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If you haven't seen the terrific New South, Old South, Somewhere In Between exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South, you have exactly two days -- today and tomorrow -- to catch it before it's taken down. A display of artwork, memorabilia and impressions of Southern history, New South. . . has generated controversy, lavish praise, and outright loathing among viewers who've responded in individual and intimate ways to the symbols of Southern history -- everything from a portrait of Robert E. Lee to displays of Black Americana (think lawn jockeys, etc.). This is thought-provoking art at its best -- art that dives deep into Southern mythology and symbols and raises myriad questions about the region's, and its citizens', identities. And on top of that, it's a lot of fun. The museum is downtown at 200 E. Seventh St. and will be open today and tomorrow from 10am till 5pm. Call 704-333-1887 for more information. (Grooms)

Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works presents SummerStage 2003. This new professional dance company will offer three performances at the Afro American Cultural Center, the first of which is tonight at 8pm. The program dips into several musical genres from jazz to pop to Mozart. The other two performances will be held tomorrow night and Saturday night at 8pm. Tickets cost $15 and may be purchased by calling Kinetic Works at 704-338-1533. (Herman)

The Charlotte Sting play two home games this week. The best pro team in the city will host the New York Liberty tonight at 7pm and the Connecticut Sun on Saturday at 4pm. Saturday is "Faith and Family Night" at the Coliseum featuring Charlotte's own multi-Grammy Award winner, Pastor John P. Kee and his group New Life, in a post-game concert. To top it all off, the game against the Sun will be nationally televised on ABC. Tickets range from $8-$53 and may be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX. (Herman)

The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week/Second Chance series continues today at the Manor Theatre, as well as next Friday, August 15, at Movies at Birkdale. This month offers the restored version of the 1927 silent classic Metropolis; Russian Ark, filmed entirely in one take; the seriocomic French film Chaos; and Morvern Callar, starring Minority Report's Samantha Morton. For short reviews, see this issue's Film section; for details on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to (Brunson)

Half sci-fi saga and half Victoria's Secret runway fantasy, Tony Wright's Alpha swaggers into the SouthEnd Performing Arts Center loaded with female swordplay you won't want to miss. With his previous trashfest, Vampire Love, playwright Wright won CL's Charlotte Theatre Award for Best Original Show in 2000. Now Wright couples his writing talents with his fight choreography expertise as our heroines, Alpha and Omega, battle the evil Dark Zoners for domination in a future world where a deadly plague has extinguished the entire male race -- and perhaps athlete's foot. Comic book combat shall rule through August 23. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

Approximately 30 years ago, Lloyd Kaufman (along with Michael Herz) formed Troma Studios, and the world of low-budget schlock filmmaking has never been the same. With popular titles like The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD and Tromeo and Juliet under its belt, the indie outfit has been a perennial favorite of cultists, "B"-movie aficionados and late-night cable followers. Kaufman will be at the Morrocroft Borders Books and Music on Colony Road at 7pm tonight to sign copies of his new book Make Your Own Damn Movie as well as autograph copies of the recently released DVD for 2000's Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part 4. For more information, call 704-365-6261. (Brunson)

The largest celebration of its kind outside of California, Charlotte's Bon Odori will be held this afternoon from 1-5pm at, where else? the Wachovia Atrium & Plaza, apparently Charlotte's new permanent home for all kinds of nationalities' festivals. The Bon Odori dances are performed annually to welcome the ancestral spirits as they return to the world of the living and bid them farewell as they leave. The festival offers an array of Asian cuisine. Cultural activities including Folk Dancing, Kendo Japanese Fencing, and a Majestic Tea Ceremony, all of which should provide a window into the world of Japanese culture. Tickets cost $12. Children under 12 are admitted free. Call 704-333-2775 for further information. (Herman)

Phish-heads had their fun a couple of weeks ago, now it's time for peach-heads to come together tonight at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for a show with the original Southern rock pioneers the Allman Brothers Band. There's still a few originals in the bunch -- singer Gregg Allman and drummers / percussionists Butch Trucks and Jaimoe -- and longtime ABB associates Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks keep things smoking with their tricky interplay and slide guitars. Plenty of folks question whether the band still manages to groove some 30 years into the game, but Hittin the Note, their first studio release since 1994, is valid proof of the Allman/Haynes team's tremendous songwriting abilities, while Haynes and Trucks play off one another reminiscent of the days of Dickey and Duane (no freakin' lie either). Karl Denson's Tiny Universe warms things up at 7pm. Tickets cost $24.50 and $37.50. For more info, call the venue's hotline at 704-549-5555. (Farris)

It's a rapper's delight of sorts tonight at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre as 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes team up for a show. There's been an awful lot of hype about 50 Cent, but if you can ignore that -- and his sometimes semi-arrogant attitude about being shot numerous times (who cares?) -- his stuff isn't too shabby. Busta, well he's just crazy ol' Busta who's always ready to put on a show. Fabolous, Sean Paul and Bone Crusher are also scheduled to appear. Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets cost $20.50 and $45. Call 704-549-5555, for more info. (Farris)

Two huge talents (actually their bands aren't too shabby either) John Hiatt and Robert Cray perform at the Blumenthal's Belk Theatre tonight. Hiatt's the celebrated songwriter whose material has been covered by the likes of Bob Dylan and even Iggy Pop while Cray is the player whose R&B-influenced blues style and smooth vocals, have influenced a lot of up and coming blues players. He's also been recruited to play with Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker, to name a few. A good night of music is in store for the unlikely venue. Doors open at 6:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $45. Call the Performing Arts Center at 704-372-1000 for more details. (Farris)

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