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JULY 7 - WEDNESDAY
Religious fanaticism has become less laughable since Larry Shue first unveiled The Foreigner in 1983. But the intimacy between painfully shy limey Charlie Baker and backwoods dolt Ellard Simms hasn't lost a bit of its luster in the wake of 9/11. In fact, Shue's point -- that we can't afford diffidence and ignorance in a world where ignorance leads to catastrophe -- is more pertinent than ever. CPCC Summer Theatre director Tom Hollis has tapped Chaz Pofahl to star as Baker with Ashby Blakeley as Ellard. The newly relevant Foreigner runs through July 17 at Pease Auditorium off Elizabeth Avenue with tickets priced at $16. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)

JULY 8 - THURSDAY
The exciting City Stage fringe theater festival kicks off at Spirit Square with Melissa James Gibson's adorably funky comedy, [sic]. In a production directed by Allison Modafferi, the wackiness in brackets was last summer's surprise hit. The youthful angst returns in all its glorious twisted immaturity, delivered by the same stellar cast. Aaron Moore portrays the intrepid composer who is actually serious about writing music for amusement parks. Nicia Carla is the object of his warped affections and Peter Smeal vacuums his way to glory as their neighbor. Gibson has her finger on the insanely trivial pursuits of the Computer Age and wryly demonstrates how modernity has warped us all. Through July 11. Evenings at 8pm through Saturday plus a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Single tickets are $19.99 with a $69.96 package available for all four City Stage productions. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

The David Grisman Quintet, world's foremost proponents of "Dawg Music," will play the Neighborhood Theatre tonight at 8pm. Mandolin wizard Grisman -- once called the Paganini of the instrument by The New York Times -- will lead his crack ensemble through a wide range of acoustic influences, including swing, Latin, jazz and gypsy, all tied up with a bluegrass flair. (Plus, he sports one of the coolest beards since another famous wizard, Gandalf.) Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Charge via phone at 704-358-9298 or log on to www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Davis)

The Storm rolls into town as the Charlotte Sting play Seattle tonight at 7pm in their first of two home games this week. Hopefully, all-star guard Dawn Staley will be back on board after suffering a recent injury. On Saturday, the Sting will host the Washington Mystics at 6pm. Both games will be played at Charlotte Coliseum. Single game tickets start at $10. Call 1-877-WNBA-TIX. (Grossman)

JULY 9 - FRIDAY
The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week/Second Chance series continues today at the Manor Theatre as well as next Friday at Movies at Birkdale. This month's offerings are The Barbarian Invasions, The Battle of Algiers, Distant and The 2004 Oscar Shorts. For brief write-ups, see this issue's Film section; for information on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to http://charlottefilmsociety.com. (Brunson)

Emerging local artists converge at the Historic South End Artist Alley on the second Saturday of every month throughout the summer. Nebel and Tompkins alleys come to life from 10am-4pm as artists display their paintings, jewelry, pottery and other media for your viewing and/or purchasing pleasure. It's a great reason to get outside on a beautiful weekend day and explore Charlotte's budding design Mecca. The "alleys" are located between the Design Center buildings at the corner of Camden Rd. and W. Worthington Ave. Call 704-377-9770 for details. (Grossman)

JULY 10 - SATURDAY
Hard to believe now, but when Chicago Transit Authority released their debut in 1969, they were considered so hip, they were picked to open for Jimi Hendrix. They soon shortened the band's name to Chicago and became hugely popular. They continued to release records nearly ad infinitum and at last count had reached Chicago 26. Their output has ranged from the early fiery, horns-fueled jazz-rock with avant-garde guitar screaming, to the "love it or leave it" Peter Cetera years. Their success ironically seemed to douse the band's spark and whatever edginess they had flaunted early on dissipated into horn-driven pap. Truth is, though, that even after 35 years, "I'm A Man" will make you wanna crank the volume knob clockwise. Earth Wind & Fire are a showman's R&B band with a massive horns and rhythm section that puts most contemporary R&B to shame, even though they haven't had a major hit in years. EW&F have long etched their name in the classic soul era. Expect an evening of non-stop hits. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Tickets are $19-$54. Details: 704-522-6500. (Shukla/Grooms)

JULY 12 - MONDAY
The Main Library's annual Summer Film Series kicks off at 7pm tonight with The Long Goodbye, director Robert Altman's adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel. The movie is the first of eight that the venue will be screening every Monday through August 30 under the theme Snoops and Sleuths: American Private Eye Films. Other upcoming titles include two genuine classics, The Big Sleep and Chinatown. Admission is free. For a look at the complete line-up, see Movie Missives in this issue's Film section; for other info, call 704-336-6217. (Brunson)

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