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height=”85″ />Our calendar offers a busy mix of events, from the literary and theatrical to outdoor festivals and dog shows to Davidson College homecoming. The Carolina Renaissance Festival opens its gates Saturday. ReadDavidson hosts a discussion of this year’s townwide read, “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett on Thursday. There’s a wiener dog race in Mooresville and The All American Dog Show in Cornelius, both on Saturday. Final performances of “The Smell of the Kill” are offered at Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius, and “Baby: The Musical” debuts at Davidson Community Players Armour Street Theater. For a full list of happenings, see our Weekend Calendar, in The GUIDE»