Originally created 07/27/06

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TODAY

MUSIC IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Maude Edenfield Park, 400 Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta; Montana Skies today; free; (803) 442-7588.

TODAY, SATURDAY AND MONDAY

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF AUDITIONS: 7 p.m. today and Monday, 2 p.m. Saturday; gym at Preparatory Day School, 619 Barnwell Ave. N.W., Aiken; openings for ages 10 to seniors; chorus parts for ages 6 and older; five dancers needed and onstage musicians (violin, accordion, mandolin, trumpet and clarinet); performances are Nov. 9, 10, 11 at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; (803) 648-9262.

FRIDAY-MONDAY

THE NIKE NATIONALS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: 9 a.m. Friday-Monday, North Augusta's Riverview Park Activities Center, 101 Riverfront Park Drive; featuring the country's top high school female players showcasing their skills for college coaches; (803) 441-4305.

SATURDAY

SUMMERTIME ON THE CANAL: 3-7 p.m. festival, 8-10 p.m. concert; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; children's games and rides, crafts, food, eating contests, music and dance performances, storytelling, pig toss and rubber duck race; festival free, concert $2 at door; (706) 312-7194.

SATURDAY MARKET ON BROAD: 8 a.m. to noon, Macartan Street, between Broad and Reynolds streets; fresh produce, flowers, plants, breads, beef, desserts, chefs and artisans; (706) 722-7245.

SUNDAY



QUIETSTORM: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; Eighth Street bulkhead at Riverwalk Augusta; part of the Candlelight Jazz series; $5; picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome; (706) 821-1754.

MONDAY

HOPELANDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. Mondays (except as noted), Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, Aiken; Monday, Chris Mangelly and Brazilian Nights; Aug. 7, Fort Gordon Dixieland Band; if it rains, concerts will be at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken; (803)

642-7631.

MUSICAL SALUTE

The Soldier Show, featuring a 22-member troupe of performing soldiers, will be staged at 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Alexander Hall, Building 29805, Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon. The theme this year is Reveille: Answering the Call, and the 90-minute show features a variety of song and dance numbers. The performances are free and open to the public. Bring photo ID, car registration and proof of car insurance for access to the Army post. Call (706) 793-8552.

DEAD-ON HARMONIES

Forever Plaid, the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre comedic musical production about members of a 1950s singing group who die in a wreck and get a chance to perform in the afterlife, continues at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Aug. 3-5. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34 general; $32 retirees, Army civilians and active-duty E7 and above; $25 active-duty E6 and below and $20 show only. For more information, call (706) 793-8552.

FOUR NIGHT

The entertainment lineup tonight at The Soul Bar, 984 Broad St., features local bands Blue Collar/Blue Heart, Josh Pierce, Rialto and Rag Love. Music begins at 10 and the cover is just $3. Draft pints are $2. See www.soulbar.com.

PUMP YOU UP, NATURALLY

About 150 bodybuilders from across the nation converge Saturday on the Imperial Theatre for the 2006 WNBF Natural U.S. Cup Bodybuilding Championships. These are pro and amateur competitors who are banned from using chemical enhancements such as steroids, hormones or implants for an edge. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. at the theater, 745 Broad St. Admission is $15, or $15 to $35 for the finals for reserved seating. See imperialtheatre.com, or call (706) 722-8341.

BLUE HORSE COUNTRY



Nashville, Tenn., songwriter Wynn Varble will perform at the Blue Horse Music Hall, 10th at Broad streets, with John Kolbeck at 8 tonight. Tickets are $10 at the door or bought in advance at ticketalternative.com.

In 2003, Mr. Varble was in the Western musical Cod Roaster at the Imperial Theater with songwriters Bryan Kennedy and Troy Jones.

He was reared in Ellenwood, Ga., formed a bluegrass band when he turned 16 and moved to Nashville in 1992. He scored his first No. 1 song in 2003 with Have You Forgotten? Other songs of his have been album cuts for Lee Ann Womack, Garth Brooks, Chris Ledoux, The Kensleys, Montgomery Gentry, Brad Paisley and Gary Allen. See bluehorsemusichall.com.

Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or tharon.giddens@augustachronicle.com.