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MARCH 18 - THURSDAY
What has Theresa Bedell, journalist for a New York magazine, done to inspire the obsessive devotion of Tony after just one dinner? Very little. And that's the horror of Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl, chronicling a blind date from hell. A gentle "no" makes little impression on Tony, and an emphatic one infuriates him. It's a horrible thing to entrust your self-esteem to a total stranger, a terrible power we wield when we reject another's affection --potentially lethal when that power backfires. Off-Tryon Theatre Company presents one of the most disturbing plays of the new millennium. OTTC managing director John Hartness directs as Iesha Hoffman and Ryan Stinnett tackle the title roles. Runs through April 3 at 3143 Cullman Avenue. Call 704-375-2826. (Tannenbaum)

MARCH 19 - FRIDAY
Nearing the end of World War II, Dmitri Shostakovich saw the light of victory in his Symphony #9 in E-flat -- or as much light as you could see in 1945 Stalinist Russia. Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, with Christof Perick conducting, brings more than the joy and caustic wit of the Shostakovich Ninth to Belk Theater this weekend. Also look for John Harbison's "The Most Often Used Chords," commissioned and premiered in 1993 by Perick and the LA Chamber Orchestra. Plus, the CSO welcomes acclaimed Israeli clarinetist Sharon Kam, presenting the overdue premiere of Weber's Clarinet Concerto #1. Repeat performance Saturday night. Performances are at 8pm, and ticket prices range from $14 to $64. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

"We want the funk/Give up the funk!" That ultra-catchy mantra from Parliament/Funkadelic's 1974 classic, Up for the Down Stroke, eventually made them rulers of the funk universe. But even back then, band members were asking leader George Clinton to "give up the profits" he'd reaped from the funk they had helped to create. The internal struggles resulted in the infamous Parliament/Funkadelic and P-Funk All Stars split. Enter The Original P. This version says they're every bit as Parliament -- if not more -- as ex-leader George Clinton's version (and probably a lot more coherent). The 15-piece band, which plays at Amos' SouthEnd tonight, features three original Parliament singers, two more members who are offspring of original band members, plus the female vocal trio Brides of Funkenstein. Advance tickets are $15. The doors open at 9pm. For more information, call 704-377-6874. (Grant Britt)

MARCH 20 - SATURDAY
The early-music vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, formed in 1986, is calling it quits. They're in town as part of their farewell tour. The American quartet has performed spirituals, hymns, chants, medieval carols and motets all over the globe. Their latest recording American Angels: Songs of Hope, Redemption & Glory delves into American sacred songs. This tour marks a return to their roots as they perform songs from 18th and 19th century American lore, including a supple version of, you guessed it -- "Amazing Grace." They perform at 8pm at McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York, SC. Tickets are $15, $5 students. Call 803-684-3948 or go to ww.cultureandheritagemuseums.org for details. (Shukla)

MARCH 21 - SUNDAY
The upstart Carolina Cobras, led by breakout star wide receiver and return man Damien Groce, take on defending Arena Football League champions the Tampa Bay Storm today at 3pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. See the venue turned into a human pinball machine for the price of tickets, $10-70, available by calling 704-522-6500. (Davis)

MARCH 22 - MONDAY
The Novello Festival does a great job in the Fall of bringing a variety of authors to town, including big name bestsellers. In the Spring, we get to enjoy another of the city's gems, the Central Piedmont Spring Literary Festival. This year's fest, which begins today, will feature stellar talents like Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), Edward P. Jones (The Known World, Tony Abbott, Steve Crump, Frye Gaillard, an extraordinary musical group, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, and a lot more. The festival runs through Wednesday. See a full schedule at the beginning of our Happenings section, and read Ann Wicker's story about Jones, also in this issue. The entire festival is free and open to the public. For more info, call 704-330-6666 or visit www.cpcc.edu/literary. (Grooms)

Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision, an annual speaking tour sponsored by Partners for Peace, comes to Covenant Presbyterian Church from 7-9pm. A Muslim Palestinian, a Christian Palestinian and a Jewish Israeli will share their experiences and show that despite their exposure to random violence, they still have hope for peace. Admission is free. The church is located at 1000 E. Morehead St. Call 202-863-2951 or visit www.partnersforpeace.org for further information. (Grossman)

Once author Michael Cunningham published The Hours, his delicately orchestrated tribute to Virginia Woolf, his struggling days were over: Instant acclaim and fame, film rights sold, and an Oscar-winning movie starring Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose. Cunningham is a very precise, poetic writer whose empathy for Woolf allowed him to replicate, to a degree, her intricate fascination with her own thoughts and longings. If you've joined the current up-cycling of Woolf's rep, then you can catch Cunningham's lecture at Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall at 8pm. Admission is free, but you need tickets. Call 704-894-2135 from 10am-4pm weekdays. (Grooms)

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