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Arts Agenda 

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts. * indicates critics' picks.

arts agenda

Classical Music

American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series featuring Larry Stratemeyer. Sun., July 28, 7:30 p.m. St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Rd. 704-588-1290.

American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series featuring Jay Oden. Sun., Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. All recitals are free and open to the public. However, a free-will offering will be taken to cover the costs of the series. First United Methodist Church. 704-588-1290.

Charlotte Jazz Singer Beth Chorneau part of Downtown Davidson's Concerts on the Green Series. More information? Visit www.concertsonthe green.com. Sun., July 28, 6 p.m. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-892-8528.

NightBeat celebrating it's 15th anniversary, NightBeat brings you the excitement of national and international drum and bugle corps. Tue., July 30, 5:30 p.m. For tickets visit www.carolinacrown.org. American Legion Memorial Stadium. 803-547-2665.

Comedy

Comedy Zone Kevin Hughes and Vinnie Copolla. call for showtimes and ticket prices, or visit online at www.thecomedyzone.net. July 24; July 25. James Gregory. "the funniest man in America." Call for ticket prices and showtimes or visit online at www.thecomedyzone.net. July 26; July 27. Carl Strong and Grandma Lee. call for ticket prices and showtimes or visit online at www.thecomedyzone.net. July 31; Aug. 1; Aug. 2; Aug. 3. Jeff Dunham. "comic/ventriloquist." Call for showtimes and ticket prices or visit online at www.thecomedyzone.net. Aug. 5; Aug. 6. 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. 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.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Lost North Carolina: An Architectural Heritage Exhibition. Peer into North Carolina's past, as inspiring architecture that no longer stands is revealed through photographic prints and drawings. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Sept 30. 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. Southern Roots: Not Cost Effective. an outdoor installation by Crista Cammaroto. This installation is a celebration of the natural gifts of shade and strength growing amidst our progress in this region. It is also a reminder to hang on tight to our trees and value the natural gifts of our southern Piedmont. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Aug. 10. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

* Mint Museum of Art American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age. an exhibition to illustrate the competitive creative spirit of Americans. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 31. Everyman's Gold. English lustreware from the Collection of John Elsley. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 1. Jazzy Ladies: Beth Chorneau. Tue., July 30. Jazzy Ladies: Evans & Coppola. Tue., Aug. 6. 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.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design American Modern, 1925-1940: Design For a New Age. organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Federation of the Arts in New York, the exhibition traces the rise of the American design and features the work of 50 leading designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, Norman Bel Geddes, and Russel Wright. Tue.-Sun. Continues through July 28. Currents In Craft. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Quilts from the Carolinas. featuring the extraordinary work of contemporary quilt artists in North and South Carolina. Tue.-Sun. Continues through Sept 8. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

Spoken Word

23 Studio/Pat's Tavern Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry Night. a chance for all local poets, drummers and entertainers to come showcase their talent. After each poetry session you can stay and listen to DJ Live and an up and coming musical act to follow. There will also be local incense, oil, art and jewelry vendors at the event. Thursdays. $5 before 10:30pm, $10 thereafter. 3209 N. Davidson St. 704-370-6107.

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.

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