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Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans New Orleans Jazz comes to the Belk Theater to transform the night into an era when Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton ruled New Orleans. Sun., April 28, 7:30 p.m. $18-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Sunday Concerts on the Green featuring Davidson College Jazz Ensemble and vocal groups. Sun., April 28, 6-8 p.m. Free and open to all. Davidson Town Green.

Tribute Performance celebrating Robert Edgerton's 30 years at Winthrop University as he conducts the Winthrop Chorale Alumni Chorus and current Chorale. Sat., April 20, 3 p.m. $15. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

UNC-Charlotte Flute Choir featuring works by Mozart, Smetanta, Richard Rodger and other challenging works. Mon., April 29, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. UNC-Charlotte. 704-687-2899.

UNC-Charlotte Jazz Ensemble The event will feature the ensemble and a special guest group, The Charlotte Jazz Orchestra. Thu., April 18, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. UNC-Charlotte. 704-687-4469.ComedyComedy Zone Lawrence Thomas and Torian Huges. Thomas has appeared regularly on Comedy Central, A&E and HBO. Huges is fluid and expressive, clever, funny and completely new reporting from the front lines of culture war and lobbing grenades at society's sacred cows. April 17; April 18; April 19; April 20. Call for ticket prices and showtimes. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Located at 1500 Central Ave., 2nd floor. Showtimes are 9pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There is also a late show on Saturdays at 1am. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Upcoming: Show 259-"Uppity Show" April 19-27, Show 260-"Twice One Thirty" Audience Favorites May 3-11. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. Extreme Improv. Completely improvised shows every Saturday at 7pm. Similar to "Who's Line Is It Anyway?". Call 866-Improv1 or see website at www.extremeimprov.com. Improv classes ongoing. Saturdays, 7 p.m. $8. 1500 B. Central Ave.DanceDance Break featuring a variety of contemporary works in a casual atmosphere in diversion to the usual lunch break. April 22, 12:15 p.m.; April 23, 12:15 p.m.; April 24, 12:15 p.m. Free. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-0101.

Dances of India by internationally acclaimed performer Maha Gingrich and Group featuring South and North Indian Classical and Folk Dances. Thu., April 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Admission is free. CPCC, P.O. Box 35009. 704-330-6309 or 704-549-8428.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dancing a fine line between hight art and high camp to parody classic works like Swan Lake and Giselle. Fri., April 19, 8 p.m. $15-$40. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Under Egyptian Skies Nojum Al-Sharq, a newly formed dance company will present an evening of Middle Eastern dance featuring local and regional performers. Sat., April 20, 7 p.m. $5 in advance, $6 at the door for children, $10 in advance, $12 at the door for adults. Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 600 Towne Centre Blvd. 704-724-1082 or 704-906-8353.MuseumsAsheville Art Museum John Cage Visual Art: To Sober and Quiet the Mind. A facinating exhibition composed of 75 works borrowed from public and private collections and includes a portfolio of handmade paper created by Cage. Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 1-5 p.m. Continues through June 30. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, students with ID and children 4-15, children 3 and younger admitted free. 2 So. Pack Square at Park Place, P.O. Box 1717, Asheville. 828-253-3227.

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Community of Faiths: The Spiritual and Religious Heritage of the Carolinas Piedmont. exhibit explores the impact of religion, faith-based institutions, and spiritual traditions on the region from early Native American villages to the present; includes gallery depicting the life, career and worldwide influence of Charlotte native son, Billy Graham. Tue.-Sun. Raising The Roof: Barns of Our State. A photographic collaboration between the museum and Our State: North Carolina Magazine exploring a vanishing icon of the rural and agricultural South - the old wooden barn. Tue.-Sun. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.

* Levine Museum of the New South Carolina Victorian - Rediscovering the New South's First Architecture. Celebrating the richness of this era which extended from the exterior to the interior, Carolina Victorian treats visitors to photographs of NC Victorian Landmarks, furnished Victorian rooms, scenes of Charlotte from 1905 versus today, and a dollhouse that replicates the tiniest details of a Victorian home. Mon.-Sun. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

* Mint Museum of Art Art Glass: The Collection of Marjorie and Robert McDorman. Brilliant and elegant examples of art glass from the guilded age. Ranges from small vases and plates to much larger urns and lamps. Included are works from all of the major glassmakers of the period: Galle, Daum, Loetz, Tiffany, Carder, Steuben, Durand and Quezal among others. Mon.-Sun. Continues through June 16. The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An insightful look, through 60 art masterpieces, into the era in which America assumed a leading role on the world stage. Mon.-Sun. Continues through April 21. Pierre Joseph Redoute: A Man Passionate About Flowers. a presentation of 24 nineteenth century botanical hand-colored engravings from Redoute's most renowned works, Les Lilacees and Les Roses, from public and private collections. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 28. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

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