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The Charlotte Checkers are definitely winding down the season with a bang. They will face off against the Wheeling Nailers tonight at 7:05pm, the Richmond Renegades Friday at 7:35pm, the Reading Royals Sunday at 3:05pm, and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Tuesday 7:05. There are only two home games at Cricket Arena left following this weeklong blowout, so choose your game carefully. Tickets range from $6-$19. For more information, call 704-522-6500 or visit online at (McKinney)

Opera Carolina will present Gilbert & Sullivan's playful comedy The Mikado starting tonight and running through March 16 at Belk Theater. With characters named Nanki-Poo, Yum-Yum and Ko-Ko, how can you go wrong? Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $10-$78. For more information, call 704-327-1000 or visit online at (McKinney)


Off-Tryon Theatre will host guest director Jimmy Chrismon as he brings a stage version of the catfight film All About Eve to the stage tonight through March 22. The show tells the tale of the saucy relationship between show business and back-stabbing betrayal. The show will run March 13-15, March 19-22 at 8pm. Tickets are $12 for students, and $15 for adults except on March 19 which is pay what you can night. For more information, call 704-375-2826. (McKinney)

BareBones Theatre Group presents Eleemosynary, the story of the unsteady relationship among three generations of women, at the SouthEnd Performing Arts Center tonight through Saturday and March 20-22 at 8pm. There'll also be a matinee March 23 at 3pm. The play tells the tale of a domineering matriarch (Dorothea) who pushes her daughter (Artemis) away and is left to raise her granddaughter, Echo. Tickets range from $8-$12. For more information, call 704-577-7274. (McKinney)


William Gibson's The Miracle Worker will be presented by Charlotte Repertory Theatre starting tonight at Booth Playhouse. The production, which will run through the end of March, will feature Hillary Swank (best known for her work in Boys Don't Cry). Showtimes vary and tickets are $35. For a complete list of showtimes or more ticket information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at (McKinney)

National Chess Master Bruce Pandolfini, America's best-known chess coach who was portrayed by Ben Kingsley in Searching for Bobby Fischer, will host a series of lectures and chess workshops at UNC-Charlotte's Chancellor's Office today and tomorrow. For more information or to register, call 704-784-4616 or visit online at (McKinney)


Get out your dancing shoes "cause One Voice, Charlotte's gay, lesbian and gay-affirmative chorus, is bringing the singers and the band for a special show at the Charlotte Museum of History on Saturday. Sha Na Na will feature some of the great individual voices that make up this enthusiastic group. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. For more info or to buy tickets online, go to (Wicker)

The 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival will start today at 10am from 9th and Tryon Street in Uptown. Grand Marshall Mayor Pat McCrory will lead the parade to its destination and the festival, which will be held in the Wachovia Atrium and Plaza in Center City. For more information about the parade or the festival, contact Tim Lawson at (McKinney)


Central Piedmont Community College's annual Spring Literary Festival will feature keynote speakers Sue Monk Kidd and Mark Doty as well as workshops, readings, signings and an exhibit through Wednesday. Kidd is the author of two award-winning nonfiction books and her debut novel, The Secret Life of Bees, and she will speak today at 11:30am plus appear for a "conversation" at 12:30pm and a reading at 7:30pm. Doty has written six books of poetry and three books of nonfiction prose. He will speak at 10:30am tomorrow and 7:30pm tomorrow night. Presenters for Wednesday include Marjorie Hudson, author of Searching for Virginia Dare, at 9:30am and Novello Prize winner Ron Rash, author of One Foot in Eden, at 11:30am. Most events are in Pease Auditorium on the main CPCC campus off Elizabeth Avenue but some are repeated at the Levine campus in Matthews. Call 704-330-6666 or go to for a complete schedule. (Wicker)

Today is St. Patrick's Day so have some green beer, kiss the Irish, and chase the snakes out of your yard!

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