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OCTOBER 29 - WEDNESDAY
The Charlotte Checkers face off against the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies tonight at 7pm as they try to even their home record after losing the opener to the Gwinnett Gladiators. Charlotte then hosts the Titans from Trenton on Friday at 7:30pm at Cricket Arena. Single tickets begin at $7. For more information call 704-342-4423. (Schacht)

The Black Cinema Cafe, a film series advertised as "an alternative to the typical moviegoing experience," continues with a screening of Love Chronicles, a romantic comedy centering on an LA disc jockey and his callers. The reception begins at 6:45pm, followed by the film at 8pm and a post-screening Q&A at 9:30pm. Admission is free but by invitation only. For an invitation and the screening location, e-mail charlotte@blackcinemacafe.com. (Brunson)

OCTOBER 30 - THURSDAY
Dinner theater takes a ghoulish twist as Chickspeare invades Boudreaux's for one night only. The all-female troupe serves up The Witches' Tale over the NoDa restaurant's entrees, retelling the Bard's Macbeth from the Weird Sisters' point of view. When it really gets dark after your repast, the Chix banditas will preside over an interactive "Macbeth Mystery Theatre," during which you and your fellow audience members are transformed into sleuths -- and suspects. Dinnertime is 6pm at Boudreaux's Louisiana, 501 E. 36th Street, and the witches' cauldron begins to bubble at 7pm. Limited seating. Call 704-344-4546. (Tannenbaum)

OCTOBER 31 - FRIDAY
Looking for the perfect Halloween family event? Consider Omimeo's Phantazmagoria, running through Sunday at Children's Theatre. Charlotte's preeminent mime, Hardin Minor, has cooked up a blacklight extravaganza that will mesmerize the anklebiters and delight adults. Eddie Williams and Lazaro Memije join again in creating the uncanny illusions. But to keep it fresh, Asheville mime and Feldenkrais guru, Lavinia Plonka, as well as puppeteer Drew Nowlin have been added to the amazing brew. All who come in costume for the special opening night performance at 7:30pm are promised a Halloween treat. Call 704-333-8983. (Tannenbaum)

Halloween is here and since kids trick-or-treat at about 4pm these days, there's no point in staying home tonight to give out candy. If you're looking for something off the beaten path, attend the 10th annual Eat Drink and Be Scary party. The fun begins at 9pm at Hawthorne/Hanford Mill, 1111 Hawthorne Lane. This year's theme, CarnEVIL, entails all that the name implies with fire spinners, the ice man artist, beer, cotton candy, freaky carnival acts, a torture chamber and more. No need to feel guilty indulging in these Pagan pleasures -- all ticket sales benefit the Charlotte Inner City Outings. Tickets can be purchased at the door with a $20 donation. No costume, no entry, no fun. Call 704-606-3580 for details. For additional Halloween haps, check out this week's Happenings section. (Herman)

NOVEMBER 3 - MONDAY
The 5th Annual William Wilson Brown Jr. Latin American Film and Video Festival will be held starting today and running through November 14 at various local venues. This year's theme is "Chile: Thirty Years of Memory," centering on Latin American dictatorships, power struggles, and related issues. The event begins at 7pm tonight with a screening of The Guestworker, a work-in-progress documentary about the thousands of Mexicans who are brought into North Carolina each year to work the farm jobs that nobody else will handle. The movie's directors, NC filmmakers Charlie Thompson and Cynthia Hill, will be in attendance at the showing, which will take place in UNC-Charlotte's Cone Center. Other films to be shown in the series include Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden, Costa Gavras' Missing, the Mexican hit Y Tu Mama Tambien, and the Oscar-winning Argentinean import The Official Story. Admission to all screenings is free. For basic info, call 704-687-4635; for a complete schedule, go online to www.unc.edu/depts/ilas/LAFF. (Brunson)

Author Patricia Cornwell made her career by writing pretty gruesome murder mysteries revolving around her heroine, Dr. Kay Scarpetta. More recently, the Davidson College alum tackled what's probably the most famous real-life murder mystery, the case of Jack the Ripper. Her best-selling Portrait of a Killer detailed her extensive research into the case and opined that a well-known painter of the day, Walter Richard Sickert, was the killer. Today, Cornwell will speak at Davidson's Duke Family Performance Hall at 8pm, with a book signing following in the Chambers Building, where an exhibit related to Sickert will be presented. The exhibit is up today and tomorrow. Tickets for the presentation are free, and may be picked up in person at the Alvarez College Union ticket office, or reserved by calling the ticket office at 704-894-2135 from 10am-4pm weekdays. (Grooms)

NOVEMBER 4 - TUESDAY
The Renaissance roots rocker Steve Earle makes a rare Charlotte appearance at the Visulite tonight at 8pm. Musician, producer, ex-junkie, alt-country Godfather, short story author, marriage enthusiast (seven times), political activist and noted origami expert, Earle has a well-spring of material to draw on for songwriting inspiration. His last couple of studio releases have seen the Nashville outsider expand his sonic palette to include some psychedelic touches and an even more open activism (let's just say Earle is no friend of the Bush administration). He's just released a scorching two-disc set of live material -- Just An American Boy -- but see for yourself why he's considered one of the best live performers going in roots rock. Tickets cost $24 in advance and $26 at the door. Call 704-358-9200. (Schacht)

Yes, another term for Mayor Smiley. Seek sanctuary from your Election Day woes at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and wrap yourself in the glory of Brahms' String Quartet #1. The November edition of St. Pete's First Tuesday Concerts draws musical guests hailing from UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest University, with Charlotte Symphony principal cellist Alan Black anchoring the ensemble. You can revel in the harmonies at 12:10pm and at 5:30pm in the Afterwork reprise. Box lunches are no longer sold at the noontime concerts, but there are monthly receptions at the Hodges Taylor Gallery following the 5:30 performance. Admission is Free. (Tannenbaum)

NOVEMBER 5 - WEDNESDAY
They're more mainstream than alternative these days (were they ever not mainstream?), but if you're a fan of 311, it sure is fun to dress up and pretend, isn't it? The alterna-metal-rappers bring their Chili-Peppers' knock-off act to Grady Cole tonight at 8pm. Alien Ant Farm, another cookie-cutter post-grunge act best known for a Michael Jackson cover, open this general admission show. Tickets are $30. Call 704-336-2462. (Schacht)

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