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Friday, January 06

A celebration of its first year in Charlotte, the Hayes George Gallery's First Annual Anniversary Show highlights works by the acclaimed artists who have been featured at the gallery. Artists including Alison Dunn, Mayme Kratz, Michale Kessler and Hiro Yokose are represented in the array of traditional and nontraditional art and sculpture. The show's opening reception is tonight from 6-9pm, and the exhibit runs through January 31. The gallery is located at 225 E. Worthington Ave. For more information, call 704-332-3278 or visit www.hayesgeorgegallery.com. (Vespa)

For those of you in need of a fresh outlook for the new year, Elder Gallery, 1427 South Boulevard, offers Emerging Artists 2006. The exhibit covers everything from unique photography on glass, mixed media abstract, realism, impressionism and contemporary art. The showcase runs through February 18 and includes the exceptionally talented Liliane Eberle Bouquet, Jung Han Kim and Leandro Manzo, among others. An Artist Reception is tonight from 6 until 9pm. For further details, call 704-370-6337 or visit www.elderart.com. (Calloway)

It's fun to watch two cars crash into each other. And there's less of a moral dilemma when you know no one is getting seriously injured (probably). Let's hope the Bobcats get off their floor before it's covered in dirt and the ginormous beast trucks begin rolling around their arena at the USHRA Monster Jam, held tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 day of the show; $5 for kids 12 and under in advance. Call 800-495-2295 or visit www.charlottebobcatsarena.com. (Neumark

Saturday, January 07

Follow through with your New Year's Resolution and do it all for a good cause at Charlotte's Run for Peace 10k and 5k Run/Walk. Proceeds will benefit The United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women, a counseling and assistance center for domestic violence, including child abuse victims. Resolution: Register today for lowest entry fees, show up for the race at 8:30am at the Westin downtown, and stick around for the awards ceremony at 10:30am. Go to www.charlotterunforpeace.com for details. (Emily Milloy)

Join fellow devotees in singing "Happy Birthday, Dear Elvis" at Elvis' Birthday Party, sponsored by the Elvis Fan Club of Matthews-Mint Hill. Impersonators Chuck Ayers, Mike Brooks and Marc Woodward will take you back in time with all the lip curling and pelvis roundabouts that made Elvis king. The event will be held at Skandalos at 7pm; admission is $20 at the door. For more info, call 704-545-6618. (Emily Milloy)

The golden trumpet of Cecil Welch is on display as Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra breezes down Nostalgia Boulevard with Mancini Memories. Ever-dapper Albert E. Moehring wields the baton with his customary panache as the CPO delivers Saint-Saëns's March Herioque and Gershwin's "Overture to Girl Crazy." Brassy fireworks climax when Welch revs up his middle fingers and plunges into "Days of Wine and Roses." That's just one of the choice scores he'll revive from the days he played lead trumpet for composer Henry Mancini. Single tickets are priced at $30 for the 8pm concert at Ovens Auditorium. Call 704-846-2788 or 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Monday, January 09

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of South Africa? I know: Nelson Mandela. And his greatest achievement was bringing about the end of apartheid. The Levine Museum of the New South presents From Apartheid to Democracy: The Struggle for Liberation in South Africa. It's part of a new initiative in Charlotte called South By South Africa: Crafting Cultural Understanding. The apartheid exhibit highlights the similarities between the American South and the South African experience through its first 10 years as a democracy. It begins today and will run through May 15. The museum is located at 200 East 7th Street. For more information, call 704-333-1887. (Calloway)

Wednesday, January 11

Chris Thile and Mike Marshall are innovators on the mandolin, and this acoustic pairing will additionally highlight Marshall's mastery of guitar and violin. Thile is a member of the newgrass band Nickel Creek and Marshall's forays into Brazilian music imbue a jazz noir vibe to his playing. Marshall, also a teacher, runs the world music label Adventure Music. Thile's Southern Cali upbringing, a galaxy away from our traditional bluegrass homelands, helps add a buoyant twist to the style. The duo performs tonight at Spirit Square. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $18.50-$22.50. For more info, call 704-372-1000. (Shukla)

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