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July 14 - Thursday
City Stage fringe theatre festival resumes at Spirit Square as Carolina Actors Studio Theatre reprises one of its tastiest comedies. Two wayward souls collide in a fateful supermarket encounter near the canned tuna in Christopher Durang's Laughing Wild. Intersecting monologues dissect the encounter, life in New York, and the universe. Michael Simmons and Leslie Beckham bring Durang's lively satire wriggling to the surface as they did in the original 2004 production under the quirky direction of young TJ Derham. Through July 24 at Duke Power Theatre with Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. A LivePulse discussion with cast and director follows the July 15 performance. Tickets for all City Stage shows, presented by the PAC, are $19.99 (special three-for-two offer with the "Frequent Fringe Card"). Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

July 15 - Friday
Come get a glimpse of how folks kicked it old school — and I mean real old school — during the Mint Museum of Art's Ancient Egyptian Art for the Afterlife exhibit. The exhibit features more than 90 artifacts on loan from a local collector, including a rare mummified falcon as well as vases, figurines, daggers and other collectibles dating back to the Pre-Dynastic Period (4000-3000 BC). The exhibit runs from July 15 to Dec. 4. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road. For more info, call 704-337-2000 or go to mintmuseum.org (Boykin)

The new Charlotte NC Black Gay Pride 2005 will take place today through Sunday at various locations around town. This 3-day Black Gay Pride celebration features features a black gay pride expo at the Afro-American Cultural Center, performances by the ensemble Adodi Muse at the CAST theater, a film showcase, workshops, pride parties and more. For more details on specific events visit www.charlottencblackgaypride.com. (Shukla)

July 16 - Saturday
Paramount's Carowinds is spicing it up this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) with Celebracion Latina, a two-day Latino festival. Dine on authentic Latin cuisine, participate in a salsa contest, listen to some of the area's most popular Latino musicians, or just enjoy the rides and water park. The event is free with park admission. Tickets available online at www.celebracionlatina.com, by phone at 1-800-888-4386 or at the park box office. (Lauren MacLeod)

Spicy, too. Speaking of Latin flavors, Mandorico fuses Latin rhythms with jammy rock and lyrics sung in Spanish and English. The band, a live favorite in the Southeast, has opened for artists as diverse as the legendary Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and rockers Foo Fighters. Expect lots of horns, harmonies, sweat and dancing when the band cranks up at the Neighborhood Theatre. Tickets are $8 and available at www.neighborhoodthreatre.com or by calling 704-358-9298. (Kemp)

Got rhythm? The Charlotte Museum of History and Charlotte Folk Society have it this weekend when Ghanian music master Nii Tettey Tettah and the Kusun Ensemble bring to town their "Nokoko" music - a combination of Ghanian and jazz rhythms. This original mix should have you tapping your toes in no time. The ensemble will perform two one-hour shows at the Charlotte Museum of History, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members and will be on sale until July 14th. Call 704-568-1774 for more information. (Lauren MacLeod)

July 19 - Tuesday
Real-life forensic anthropologist and best-selling author Kathy Reichs, who used to teach at UNC Charlotte, will be in town to read from and sign her latest Tempe Brennan novel, Cross Bones. The reading is today at 7pm at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in SouthPark. Taking a page from Dan Brown, Reichs has her fictional forensic anthropologist Tempe investigating the recent death of an unknown man in Montreal, which leads her to Israel and the mysteries behind an ancient murder there. You'll need a ticket to get in — which you get when you buy the book. Call 704-602-9820 or check www.josephbeth.com. (Ann Wicker)

Carole King's rich, warm voice, expressive piano playing and huge repertoire of classic American pop should be recognizable to anyone who's listened to the radio in the past 40 years - either back in the day or on today's classic formats. Her hits span from the songs she wrote for the girl groups of the early 60s (the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; the Chiffons' "One Fine Day"; Little Eva's "The Locomotion") to her own masterful, Tapestry-era 70s pop-folk ballads "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend." The iconic singer/songwriter performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at 8pm. Tickets, from $45 to $75, are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.cellardoor.com, by phone at 704-522-6500 or at the box office. (Vespa)

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