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Wednesday, july 05

With the advent of Halton Theater, the era of time-sharing is over at CPCC Summer Theatre. CP's annual kiddie show, The Jungle Book, moves into Summer Theatre's traditional home at panoramic Pease Auditorium -- presumably with improved set design since they don't have to tear down Mowgli's jungle for CP's comedy at night (or rebuild it the next morning). No, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 has exited stage right for the Halton, showcasing a constellation of local stars, including Kevin Campbell, Elyse Williams, Emily Van Dyke, Tony Wright, Vito Abate, John Price and Polly Adkins. Kipling's The Jungle Book, starring brilliant newcomer Matthew Keefer, plays mornings at 10am through July 15 with all tickets priced at $5. Comedy Murders huddles in the wings for a couple more days, opening on Friday and also running through July 15 -- mostly at 8pm. There's a Murder matinee on Sunday, July 9, at 2:30pm and an earlier curtain at 7pm on Tuesday, July 11, when the run resumes. Halton seating ranges from $14-$20. Call 704-330-6534. (Tannenbaum)

Thursday, july 06

Yee-hah! The spanking new What the F#&%$tival?! gets started in rip-roaring style at Theatre Charlotte with True West. BareBones has chosen the Queens Road barn for their strategic summer retreat, but their F#&%$tival?! screams out fringe guerilla theater -- in the tradition of City Stage. You can expect some flying scenery (and a plethora of toasters) as this Sam Sheperd classic detonates the six-week celebration with a story of two reunited brothers, their gripes and grudges, sprinkled with the playwright's signature rattlesnake tenderness and topped off with some sly role reversals. Through July 15 at 8pm, except for the 7pm curtain on July 9. Next Wednesday is a pay-what-you-can performance. Otherwise, Thursday and Sunday tickets are $15, Friday and Saturday's are $20. CL's Perry T does a talkback after the July 14 show. Call 704-334-9128. (Tannenbaum)

Friday, july 07

Disney Live! returns with a brand-new show for the wide-eyed, playful and carefree. Mickey's Magic Show promises to astound and amaze as Mickey again dons his magician's cap not seen since he "borrowed" it and unleashed Fantasia (1939 & 2000). Along for the ride are of course Donald Duck (the most misunderstood cartoon character alive despite frequent outbursts), Goofy (well-named) and girlfriend Minnie (plainly a distraction). This show promises synergy of the entire Disney line with appearances by feature stars Cinderella and Alice. Indulge the little angel before his or her innocence fades and you're left with a screaming, hormonal nut. The show runs through Sunday. Tickets are $20-$48. Get them online at or call 704-522-6500. (Calloway)

Saturday, july 08

Oh, ye of little faith. Didst thou truly believe that NarroWay Productions, "The Broadway of Christian Entertainment" would not return -- better than ever? The prophets of outdoor theater have moved from the wilds of ancient Heritage USA to their new 325-seat home at 3346 Highway 21 on Carowinds Boulevard. They are offering music and inspiration with Not Just Another Love Story, resurrecting songs of the '40's mixed with a World War II yarn based on the biblical story of Hosea. And they doth toss in dinner as well: "a succulent dinner of chicken piccatta, bowtie pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted vegetables, dinner rolls, tea, cheesecake and coffee." Guests are advised to arrive at 6:30pm for the total experience, with the two-hour stage show starting at 7pm. Adult tickets are $29.95, youths 13-18 pay $14.95, and children are admitted for $9.95. Call 803-802-2300 for reservations and group pricing. (Tannenbaum)

Sunday, july 09

The friendly neighborhood emo band has made it big. Taking Back Sunday continues the quest to conquer the hearts and minds of youth of America. The latest recording, Louder Now, is a collection of evolved alt-rock from a band that has gelled on all frontiers, albeit with a dash of experimentation thrown in for good measure. Don't fret, though, they haven't lost the touch to make emo gals cry. TBS plays along with Angels & Airwaves and Head Automatica tonight at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Gates open at 3:30pm and show begins at 4:30pm, apparently in the parking lot! Tickets are $27.50-$30. For more details call 704-522-6500. (Shukla)

Monday, july 10

Psychedelic throw-back rock in the manner of Syd Barrett, early Kinks or the Yardbirds, the New Jersey quartet the Black Hollies feature three members of the Rye Coalition, the coulda-been-shoulda-been band that fell victim to Interscope's incompetence. The new outfit has a leaner, swingin' sound, and the debut, Crimson Reflections, is sonic cousin to the Greenhornes' material -- that is to say it's got that Maximum R&B feel down pat. Just try and sit still. Lambhandler and 2013 Wolves will share the bill. Tonight at 8pm. Details at (Schacht)

Tuesday, july 11

The Drive-By Truckers might not be the biggest name on tonight's shared bill with the reunited Black Crowes and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, but they're likely to be the loudest. Boasting a three-guitar attack (Patterson Hood, Jason Isbell, Mike "Stroker Ace" Cooley) rivaling Lynyrd Skynyrd in its prime is one thing; having those three guitarists also be first-class songwriters almost doesn't seem fair. Their back catalog already exceeds most Southern rock acts not named Allman, and, to hear the boys (and girl) in the band tell it, they're just now hitting their stride. There's an apocryphal story out there about how after Ronnie Van Zant and Co. stole the show opening for the Who, Roger Daltry expressed some serious reservations about going on stage. Crowes Chris and Rich Robinson? You might want to watch your backs. I'm just sayin'. Tickets for tonight's show (special early 6:30pm start) are $21.15--$38.50, available by calling 704-522-6500, or online at (Davis)

Oft pegged as alt-country, the Court & Spark are more moody than comrades of that twang and rock genre. Their fine new record, Hearts, is stitched together with sparse instrumentation and vocals that are accented with subtle effects. The songs seem on the verge of blowing up and then the restraint continues. Opener Carla Bozulich has a storied post-punk past. Her stints in the Geraldine Fibbers, Ethyl Meatplow, Scarnella and of course her varied solo work show Bozulich's adept musicality in many genres. She's a multi-instrumentalist of top order. Bozulich's latest work, Evangelista, is a prime mix of ambient, country and her take on experimental folk. Both play tonight at Amos' Southend at 9pm. Details at (Shukla)

Wednsday, july 12

Wouldn't you feel a little overshadowed if you were a comedian and Chris Rock's brother? Fortunately for Tony Rock, that's not the case. Tony has managed to carve out a career of his own. He's gone the way of TV by appearing as regular "Dirk Black" in the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith-produced comedy All of Us and hosting plenty of comedy shows including Oxygen's Can You Tell. But all that's nothing compared to being on a stage in front of folks at places like Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. He tries to duplicate the feeling at the Comedy Zone-Uptown. Show runs through July 15. Tickets and reservations available at 704-348-4242. (Calloway)

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