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SPORTS | Chicks don't deuce

2007 Family Circle Cup
April 7-15
Various times
Various prices
Family Circle Tennis Center
161 Seven Farms Dr.
856-7900
www.familycirclecup.com

This Saturday kicks off nine days of hot girl-on-girl (tennis) action at the 2007 Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. Qualifying rounds begin at 10:00 a.m., and matches will be held during the day and evening throughout the next week, leading up to the final on Sun., April 15. Two of the top three players worldwide -- Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova -- will compete, as well as Martina Hingis and both Williams sisters. To celebrate the start of the tournament, Lacoste will host a fashion show on Mon. April 9 at 6 p.m. outside of their King Street store. Pretty girls will be wearing those hot polo shirt/dress things, and there will probably be spiky haired dudes in lavender. If women's tennis isn't so much your bag but the wife drags you out, slug a few "Indigo Breezes," the blue cocktail that won the tournament's first official drink contest. Unfortunately, Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tourney with an injury, so afterparty plans won't include a late-night Shar-po appearance at Thee Southern Belle. Maybe next year... --Stratton Lawrence SATURDAY-NEXT WEDNESDAY

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EVENT | Scoopin' up the Cadbury eggs

Easter Events
April 5-8

OK, so you're not Christian. Luckily, the Easter Bunny doesn't give a fluff if you're Buddhist, atheist, Shaolin, or Muslim: he just wants to give some delicious candy to adorable children dressed in their finest frippery. Don't want to spend money to hunt eggs? There's plenty of City of Charleston-sponsored free events, including the Martin Park Egg Hunt (155 Jackson St., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., ages 12 and under) and the Mary Utsey Sunset Egg Hunt (1360 Orange Grove Road, 6-9 p.m., ages 12-16) on Thurs. April 5; the Johns Island Park Egg Hunt (Corner of Hay and Walpole roads, 1-3 p.m., ages 5-12) and the Westchester Playground Egg Hunt (1443 Secessionville Road, 4-7 p.m., ages 5-12) on Fri. April 6; the largest downtown egg hunt, the Easter Eggstravaganza in Hampton Park (30 Mary Murray Blvd., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., ages 12 and under, 724-7327), and the Isle of Palms Easter Egg Hunt (IOP Rec. Department, #24 28th Ave., 886-8294, 10 a.m.). Then there's the Easter Eggstravaganza at Middleton Place (4300 Ashley River Road, 556-6020), where advance reservations are required for adults and children alike to be able to scour the grounds for candy and prizes or pet the new baby animals in the Stableyards. Tickets are $25/adults, $5/children ages 7-15, and free for children under 7. Then, top it all off on Easter Sunday with a visit to North Charleston's Riverfront Park for Gospel Fest 2007, where a caboodle of performers from all over the Southeast will sing, sing, sing from 1-7 p.m. -- and it's free! THURSDAY-SUNDAY

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THEATRE | Hello, my baby, hello, my honey, hello, my ragtime gaaaaaal

Ragtime
April 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m.
April 15, 22, 29 at 3 p.m.
$10-$35
Dock Street Theatre
135 Church St.
577-7183
www.charlestonstage.com

For the final show of their 2006-07 season -- and their last performance at the Dock Street Theatre, which is set to be renovated after this year's Spoleto Festival USA is over, for an undetermined amount of time -- Charleston Stage presents the Broadway musical adaptation of Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow's 1975 historical fiction epic. They're going out with a bang, as the production features more than 50 actors, singers, dancers, and musicians, plus a working 1914 Model T Ford. The play centers on a wealthy family attempting to cope with the swift changes of the time and contains plenty of famous names from early 20th century America, including Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, Harry Houdini, Emma Goldman, and others. In Sept. 2007, Charleston Stage productions will temporarily relocate to the Sottile Theatre (on George Street) and American Theater (on King Street). To learn more about Charleston Stage's relocation and the gigantic Ragtime production, check out Patrick Sharbaugh's story on pg. 32. FRIDAY-SATURDAY

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THEATRE | There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere...

Colder Than Here
April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
April 15 at 2 p.m.
$20, $10/student rush tickets
PURE Theatre
701 East Bay St.
723-4444
www.puretheatre.org

In Laura Wade's Colder Than Here, PURE's second-to-last full-length production of the year, Myra, an ever-perfect homemaker, turns her full attention and formidable energy to the task of her lifetime -- organizing her own impending funeral. Overwhelmed by a mountain of to-do lists, she learns, at first reluctantly, then joyfully, to let go and to share, opening the way for a new and loving beginning at the very end of her life. Colder Than Here is directed by PURE Theatre cofounder (and recent Best Actress winner in the 2007 Best of Charleston poll) Sharon Graci and stars Cynthia Barnett, Nat Jones, Kara O'Neil, and Mandy Deneaux. FRIDAY-SATURDAY

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CONCERT MUSIC | Today, Charleston ... tomorrow, the world!

New Music Collective Benefit
Thurs. April 5
7:30 p.m.
$25, $75/VIP,
$15/students
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St.
917-690-2031
www.newmusiccollective.org

The avant-garde musical circus known as the New Music Collective, formed by Nathan Koci, Ron Wiltrout, and Ray Evanoff, hosts a splendid benefit at Theatre 99 on Thursday night, and they've invited a cadre of their multitalented friends to join them in raising money for their ongoing goal of presenting the community with a wide variety of musical events ranging from Tom Waits tribute concerts to multimedia art shows to contemporary chamber performances. Thursday's three-hours-plus event will showcase performances by such local luminaries as Quentin Baxter, Cary Ann Hearst, Michael Trent (of the Films), Kopaja Quintet w/Bill Carson, Evanoff/Wiltrout Duo, Morimoto, and Unbegrenzt, and between sets, you can nibble on complimentary noshes from from City Lights Cafe, Cordavi, FIG, Gaulart & Maliclet, O'Hara and Flynn, Saffron's, Sermet's Corner, and Ted's Butcherblock. Special VIP tickets are available for $75, and include reserved seating at the concert, a limited edition screen-print from one of our previous concerts, and a copy of the group's brand new CD, NMC: Volume One. From NMC director Nathan Koci: "The organization is at a point where a new level of production is possible, and therefore a new level of support is vital to its future success. This fund-raiser is aimed at raising the bar for the arts in Charleston, calling for ambitious support from the community in order to foster ambitious events by the New Music Collective." THURSDAY

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THEATRE | Oh, you Brits

Out of Order
April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.
April 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.
$25, $22/seniors, $15/students
Footlight Players Theatre
20 Queen St.
722-7521
www.footlightplayers.net

The Footlight Players continue their Anglophilia with Out of Order, a farcical murder-mystery by British actor/playwright Ray Cooney. "In Out of Order, The Westminster Hotel in London is the setting for an evening of secret meetings, misidentifications, a group of oddball hotel employees, soggy husbands, unexpected appearances, and 'mad, passionate love' embraces. Oh, and there's a dead body, too." Out of Order was originally produced at Footlight in 1992, and the new 2007 production is directed by Sam Evans and stars Wesley J. Walton, Kate Stirling, Brian Wulfekotte, Fred Hutter, Scott Cason, and others. FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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