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JULY 10, THURSDAY

Rock Hill playwright Terry Roueche is harvesting a trip he took long ago to Roswell, New Mexico, in the world premiere of Parade Day at the Southend Performing Arts Center (SPAC). The BareBones Theatre production, directed by Jim Yost, takes us back to America's UFO capital and an encounter with the last living witness to the fabled 1947 crash landing of alien saucercraft. Buddy and his surrogate daughter Katie now run a downtown diner, where he sees additional saucers between rides down Main Street in the annual Alien Parade. Through JULY 27 at 201 Rampart Street. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

The Sting's first open practice session of the year will be held today at the Hive from 10-11am. Watch the Charlotte Sting as they prepare for tonight's game against the Detroit Shock at 7pm. Single game tickets range from $8-$53 and may be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX.

An intriguing mix of authors, all friends and each with a sharp sense of humor, will come together for a free-wheeling discussion and book signing today at the Barnes and Noble - Arboretum. Doug Marlette, Pulitzer-winning cartoonist and author of The Bridge, will join Bob Inman (Home Fires Burning, Captain Saturday) and Mark de Castrique, whose protagonist in Dangerous Undertaking is a former cop turned undertaker/detective. It should be fun. It starts at 7pm and is free. Call 704-341-9481. (Grooms)

JULY 11, FRIDAY

Tonight Mythos will offer local clubgoers a glimpse of New York City nightlife as it presents Big Bang! featuring legendary DJ Junior Vasquez. Producer and re-mixer can also be added to his list of credits as Vasquez has worked with the likes of Madonna, Elton John and Prince, to name a few. Doors are open from 10pm to 6am, and ages 18 and up are welcome. A limited number of advance tickets are available for $35. For more info, call the club at 704-375-8765 or check out spinfoil.com. (Farris)

The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week/Second Chance series continues today at the Manor Theatre, as well as the following Friday, JULY 18, at Movies at Birkdale. This month features Academy Award Nominated Shorts, including this year's winners The Chubb-Chubbs! (Best Animated Short) and This Charming Man (Best Live Action Short); Ararat, a drama from writer-director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) about the slaughter of over one million Armenians near the end of World War I; House of Fools, a Russian-French co-production about an asylum inmate who believes she's betrothed to singer Bryan Adams (appearing as himself) even as war breaks out around the mental institute; and Gerry, the latest from Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), about two guys named Gerry (Matt Damon and Casey Affleck) who end up lost in a desert. For details on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to http://charlottefilmsociety.com. (Brunson)

JULY 12, SATURDAY

Despite the war-inspired anti-French nonsense of recent months, Wachovia Atrium and Plaza will be the site of the Third Annual Bastille Day Festival, celebrating all things Gallic. Various restaurants will be present, dishing out French and Cajun cuisine and French wine; strolling musicians will make like Maurice Chevalier or Edith Piaf and entertain with French chansons; and there'll be dancing led by the Cajun Gumbo Band. We'd love to see more Bastille Day-related events, Charlotte-style -- maybe a crowd of torch-wielding citizens making a run on downtown ATM machines, or a guillotine exhibition, just to keep local leaders in line. Well, maybe next year. In any case, this year's festivities take place from 4 to 10pm, and will cost adults $5; anyone 16 or under gets in free. For more info, call 704-542-6846. (Grooms)

Author and poet Ron Rash is one of the region's finest writers, and he's been recognized as such by recent awards for his first novel, One Foot In Eden, published by Novello Festival Press. Our reviewer, Diana Pinckney, wrote that "Ron Rash writes like a landscape painter and it is the land that is the heart of this haunting tale of love, murder and loss." Set in the 1950s in Appalachia, Rash's tale is filled with great characters, but more than anything, with a real feel for time and place that's enthralling. He'll read from and discuss the novel at the Main Library Auditorium from 2 till 4pm. It's free. For more info, call 704-336-6217. (Grooms)

The Charlotte Knights host the Richmond Braves tonight at 7:15pm and tomorrow at 2:15pm at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC. And in case you didn't get your fill of things blowing up last weekend, there'll be fireworks after the game. Tomorrow, the kids get to run the bases. Tickets cost $6-$9 and may be purchased by calling 704-36-HOMER. (Herman)

JULY 14, MONDAY

The film series When Cult Films Attack!!!! kicks off at the Main Library tonight at 6:45pm with screenings of the 1903 short The Great Train Robbery, Buster Keaton's 1924 silent offering Sherlock Jr. and the Marx Brothers' 1933 classic Duck Soup. Upcoming films in the series include Brazil and Raising Arizona; see this issue's Flicks section for related story. Admission is free. Call 704-336-6217 for details. (Brunson)

JULY 16, WEDNESDAY

Get your dancing shoes on tonight and head to the Neighborhood Theatre for a show with the Taj Mahal Trio. Taj can really stir things up with his old time country blues and his eclectic, wide-ranging choice of tunes. He's a seasoned performer with plenty of loyal followers but recent appearances with the Dave Matthews Band and previous stints on the H.O.R.D.E. festival a few years back have turned on a new generation of fans as well -- in other words, it'll more than likely be a sell-out. Showtime is 8pm and tickets cost $35. For more info call the theatre at 704-358-9298 or visit neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Farris)

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