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The West Coast hip-hop of Black Eyed Peas is thankfully more socially conscious than the violent bravado of their gangsta rap compatriots. Even when the core duo was signed to gangsta Easy E's Ruthless records in the early 90s as Atban Klann, they were forward thinking and puzzled the label's fans with evolved rhymes. Their monstrous funky beats are potent and some members began as a breakdancing crew, so their dance skills aren't shabby either. At 9pm, Belk Arena, Davidson College. Tickets are $29, further details at (Shukla)

For this year's edition of Innovative Works from North Carolina Dance Theatre, the company is bringing a cool six-pack of new works to Booth Playhouse that have never been performed in Charlotte before, four of them world premieres. Choreographer Daryl Gray joins the brotherhood of NCDT innovators with the premiere of "American Folk," setting the tone for the mostly homespun program. Mary Hudetz joins the sisterhood with "Word's Edge," set to contemporary music by Brian Eno and Jon Hassell that chimes with her Native American heritage. The folksy flavor is sustained by local musicians in live performance: The Greasy Beans performing in the world premiere (finally!) of Mark Godden's "Double Blind" and singer-songwriter Christine Kane gracing Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's "I'm With You." Choreography by Washington Ballet artistic director and CL's reigning Sexiest Man in Charlotte, Uri Sands, completes the bill. Evenings through Saturday with an added 2pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $35-$40 with senior discounts -- plus special $10 student tickets one hour prior to each show. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

If you're ready for the holidays, well, the Southern Christmas Show is packed full of holiday cheer, decor suggestions, treats, entertainment and gift ideas. If the craft shopping doesn't suit you, take a stroll through the Enchanted Village or glance at the tree displays -- and don't overlook the strudel! The craftspeople will be on hand to share their expertise with the grown-ups, while the kids get Santa's full attention. The winter wonderland is open weekdays and Saturdays from 10am-9:30pm and Sundays from 10am-6pm, through Nov. 21. Tickets cost $7 in advance and $8 at the door, discounted for children under 12. For more information, go to or call 1-800-849-0248. (Callahan)

The Charlotte Film Society's Second Week series continues today at the Manor Theatre. This week's lineup showcases Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut, the marvelous cult flick that's been brought back to theaters with extra footage; the Icelandic feature Noi, about a 17-year-old boy attempting to break away from his desolate village; France's Since Otar Left, the Cannes prize winner about a woman who tries to keep news of her brother's death concealed from their frail mother; and the Chinese import Zhou Yu's Train, with the great Gong Li essaying two different roles in a drama about a love triangle. For reviews of Since Otar Left and Zhou Yu's Train, see this issue's Film section; for information on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to (Brunson)

Omimeo Mime Theatre, headed by mainstays Hardin Minor and Drew Nowlin, bring Kabuki Magic to Children's Theatre for a three-day run. Disdaining the total silence of French purists, Omimeons will stir-fry their usual mix of mime comedy and blacklight wizardry with martial arts thrusts, screams, horrid movie sound effects -- and Matrix mumbo-jumbo. Tickets are $7-$9 for all performances at 1017 E. Morehead Street. Call 704-333-8983. (Tannenbaum)

Kyoko Takezawa keeps her rendezvous with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in an encore appearance at Belk Theater. This time around, Takezawa tackles Igor Feodorovich Stravinsky's neo-Baroque Violin Concerto in an all-Russian program. CSO maestro Christof Perick returns to the podium, launching the evening with the familiar sweetness and thunder of Tchaikovsky's "Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy." For dessert, we get a bigger, lusher orchestral treat in its CSO debut when the ensemble digs into Borodin's Symphony #2. Single tickets are $14-$16 for both the Friday and Saturday concerts. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

Elusive guitarist J Mascis was among the mid-80s frontrunners of the Alterna-rock movement with his rock combo Dinosaur jr. His thick, massive rock guitar riffs, padded by plenty of sheer volume and stretched vocals, made Dinosaur jr. influential on the burgeoning grunge and indie scene. J Mascis and the Fog pretty much continue that tradition of layered distortion squalls, monolithic riffs and, yes, volume. But the axeman is just as effective when playing acoustic. Dave Schools will open the show. At Amos' Southend, details 704-377-6874 or (Shukla)

Historic South End hosts an annual fundraiser to increase awareness for ALS, a neuromuscular disease also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." Create for a Cure lets you view and purchase art from some of the area's finest visual artists including Greg Barnes, Marilyn Charlat-Dix and Robert Langford. Local musicians will provide mood music for the exhibit, and T-shirts, posters, beer and wine will be for sale with all proceeds benefiting the Carolinas ALS Center, one of the nation's leading ALS facilities. This free event will be held at 1507 Camden Rd., next to Charlotte Art League from 7pm-midnight. For more information, call 704-650-2978. (Grossman)

Emeka Okafor, Primoz Brezec, and the Charlotte Bobcats take on dunkmeister Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors tonight, in what may be one of the more winnable matchups on the team's schedule. Outside of Richardson, Golden State's offense is mostly comprised of also-rans (Calbert Cheaney) or could-be's (Troy Murphy, Adonal Foyle). On Tuesday, former Duke star Carlos Boozer and teammate Andrei Kirelinko -- the erstwhile "AK47" -- lead the Utah Jazz against the scrappy "Cats. Both games are at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $10-$115, available at or by calling 704-522-6500. (Davis)

This year's Veteran's Day Parade in uptown Charlotte boasts 90 units, featuring high school and military bands, floats, military vehicles, classic cars and JROTC marching units from all over the county. The parade route begins at the Hal Marshall Center at 11am, marching south down Tryon Street, turning onto Third Street, and ending at Marshall Park. Call 704-333-0377 for details.

Talib Kweli, along with rapper/actor Mos Def one half of the seminal hip-hop group Black Star and one of the most well-respected rappers in The Game, appears at the Neighborhood Theatre tonight at 9pm. Tickets to see the laser-sharp lyricist (Jay-Z recently sang his praises in Entertainment Weekly) are $20, available by calling 704-358-9298 or online at (Davis)

With the recent election behind us, there should be plenty to talk about when author and NY Times columnist David Brooks speaks at the Charlotte Museum of History. A former Wall Street Journal writer, Brooks is often referred to as a conservative that progressives can like. In other words, no rants. He has also written books like BoBos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, leading some critics to opine that Brooks is too focused on his own social class and needs a wider view of the world. The event starts at 8pm and is free to the public. The museum is at 3500 Shamrock Dr. For reservations call 704-568-1774, ext. 114. (Grooms)

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat boogies its way out of the Old Testament and into our hearts at Belk Theater. Venerable Grammy Award winner Jon Secada stars as Israel's favorite son in a colorful romp that will bring smiles even to Webber's staunchest detractors. The musical mix of calypso, country, rock, cabaret, and a cosmic Presleyesque Pharoah is irresistible. And -- even fractured with shtick, even with every color of the rainbow represented in the Egyptian girls' wigs -- it's still a damn good story. Evenings through Sunday plus weekend matinees. Tickets for the caravan are $23-$58. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

A member of the long-running, semi-legendary and underappreciated Mekons, Sally Timms has earned a reputation for versatility over her 20-plus years in music. She's appearing tonight at the Evening Muse, along with tour-sidekick Johnny Dowd, backing her critically acclaimed new one, In the World of Him. Songs written mostly by (and about) men and their inability to express themselves, Timms uses her lovely British voice to express a myriad of emotions after a difficult breakup, a theme that always tends to find at least a few interested. You can be one at of them tonight beginning at 8pm, and tickets are only $9. Call 704-376-3737 for details. (Schacht)

Correction: A photo in last week's See & Do was mistakenly identified as CPCC's pro-duction of On Your Toes. This show is at UNCC through November 14. We regret the error.

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