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Arts Agenda 

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts

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Crystal on the Plaza Reggae Club Wisdom Wednesdays. at Crystal on the Plaza Reggae Club, 3018 The Plaza Rd. Open Mic, Spoken Word, Poetry and other conscious thoughts and expressions. Word, Sound & Power...Roots, Culture & Knowledge. Hosted by Aquiyla and Nina, MC by Filmore, Musical Innervissions by DJ DR and DJ Justice. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. 3018 The Plaza. 704-376-3799.Theater: OpeningsBeauty and the Beast Disney's Tony award-winning smash hit musical is returning to Charlotte. The classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an evil enchantress. July 9, 8 p.m.; July 10, 8 p.m.; July 11, 8 p.m.; July 12, 8:15 p.m.; July 13, 2 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.; July 14, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $26-$63. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Dinosaurs part of Summer Stage Fest. Affordable Family entertainment all summer long. June 28, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; June 29, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. $5. Providence Day School. 704-364-0081.Theater: Ongoing* Always...Patsy Cline presented by The Producers' Group. Ted Swindley's musical tribute. Show runs through July 28. Showtimes are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. $22-$25. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-334-9128.

* Jekyll and Hyde a true musical theatrical phenomenon. An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil. June 26, 8 p.m.; June 27, 8 p.m.; June 28, 8 p.m.; June 29, 8 p.m. $15. CPCC, P.O. Box 35009. 704-330-6534.

A Taste of Broadway an ongoing musical theatre revue that will combine fine food with the flavor of Broadway. Sundays, 5-9 p.m. $10 per person for show only. Food costs extra. Swing 1000, 1000 Central Ave. 704-334-4443.

* Twelfth Night presented by Chickspeare. For additional information visit the website at June 28, 8 p.m.; June 29, 8 p.m. $12. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-334-3740.Visual Arts: OpeningsCenter of the Earth Gallery Full Bleed. works by Brad Thomas. Unique pieces derived from the pages of his journals. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Aug. 3. 3204 N Davidson St. 704-375-5756.

Gallery L The Graceful Envelope. ordinary envelopes decorated in extraordinary ways. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Aug. 25. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-2020.

Pope's Gallery James Crompton. exhibiting dramatic and dynamic landscapes, seascapes, and music related paintings in oil by James Crompton. Also featuring original works by other local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 31. Jim Chapman. Exhibiting bold, captivating still lifes painted in acrylic by Jim Chapman. Also featuring original works by other local and regional artists in a variety of mediums. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 31. 8016-900 Providence Rd. and 1035 Providence Rd. 704-541-3199 or 704-342-1774.

Queens College Art Gallery Figural Landscape Series. Solo exhibition of oil paintings by North Carolina artist Natalie Bork. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 31. 1900 Selwyn Avenue. 704-337-2286.

Waterworks Visual Arts Center Floating World. japanese woodblock prints, Kimono cloth and Kimonos. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Sept 8. Salisbury. 704-636-1882.Visual Arts: OngoingAfro-American Cultural Center Women of a New Tribe. A photographic study of African-American beauty. The exhibit showcases the many-faceted beauty of a very unique group of women; women who did not meet the widely held eurocentric standards of beauty. The exotic images of these women is captured by photographer, Jerry Taliaferro. Tue.-Sun. Continues through Aug. 25. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Hatch Show Prints. From Hatch Show Print in Nashville, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. Hatch posters have featured such country music performers as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Garth Brooks. Mon.-Fri. Continues through July 31. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.

Bank of America Plaza Space, Structure and Vision. Curated by Joie Lassiter Gallery. Featuring works by Mary Edith Alexander, Helene Brandt, Gary Byrd, Lluis Lleo, Ran Ortner, Karen Rifas, Thomas Rose, Idamarie Spurr, Mike Wsol. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 15. 101 South Tryon Street. 704-373-1464.

Blue Pony Gallery & Press Songs of Summer. A colorful collection of painting and monotypes by Jan Kinslowe, Margret Kuehni and Mary Lou Sussman. Tue.-Sat. Continues through June 29. Into the Mystery. mixed media works by Linda Vista. Tue.-Sat. Continues through June 29. 3202A N. Davidson St. 704-334-9390.

Center of the Earth Gallery New Paintings from the Interiors Series. works by Page Laughlin. Tue.-Sat. Continues through June 29. Drawings In Space. new sculpture by Paul Sires. Tue.-Sat. Continues through June 29. 3204 N Davidson St. 704-375-5756.

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