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Thursday, April 6

Oh, that blue lion. He normally shows up to usher us to good savings on Oscar Meyer bologna and liquid detergent. But Mr. Lion has a few tricks up his sleeve this weekend -- namely, flying cars and the Marshall Tucker Band. Say whaaaaat? At the Food Lion-sponsored AutoFair -- Thursday to Saturday (8am-6pm) and Sunday (8am-4pm) -- "unusual vehicles with land, sea and air capabilities" will be showcased. The Tucker boys will be searchin' for their rainbow on Sunday only, but there's a gigantic flea market on all four days. Tickets to the show at Lowes Motor Speedway can be purchased at the gate; $10 for adults, 12 and under get in free. (Neumark)

Belying its name, BareBones Theatre Group moves up to the big time with Orange Flower Water. Hey, somebody had to think about moving a theater company downtown after Charlotte Rep imploded. The cast is rather glitzy for BBTG, featuring former Indianapolis Colts placekicker Dean Biasucci, who has scored acting gigs on ER and The West Wing since hanging up his cleats. Craig Wright is the playwright who penned this drama about two marriages heading toward perdition after sparks ignite a longtime platonic relationship. Wright sports some heavyweight credentials of his own, nabbing an Emmy nomination for his work on Six Feet Under. BBTG is calling former Rep subscribers, offering a money-back guarantee if they don't like what they see at Duke Power Theatre through April 22. Performances are evenings at 8pm, Thursday through Saturday, with adult tickets $15-$20 and students/seniors $12-$15. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Indulge yourself in a little nostalgia. Care Bears Live: Caring and Sharing Friends will be at Cricket Arena on Independence Boulevard at 7pm Thursday, with performances running through Sunday. If you don't feel like channeling your inner child, buying a few tickets might at least earn you some cred with your young (very young) relatives. And they just might learn a valuable lesson about friendship -- you've got to be a friend to have a friend. The Care Bears encourage kids to sing, clap and otherwise work off that sugar rush. It's all very shiny and happy. Admission is $14 to $26 (all seats $14 on opening night). For more details, go to www.carebearslive.com or call 704-335-3100. (Shugart)

Friday, April 7

Children's Theatre is pushing the envelope a little bit after a spectacular season at their new ImaginOn, offering their first musical at McColl Family Playhouse through April 22. It's none other than Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, with book and lyrics by the author. One CL Actor of the Year, Mark Sutton, is onstage, and four Actresses of the Year are involved -- Nicia Carla, Gina Stewart and newly crowned Susan Roberts Knowlson onstage, plus Jill Bloede directing. So, yes, chances for success are quite good, perhaps better than chances of getting a good seat if you don't hurry. Performances are Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 11am and 3pm. Sundays are trickier: 2pm and 5pm on April 9, 2pm on April 23. Front orchestra, $18, is already sold out for at least five of the performances, but plenty general admission tix are available at $14. Call 704-973-2828. (Tannenbaum)

Tally-ho, cheerio and all that. The third-annual Charlotte Jumper Classic features jumpers and their noble steeds on a twisting, turning obstacle course in which it's all about the timing. Remember those Looney Tunes cartoons where Yosemite Sam is always battling with his ride of choice and ends with him slugging it and exclaiming, "When I say 'Whoa,' I mean 'Whoa'"? Well, take a little of that and add a healthy dose of sophistication and control and there you have it. The three-day competition begins tonight at 6pm at Bobcats Arena and ends Sunday. Tickets range from $5-$75, depending on whether you want to buy a three-day pass. For more info, go to www.charlottebobcatsarena.com or www.charlottejumperclassic.com. (Calloway)

Hardin Minor, the clown-turned-politician (redundant? you decide), comes to ImaginOn for the first time with Omimeo & Friends. Responding to past criticisms of mime connoisseur Lawrence Toppman, Minor is promising more pure mime this time around. As always, there's plenty of pure talent. Augmenting the usual suspects -- Minor, Eddie Williams, Lavinia Plonka, Lazaro Memije and Drew Nowlin -- rock&roll hall of famer Tom Constanten takes leave of Moving Poets, accompanying the hijinx with choice snatches of Thelonious Monk, Fats Waller and the imperishable Spike Jones. There are four performances at Wachovia Playhouse, Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 1pm and 3pm and Sunday at 4pm. Front orchestra is $12, general admission $10. Call 704-973-2828. (Tannenbaum)

No, the folks at CP really don't like to have their stately new Halton Theater empty for long. Kim Robards Dance to the rescue! A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Robards established her professional dance company in Denver in 1987. But this Charlotte debut for the troupe is more than just a sentimental -- or temporary -- homecoming. After their performances at Halton, April 7 and 8 at 8pm, Robards Dance will be making Charlotte its permanent second home. Headlining the company's debut, Robards' new work, Kym Gym Megalomania, is choreographed to the music of Ya Baby String Quartet. The other offerings, choreographed to the music of Terry Riley, Ernest Bloch and Wojciech Kilar, sound equally intriguing. Adult tickets are $20-$25, students/seniors $15-$20. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)

Saturday, April 8

Charlotte's favorite rockers en español, La Rúa, are in the planning stages for Carlotan Rock 2006, the band's annual Latin rock festival that's currently slated for July. In the meantime, these musical Ecuadorians and Venezuelans promise a "full Latin Rock show" tonight at the intimate Evening Muse. Likeminded compadres of the REE movement, Bakalao Stars, will open with their tropical and reggae-tinged sound beginning at 10:30pm. Tickets are $7 in advance. For more details, hop over to www.theeveningmuse.com. (Shukla)

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Homegrown soul singer Anthony Hamilton returns to where he's from when he brings his Change the World Tour to Charlotte's Ovens Auditorium. He left the QC for New York, traveled west to sunny LA and toured in Europe with D'Angelo all in pursuit of his muse. But it wasn't until his collabo with the Nappy Roots on "Po' Folks" led to a Grammy nod for Best Rap/Song Collaboration that the industry took notice of Hamilton's talent. His breakthrough album Coming from Where I'm From went platinum and made everyone take notice of the Charlotte native with the rich, gritty voice that makes you feel every note. On his follow-up, Ain't Nobody Worryin', Hamilton continues his role as soul storyteller. Opening is Dayton, OH, Curtis Mayfield fan Van Hunt. Tickets are $44. For details hit www.ovensauditorium.com. (Calloway)

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