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Wednesday, June 14

File this under: "Those guys are still around?" World Party is in essence singer and multi-instrumentalist Karl Wallinger, a Brit fond of those lilting turns and twists of pop music. He launched World Party in the late '80s after a stint with the Waterboys. Wallinger has always been an astute student of pop structure, and the reissued Dumbing Up, from 2000, is as worthy as his earlier works. The reissue includes a DVD package of World Party vids. This is the band's first tour in seven years. Will the music sound retro? Maybe. Is it hip enough for the "Blog" century? Damn right. Tickets are $20 and the show begins 8pm at the Neighborhood Theatre. For further details call 704-358-9298 or visit www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. (Shukla)

Thursday, June 15

The House of Africa hosts the 9th Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas. Since its beginnings in Texas during the final dog days of slavery, June 19 has become a day of celebration nationwide. Locally, it's a four-day party at Independence Park, on Hawthorne Avenue, starting today with a cultural camp for kids. June 16 features the Inaugural Drum Circle, and on Saturday and Sunday are a fish fry, parade, street festival, Sunday church services and a youth seminar. For more details call 704-376-6160 or visit www.juneteenthofthecarolinas.com. (Calloway)

Friday, June 16

The Samples are a long-active band that's had its share of major-label success and hassles. So its music has never been groundbreaking, but the collective has always managed a sweet, jazz-inflected pop sound that shares more in common with the likes of Matthew Sweet than with jam bands. The Samples' most recent recording is Rehearsing for Life. If it's true the Samples are always rehearsing, the band's healthy output and strong shows over the years speak otherwise. Tonight at 9pm at the Visulite. The general admission show is $15. Details at www.visulite.com. (Shukla)

A new brand kind of musical lands at Neighborhood Theatre today. Confrontation, touted as "where hip-hop and R&B collide with drama, dance and poetry," follows the lives of three individuals connected by infidelity. The story of a husband whose secret affair with his mistress is busted open by his wife is spiked with bold musical performances. Tickets are $12. To order tickets, go to www.neighborhoodtheatre.com or call 704-492-7229. (Calloway)

I See Hawks in L.A. is a country-rock band from southern Cali that plays Neil Youngish country-folk mixed with Springsteen-leaning lyrical panache and a Gram Parsons soul. The band's new record, California Country, drips with a moody vibe and bits of psychedelic flourishes, crying fiddles, and acoustic and slide guitars. Go see this fine band at the Evening Muse tonight with openers Hard Times Family. Five bucks at the door. Showtime is at 10:30pm. Details at www.theeveningmuse.com. (Shukla)

Saturday, June 17

Queen City Jazz Company still hasn't played a note, but the troupe keeps delivering high-energy dance choreographed to an infectious beat. Velocity promises more of the same, borrowing contemporary sounds from Janis Joplin, Kodo Drummers, Karl Jenkins, Something Corporate and Benoit Jutras -- to name about half its sources. Oops, that Karl Jenkins thing is actually a neo-classical snippet of ballet, a fresh departure for QCJC. With seven other pieces on the bill at McGlohon Theatre, the company's fans will see plenty of the highly athletic, superbly synchronized work they're used to. The voltage switches on at 8pm with all tickets priced at $20. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

And now, your starting line-up! Don't miss the Alley Hoops Jam 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and Dunk Contest this weekend on the Square downtown. There haven't been this many celebrities in Charlotte since the CIAA Tournament in March. The most anticipated is Durham's Little Brother, which performs at 3pm; the group's latest CD is critical smash The Minstrel Show. Rapper Gotti co-hosts today's event with the QC's own Tone-X. Hoopz (from VH1's "Flava of Love") judges the Dunk Contest along with mix master DJ Kay Slay, who also spins at the June 17 after-party. Beatbox innovator Doug E. Fresh co-MCs Sunday's festivities as Jermaine Dupri (Janet's boo) and DJ Nabs hold down the after-party on June 18. Get in on the jam both days from 8am until 5pm. For more info, check out www.alleyhoopsjam.com. (Calloway)

Sunday, June 18

Lately, Charlotte has become the destination for immigrants from all over the globe. Chalk it up to our international airport. One such group is chronicled in the new exhibit From Cambodia to Carolina: Tracing the Journeys of New Southerners. The infux of Cambodians into Charlotte began in 1981, many fleeing violence back home. This exhibit, originally presented by the Greensboro Historical Society, explores the impact of Asian immigrants on the New South through artifacts, clothing, photographs and personal first-hand accounts. The new edition includes Charlotte's Khmer community. The exhibit opens today at Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St., from 12-5pm. Admission is free. Runs through November 27. www.museumofthenewsouth.org. (Calloway)

We regret to inform you that Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops concerts aren't entirely devoted to pap this year. From Vienna to Liverpool, beginning at 8:15pm yonder at Symphony Park, is a prime example. Sure, you can get a brief fix of Beatle juice with "All You Need Is Love," and the two Strauss waltzes are dependably toe-tapping and hackneyed. But music-lovers will be muscling in on the SouthPark greensward to hear Offenbach's "Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld" and principal flautist Amy Orsinger Whitehead soloing on Mozart's Flute Concerto #2. How did conductor Albert-George Schram allow this to happen? Admission to Charlotte's biggest picnic is still free if the prospect of music hasn't spoiled your appetite, and the prelude entertainment launches the festivities at 7pm. (Tannenbaum)

Tuesday, June 20

Rhett Miller fronts the rollicking alt. country act Old 97s. Miller's recent solo effort, The Believer, is more reflective and pop-leaning than the more ragged thrust of the Old 97s. Don't take my word for it, Rhett Miller and the Believers bring the more melodic side of Miller's work to the Visulite. Don't fret, the Old 97s are still kicking and may cruise into town at a later date. Meanwhile, doors open for Miller and his Believers at 9pm. Tickets are $16. Visit www.visulite.com for full details. (Shukla)

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