run through September 29 at Booth Playhouse in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $24-$31.50. For more information or a complete showtime schedule, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.charlotterep.org. (McKinney)

SEPTEMBER 26- THURSDAY

Snapshot, a dramatic anthology of the American Experience, will premiere in Charlotte starting tonight at the Hart-Witzen Gallery. This presentation of the newly formed Warehouse Theatre is based on a play that was a labor of love for writers from across America who were given a snapshot of a couple gazing at Mount Rushmore. From over 500 finalists, 17 vignettes were chosen, each with its own interpretation of what the snapshot revealed. The show runs September 26-28 and October 3-5 at 8pm. Tickets are $18, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the victims of the 9/11 attacks. For more information, call 704-455-8542 or visit online at www.hartwitzengallery.com. (McKinney)

SEPTEMBER 27- FRIDAY

The Charlotte Symphony's Season Debut will be presented tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm in the Performing Arts Center. The music of Rossini, Schubert and a world premiere by living composer Donald Crockett (not to be confused with Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier)* are featured. Audiences are invited to learn more about the music at a Pre-Concert Talk with Associate Conductor David Tang, one hour before each performance. Tickets range from $12-$60. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.org. (McKinney)

Newgrass mandolin player Sam Bush brings his band to Neighborhood Theatre tonight, beginning at 8pm. Tickets are $27.50, available by calling 704-358-9298 or online at www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Davis)

Today and tomorrow, dude, like Tommy Chong, who used to be in...wait, dude, don't tell me...oh yeah, Cheech and Chong? Well, he's going to be at the Comedy Zone. The shows are going to be at like two times each night, right, like at 8pm and 10:15pm, and it's gonna cost you like, um, 20 clams. Call 'em at 704-348-HAHA for tickets. Man. (Davis)

Everybody will still be Kung-Fu Fighting as Tiny Ninja Theatre presents a unique performance of Shakespeare's classic, MacBeth. The story will be acted out by inch-high plastic ninjas and assorted dimestore figures. The shows will be presented at Off-Tryon Theatre September 27-29. Seating at the shows is limited to 25 people per performance, so make your reservations early. Showtimes are 5:30pm and 11pm on Friday; 2pm, 5:30pm and 11pm on Saturday; and 12pm, 3pm and 6pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-375-2826. (McKinney)

A special one-time-only screening of the new romantic comedy For Real will be held at 7pm in Dana Auditorium at Queens University. Described by its makers as "My Fair Lady from the hood," the film centers on the relationship between a music mogul (Tim Reid) and his housekeeper's headstrong niece (Tamara Curry). Reid, probably still best-known for portraying Venus Flytrap on the popular TV series WKRP In Cincinnati, also serves as director on this independently produced and distributed picture that will be making its North Carolina debut. The screening will be followed by a concert. Admission to both the movie and the concert is $25. Tickets are available by calling 866-468-7630 or going online to www.ticketweb.com. (Brunson)

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, now celebrating 25 years together, hits the Visulite Theatre at 10pm. The Dirty Dozen have played as the horn section for many artists, including Elvis Costello and Miles Davis, but also play numerous shows a year on their own, showcasing their blend of NOLA jazz and bebop, R&B and funk. Tickets are $14 in advance, available by calling 704-358-9200 or by logging on to www.etix.com. (Davis)

SEPTEMBER 28 - SATURDAY

As part of the Public Library's "Freedom to Read" week, Joe Raiola Sr., editor of MAD Magazine, will look at several important First Amendment issues in a presentation aptly titled The Joy of Censorship. He will also trace the colorful history of MAD Magazine. Selected readings, a Q&A period and reception will be part of the event. Tickets are free, but must be ordered by calling 704-336-2074 and picked up at a PLCMC branch library. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person. The presentation will be held at Neighborhood Theatre starting at 7:30pm. (Herman)

SEPTEMBER 29-SUNDAY

Dance in your seat as the Latin Jazz Legends of Calle 54 salsa into the Performing Arts Center tonight at 7:30pm. First a movie, now a concert, some of the film's stars will take audiences on a high energy journey around the world of Latin jazz. Tickets range from $22-$45. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.blumenthalcenter.org. (McKinney)

OCTOBER 1-TUESDAY

Young bluegrass stars Nickel Creek will play Belk Theatre in the Performing Arts Center tonight at 7:30pm, along with special guests Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Nickel Creek may look like a teen pop group, but they've received lauds from all sorts of folks, including Alison Krauss. The real treat here is the duo of Welch and Rawlings, specifically Gillian Welch's songs which reach back to the spare roots of rural American music, while embracing the lives of ordinary folks, better than anyone recording today. Her songs are perfectly matched to Rawlings' evocative, rough-hewn guitar playing. Tickets are $20-24.50, available by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.blumenthalcenter.org. (Grooms)

OCTOBER 2-WEDNESDAY

The Los Angeles-based band Quetzal will perform as part of the C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series on Tuesday, October 1, at Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. The nine-piece group blends folk and roots rock with Afro-Caribbean sounds for what the LA Times has described as "jarocho hip." Showtime is 8pm and tickets cost $10, $15 and $20. For more information, call 707-894-2135 or visit www.davidson.com. (Farris)

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