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Once upon a time, cruise ships were considered ultra-glam settings for musicals, and teenagers would actually blush when caught in the act of unchaperoned "petting." CPCC Summer Theatre has thrived for 30 years reminding their blue-haired faithful of the good ole days and introducing a new generation to their charms. Anything Goes launches the company's 31st season in classic CP style. Daffy shipboard plot, Cole Porter songs and P.G. Wodehouse wit are the key drawing cards in the season opener from Charlotte's musical comedy specialists. With brassy, sassy nightclub singer Reno Sweeney on board -- not to mention Moonface Martin (Public Enemy #13), FBI agents, a ritzy debutante, and a stowaway admirer -- the anchor never drops on this breezy, tuneful comedy cruise. At Pease Auditorium through June 19. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)

Stan Peal reigns as CL's Theaterperson of the Year largely on the strength of his prolific playwriting skills, including his soon-to-be-revived The Friar & the Nurse, best original Charlotte play of 2003. Almost exactly a year later, Scratchy Scratcherton's Revenge premieres at SouthEnd Performing Arts Center, returning us to Peal's native land of comedy. Scratchy transports us to a Milwaukee pizzeria run by a recovering drug addict and a Zen pepperoni master who worships a sacred pizza tree. Or is it a Zen pizza master who worships a sacred pepperoni tree? Everyone appears to resemble foul-mouthed Teletubbies, and Peal is aiming mercilessly for the funnybone with loud guns, simulated sex, unbridled hip-hop dancing, more loud guns, and rampant pizza abuse. Tickets are $15 at 201 Rampart Street through June 26. Call 704-332-5300. (Tannenbaum)

Who dares to bring Eugene Ionesco's The Lesson to the Black Box at Children's Theatre? It's the third summer for The Farm, those quixotic young theater visionaries who dare to believe there's a future for Jean Genet, Harold Pinter, and even Mac Wellman on the local scene. Farm's production of Ionesco's absurdist classic may make their case more compellingly than ever before, with Mark Sutton, Cody Harding, and CL's reigning Actress of the Year, Beth Pierce, in starring roles. Comedy and profundity dance an elegant quadrille as the French master probes whether it's the student or the teacher who learns the lesson -- or if intellectual growth is really possible. Through June 26 at 1017 E. Morehead Street. Tickets are $12 ($10 in advance) for adults and $5 for students. Call 704-334-1177. (Tannenbaum)

The 21st annual Heroes Convention, the product of Shelton Drum and those crazy comics kids over at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, takes place today through Sunday (11am-7:30pm on Friday, 10am-6:30 on Saturday, and 11am-8pm on Sunday) at the Convention Center. Featuring gaming tournaments, celebrity guest artists and writers like Joe Sinnott, Bill Sienkiewicz and Aaron Lopresti, and numerous panels and discussions (not to mention loads of comics and figures for sale), the HeroesCon is way too big to completely synopsize here. Why not go to for more, or call the shop at 704-339-6000? Meanwhile, shore up your argument as to why Spidey would totally whip Wolverine's ass (and you know he would). (Davis)

Root, root, root for the home team! The Charlotte Knights look forward to eight consecutive home games beginning tonight at 7:15pm, with the first of four games vs. the Indianapolis Indians whom they play through Monday, followed by another four-game series against the Ottawa Lynx. There's really not a better way to spend a summer evening than kickin' up your feet in the cheap seats with an ice-cold beer and some Dragon Tails, aka fried pickles -- yum! Single game tickets start at $8 and may be purchased online at or by calling 704-36-HOMER. Visit the Knights' website for additional game times. (Grossman)

Tremont owner Penny Craver's right-hand woman, Melanie "Mel" Hoffman, is leaving the music venue after 9 years due to her multiple sclerosis, and the weekend's events are both a fond farewell and benefit. MelFest takes place tonight, with The Side, My So Called Band and Murdercycle, among others, donating their time and talents to help defray some of Hoffman's medical bills. On Saturday, the Gathering of the Mullets 5, featuring Civility Burns, Djinn, Denied and 14 other bands, is a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets for both shows are $6-$8. Tonight's show gets underway at 7pm; Saturday, an all-ages show, the doors open at 2pm. For more information, call 704.343.9494 or go to (Schacht)

Now this Purgatory is more like it. The 14th installment of the "fetish/entertainment" event, at Amos' Southend tonight, goes by the moniker Twilight Fairy Tales, its stated goal to "educate and stimulate." There'll be vendors offering everything from "floggers to custom-fit fangs," performances from Plush Pincushion, Madam Lillith Deville and Mistress Autumn Twilight, and demonstrations from "Dr. Spankenstein" and Black Garden's Rope Suspension Stage. DJs Spider and Kangal will provide the musical backdrop. There's no official dress code, but unless you have a real need to stand out in a crowd, Renaissance faire, twisted fairy tale and fetish wear costumes are recommended. The doors open at 9pm, and tickets are $10, $12 at the door, with an additional charge for the VIP room. For more information, go to (Schacht)

Coming off a four-game road trip, the mighty Charlotte Sting host the San Antonio Silver Stars tonight at Charlotte Coliseum at 7pm. Single tickets range from $10-$59 and may be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX. If you can't make it to the game, be sure to catch the play-by-play on WNMX 106. (Grossman)

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