The curtain rises for another great month of performances from the area's nationally acclaimed performing arts groups. The Carolina Ballet presents the world premiere of Firebird (9/16-10/3), while the N.C. Theatre performs the 1950s rock-n-roll spoof Little Shop of Horrors (9/18-26), which promises to have you laughing and dancing in the aisles. The North Carolina Symphony Kicks off the 2010-2011 season with a Pops in the City FREE Concert(9/12) at the downtown Raleigh Amphitheater and performsBeethoven's Triple Concerto (9/24-25) at the Progress Engery Center for the Performing Arts. the Raleigh Little Theatre, which is celebrating 75 years of live theater, has partnered with the Actor's Comedy Lab to perform a quicky, heartfelt and slightly wicked tale of Hollywood indulgence in And the Winner Is (9/10-26). Myth, magic and pageantry abound as the Paperhand Puppet Intervention (9/10-11) transforms the N.C. Museum of Art's Park Theater stage, all accented with original live music. Combine Monty Python, Homer Simpson and the Three Stooges with 37 plays in 97 minutes and you have the hilarious Theatre in the Park performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (9/17-19, 9/23-26,10/1-3). Come see why Greater Raleigh is for the Creative Genius.