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Wednesday, May 10

Punk-pop trio Whole Wheat Bread writes anthems that usually haul ass way past the speed limit and could easily emanate from one of the hipster bands on Epitaph out of Cali. But Jacksonville's WWB doesn't need to talk the talk or walk the walk, it holds its own just fine. The racial boundary stretching band plays tonight's all-ages gig at Tremont Music Hall along with the Matches, MC Lars and Forgive Durden. Tickets are $8-$10 and showtime is 7pm. Details at (Shukla)

Thursday, May 11

The course of true Bard returns to the Uptown as Collaborative Arts presents A Midsummer Night's Dream outdoors on the Green -- running smoothly, we hope, through May 21. James Cartee, Joe Copley, Matt Cosper, Corliss Hayes, Kristin Jones, Beth Yost and Jim Yost are among the notables cavorting through this fantastical comedy. You're allowed to bring food and drink from the surrounding restaurants to the festivities, and you're also encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to the greensward. Hey, admission is free, so it's fair that you help out: donations will be accepted. Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm. Call 704-625-1288 for weather hotline. (Tannenbaum)

Illadelph's (and the world's) greatest live (read: instrument-playing) hip-hop band, the Roots, has assumed sage status in the hip-hop community, receiving kudos from more camps than a Scoutmaster General. Luckily for us dirty South types, ?uestlove and Black Thought and Co. are forgoing their copious guest collabs and Dave Chappelle appearances (well, ?uestlove, anyway) to once again do what they do best: raise the roof off clubs nation wide, all live and in-person like. If you're one of those Luddites that thinks that sample-and-computer-heavy hip-hop music is somehow a second cousin to its more instrumentally-based relatives, you're in for an eye-opening experience. You're also an idiot. For more information, log onto or call 704-377-6874. (Davis)

Friday, May 12

We'll admit it. Sometimes the Loaf is not enough! If you were captivated, appalled, fascinated or merely bewildered by our cover story about Scott Turner Schofield -- née Katie Kilborn -- you'll definitely want to check out Schofield's one-man show, Underground TRANSit. The occasion is no doubt as juicy as the show, for the transgender performance at Suzanne Little Recital Hall represents a homecoming for the quondam Katie who was once nearly the homecoming queen at Charlotte Latin School! Now Schofield reigns as a prime event in Time Out Youth's two-day LGBTQ conference. Doors open at 8:30pm for the 9pm event with tickets priced at $15. Naturally, there's a postshow talkback. Call 704-344-8335. (Tannenbaum)

She's known to rock the mic with -- a can of Diet Pepsi? For two decades, Paula Poundstone has focused her astonishing improvisational skills with a keen intelligence squarely on the funnybones of America to produce some of the best comedy bar none. Her success has made transitioning from the stage to television to currently appearing on NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" seem like child's play. The Big Picture tour, which she describes as "finding the teeny tiny part we play in the 'big picture,' like a life-sized 'Where's Waldo!,'" comes to Spirit Square tonight for two shows at 7pm and 9:30pm. Tickets range from $27-$32. Visit or call 704-372-1000. (Calloway)

Sound the all clear! Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is presenting an all-American program on its classics series that you don't have to run in terror from. Headlining the geniality is crossover double-bassist Edgar Meyer, playing his own folksy, fiddlesome Double Bass Concerto. A second helping of sweet Appalachia comes with Mark O'Connor's "Appalachia Waltz," defiling the subscription series with a genuine contemporary hit. One final daub of wholesome mountain color from Aaron Copland, the divine Appalachian Spring led by guest conductor George Hanson. At Belk Theater Friday and Saturday, starting at 8pm with tickets priced at $17-$49. Call 704-972-2000. (Tannenbaum)

Saturday, May 13

Beyoncé and them other two from Destiny's Child got it all wrong. Instead of always catering to some man, sometimes a sista needs someone to cater to her. Enter the Pantene Total You Tour. Celebrating its fifth year, PTYT was made for the modern African-American woman to promote health and wellness through sisterhood. Here you can kick it with your girls and receive an education from uplifting women like fitness superstar Donna Richardson-Joyner and Essence editorial director Susan L. Taylor. Other panelists include actress/comedian Myra J and Girlfriends star Jill Marie Jones. America's Next Top Model's Eva Pigford will host a fashion show and musical entertainment will include: Goapele, Mary Mary, Letoya Luckett and Tyrese. The Charlotte Convention Center is the place to be today at 1pm. General admission is $15. Order at Ticketmaster (704-522-6500) or online at (Calloway)

Unfasten your seatbelts -- and stand away from your computer monitor. For the first time ever, Actor's Scene Unseen is presenting live performances at Duke Power Theatre without an online feed or an online replay. The landmark event just happens to be the US premiere of Jack -- The Musical with book and lyrics by Christopher T. George and music by Erik Sitbon. The title character isn't climbing beanstalks, so leave the kiddies at home. We're dealing with Jack the Ripper here and the serial killer's rampage through London in 1888. Performances Saturday and Sunday (talk about the perfect Mother's Day gift!) are scheduled for 2pm and 8pm with tickets priced at $25. George and Sitbon will be onstage for talkbacks after both Saturday performances, winging to Spirit Square from Baltimore and France respectively. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Sunday, May 14

Looking to do something to do with mom other than the early bird special? Fresh Faces of Comedy, a troupe featuring five of Charlotte's best up-and-coming stand-up comedians, will be performing at the Eden Nightclub (202 E. Independence Boulevard). These underground funnymen run the comedic gamut: random, silly and sometimes bawdy (so warn mommy if she's easily offended). Drink specials and prize giveaways will keep mom on her toes. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 if you mention you saw this article in Creative Loafing and free for all moms. Doors open at 7:30pm; show starts at 8pm. For more info call 704-644-8016. (Neumark)

Since his early 1970s debut, Charlie Wilson has been a respected sessioneer and fronted Tulsa's premier fraternal soul-funk trio, the Gap Band. After being rescued from the clutches of Satan -- and playing mentor to Snoop and R. Kelly -- that indelible Gap voice has now gone solo. Why shouldn't Wilson reap the benefits, when two generations of R&B pretenders ape the tones of "Outstanding" and others? "Uncle" Charlie throws down with classics and cuts from his latest CD, Charlie ... Last Name Wilson, during two Mother's Day shows at Club Tempo, 8 and 11pm. 7pm doors open. Ticket info at 704-391-8909. (Crazy Horse)

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