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JAN. 8
WEDNESDAY
The Charlotte 49ers play Louisville tonight at 7:30pm at Halton Arena. The Niners are having an up and down season, and Louisville is a perennial buttkicker, but UNCC fans hope for the best. Tickets range from $10-$20. For more information, call 704-687-6310 or visit online at www.charlotte49ers.com. (McKinney)

JAN. 9
THURSDAY
Best known as the frontman for the groundbreaking, caustic country-rock act Jason and the Scorchers, Jason Ringenberg brings his decidedly quieter (but no less energetic) solo show to The Evening Muse tonight at 9pm. Call 704-376-3737 for more information. (Davis)

JAN. 10
FRIDAY
Roger Durrett has been channeling Mark Twain for 27 years, journeying across 38 states, and shuffling over 12 hours of vintage Twain writings into pithy, hilarious evenings. Now the Charlotte-based actor performs a freshly assembled Twain potpourri on his favorite stage, McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. He's enlisting Charlotte Rep resident director Terry Loughlin to lend his artistry to The Trouble Begins at 8:00 -- An Evening With Mark Twain. Charlotte's Prince of Gels, Eric Winkenwerder, adds a fresh lighting design, while makeup, painstakingly applied for 3-1/2 hours, delivers the same amazing transformation. The show also will be presented Saturday. Call 704-372-1000 for tickets ($15-$25). (Tannenbaum)

JAN. 11
SATURDAYArt not only imitates life, sometimes it actually defines life -- of the artist and of the culture itself. The broad scope of American musicals can be enjoyed not just for the cool songs but also as a portrait of the US as it grew into a new modern identity in the first half of the 20th century. Michael Bush, Charlotte Rep's Artistic Director -- along with Michael Aman and Joel Silberman -- uses the history of American musicals to look at how new American identities were forged during that period in the new musical Let Me Sing -- A Musical Evolution. The world premiere production, which includes the music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and more, will be presented starting today and running through February 9 at Booth Playhouse in the PAC. Tickets range from $24 to $31.50. Call 704-372-1000 or go to www.charlotterep.org. (Grooms)

Ever dream of shining in the spotlight? Head to 15 Minutes, a fundraiser for The Light Factory that celebrates the fashion industry of the 1950s and 60s. Several local businesses will put on a cutting edge fashion shoot, and afterwards you can show your savvy in a shoot of your own. BeneFit makeup artists will be on hand to deck out guests with the latest trends in cosmetics while DJ Jim Grindle provides the tunes. Dress to impress in your most stylish threads and have your 15 minutes of fame while supporting a good cause. Admission costs $10 and photo sessions start at $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Light Factory's educational programs and exhibits. The evening kicks off at 9pm and goes until around 1am. The event will be held at The Light Factory, 809 West Hill St. Call 704-333-9755 for more information or visit www.lightfactory.org. (Herman)

JAN. 14
TUESDAY
To learn why Disney is Disney, peep in on the conglomerate's touring version of Aida. The Elton John-Tim Rice extravaganza moves into Belk Theatre for a weeklong engagement. Judging by the cast's credentials, you can expect the same high level of polish Diz delivered with the touring version of Beauty and the Beast. Aida is the tragic unfolding of a love triangle that consumes a hot-blooded Egyptian general and two fiery princesses -- minus Verdi's operatic majesty and haunting paganism. Pyramid power shall prevail, whetting the masses' appetite for The Lion King. Call 704-372-1000 for times and tickets ($20-$61). (Tannenbaum)

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