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Author John Feinstein, perhaps best known as the lightning rod for college basketball coach Bobby Knight's wrath while writing A Season on the Brink, will sign books from 5-7pm today at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble. In addition to Brink, Feinstein has also penned the bestsellers A Good Walk Spoiled, A March to Madness, and The Majors, and the recently released Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story. For more information, call the store at 704-341-9481. (Davis)

The pros get play underway today in the Wachovia Championship PGA golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. The tourney had already sold out when Tiger Woods decided to participate in this year's competition (a $1 million prize will do that), so you can imagine the crowds that will be on hand when he and Phil Mickelson and other top male golfers show up. The tournament has started a "used ticket" policy to help more people get in: people who leave the course during the day should drop off their ticket at the main Will Call window of the Coliseum. Those used tickets will be sold at $10 each and will be good for the rest of the day. Proceeds from sale of re-used tickets go to charity. The tournament runs through Sunday. A free uptown shuttle service will run between the tournament and the Charlotte Convention Center through Friday, 8am-8pm. If you're going, note that you're not allowed to bring cellphones, drinks or coolers, cameras, videocameras, radios, TVs, banners, signs, bags larger than a small purse or firearms. For more info, go to (Grooms)

Rumors, the funniest Neil Simon farce in recent years, comes to Theatre Charlotte for a lengthy sojourn through May 23, directed by Dennis Delamar and anchored by a cast of local favorites. We're gathered together for the 10th anniversary of New York City's deputy mayor. The only things missing from the glittering soiree are the host and the hostess. His Deputy Honor is sedated upstairs after taking a grazing gunshot wound to his earlobe. She's... missing!! Speculation runs riot as wave after wave of guests arrives at Ground Zero of a potential PR catastrophe. Figuring prominently in the madcap cover-ups are Kevin Campbell, Polly Adkins, Donna Scott, Elyse Williams, and Jim Greenwood. Tickets are $17 Thursdays and Sundays, $22 Fridays and Saturdays. Call 704-334-9128. (Tannenbaum)

One of Chickspeare's most successful reading stage efforts, Why We Have a Body, finally reaches full flower in a co-production with BareBones Theatre Group. Claire Chafee's rapid-fire script shows us the rewards and the fallout of liberated women pursuing their dreams. A paleontologist, a private detective, a carefree world traveler, and a compulsive thief, these women redefine individualism in an entertaining, provocative way. They're played respectively by Caroline Renfro, Joanna Gerdy, Annette Gill, and Meghan Lowther under the direction of Julie Janorschke, a standout at the original reading. Through May 23 at SPAC, located at 201 Rampart St. in SouthEnd. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students with a special pay-what-you-can night on May 10. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

NC Dance Theatre's prince of cuteness, Jason Jacobs, takes to the skies as Peter Pan prances into Belk Theater for five performances -- including two 2pm weekend matinees -- through Sunday. NCDT artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux choreographs the colorful fantasy, flying us to Never Never Land on the wings of a Rossini score. If you've always suspected that the battles pitting Hook and his pirates against Pan and his Lost Boys were pure ballet to begin with, count your suspicions confirmed in this tutu-good-to-be-true adaptation of J.M. Barrie's children's classic, celebrating its centennial this year. Tickets are priced at $10-$55. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

It's that time of year again when folks gather downtown to experience the outdoor joys of live music amid the crush of people, skyscrapers and asphalt parking lots of CityFest Live. This year's overall lineup is woeful, though the NBA's "Rhythms 'n' Rims" stage features a strong hip-hop lineup of pioneers, current stars and potential stars (Roots, Cee-Lo, Cali Farm) -- exactly the come-one-come-all approach the other stages should have taken, but didn't. Instead, we get has-beens like Saturday headliner (headliner?) Hootie and radio-friendly, assembly-line rock from the likes of Sister Hazel. And what about Charlotte's vibrant local music scene? Well, they're, um, totally absent. Nevertheless, there are a few bands (aside from the hip-hop stage) worth checking out if you're already wading through the crowds: Medeski, Martin and Wood play headliner on the BellSouth stage Sunday, Cracker has the 6:30-7:30pm slot Saturday on the Budweiser stage, and jam-grass fans will get a kick from Leftover Salmon playing the 4:45-6pm BellSouth stage slot on Saturday. The shows run Friday, 5pm-midnight; Saturday, 1pm-12:30am; and Sunday, 1-8pm. For more information, see the ads in this issue or call 704-522-6500 or go to (Schacht)

In a gooey, viney swamp there lurks a very, very hairy creature who scares the bejabbers out of young Wiley -- even though his momma is the county's ace conjure woman. Great children's stories don't let you off the hook easily when it comes to confronting your worst fears, and so it goes in Wiley and the Hairy Man, clomping into Children's Theatre through May 16. Tarradiddle Players bring their outgoing spin to this Southeastern folktale at 1017 E. Morehead Street with Joy Blythe as Wiley and Steven Ivey as his hairy nemesis. Center seats are $12, side seats $10. Call 704-333-8983. (Tannenbaum)

The sausage and peppers will be sizzling on the grill and the vino will be flowing at the 8th Annual Ciao, Italia! Festival uptown today. There's entertainment all day, wine tastings, pasta-making demonstrations, kids' activities, and a silent auction of memorabilia -- including a baseball autographed by Joltin' Joe DiMaggio. And, most importantly, don't forget the array of Italian pastries -- all high-carb and delizioso. The festival runs from 11am-7pm at the Wachovia Plaza and Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St. Admission is $1, or free with a Harris Teeter VIC card. For more info, call 704-614-3822 or visit (Vespa)

California pop-punk trio Blink 182 haven't changed their sound -- or sneering diatribes -- much since they went to a major label. Cypress Hill remain the kings of Latino hip hop. The turntable mastery of DJ Muggs and the rapid-fire vocal delivery of B Real and Sen Dog continue to influence and expand the genre. Cypress Hill have taken their recent rock-leaning hip-hop to a distinctly Jamaican tip on the latest disc Till Death Do Us Part. The reggae directives add on to their ever-present pro-pot bravado with the help of Damin Marley on "Ganja Bus" and Rancid's Tim Armstrong on "What's Your Number." Taking Back Sunday are also playing. At Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 7pm. Tickets are $31.50. For more details call 704-522-6500. (Shukla)

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