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Arts Agenda 

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

Classical Music

An American Salute Charlotte Philharmonic will open their 2002-2003 season with special guest, Daniel Rodriguez, "America's Tenor." Maestro Moehring will lead the orchestra in a patriotic concert. Sat., Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Cynthia Lawing and Ruskin Cooper Davidson College music faculty members will play a two-piano recital in Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall of the college's new Sloane Music Center at 12:30pm as part of an ongoing midday music series entitled "Musical Interludes." Mon., Sept. 9. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2177.

Denyce Graves In Concert Opera Carolina will present Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves in concert at the Belk Theater. More information? www.operacarolina.org. Thu., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. $15-$100. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Patriot's Day Concert A special memorial concert has been planned. A reception will follow immediately after the concert. Wed., Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, 501 Hawthorne Ln. 704-332-8131.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Completely improvised comedy shows based on your suggestions at 7pm, 1958 East 7th St. Similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" See our website at www.extremeimprov.com for details/reservations. Saturdays. 1958 E 7th St. 1-866-467-7681.

Comedy Zone Derek Richards with Dale Jones and Mike Speanburg. Tightly wound, high-energy, slightly bent, biting sarcasm and dropped at birth, are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Derrick Richards, actor and writer from the Motor City. Wednesday night is College Night and Service Industry Night: Get free admission and get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe after the 8pm show with your Comedy Zone ticket. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. Sept. 4-7. Mike W. Armstrong with Kurt Green and Mary Asher. Mike Armstrong is the winner of the Midwestern Laugh-Off, After Hours Show and Showtime TV's Funniest Man in Ohio Contest. Wednesday night is College Night and Service Industry Night: Get free admission and get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe after the 8pm show with your Comedy Zone ticket. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. Sept. 11-14. 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. Talking Baby Talk Show every Thursday night at 9:30pm. Upcoming: August 30-31 Show 269, September 6-7 Doug Stanhope, September 13-14 and 20-21 Show 270. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

Psychotic Pooch Live Sketch Comedy and Improv. Comedy rated NC-17 for situations and content. Large group rates available. Call for reservations, directions or more info. DJ after-party every Saturday. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

Dance

Summer's Harvest Dance Central of the CPCC Performing Arts Department will present Summer's Harvest in Pease Auditorium. Sept. 6, 8 p.m.; Sept. 7, 8 p.m.; Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m. $12. 704-330-6976.

MuseumsCharlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Highways & Byways of Our State. a photographic road trip of eclectic NC sites and scenes, all viewed from the state's Highways and Byways, using archival images from Our State: North Carolina magazine. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Jan. 12. 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. Continues through Oct. 6. Fourth Ward Walking Tour. Discover the historically integrated Fourth Ward neighborhood in uptown Charlotte and its Victorian gems with our museum staff. One-hour tour starts at the Museum at noon. Reservations required. Tue., Sept. 10. $3 for members, $5 for public. History After Hours. Explore the Museum's exhibits after hours as part of the Uptown Gallery Crawl. 5-7pm. Fri., Sept. 6. 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. Celebrating the Legacy of Romare Bearden. a two part juried exhibition inspired by Bearden's collages, subjects, style, or Carolina roots. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 27. Cycles of Life in African Art: Fantasy Coffins from Ghana. works arranged according to the themes of: Everyday Life, Power and Prestige, and Birth and Death. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Sept. 22. Everyman's Gold. English lustreware from the Collection of John Elsley. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 1. Family Tours, Celebrating the Legacy. These drop-in guided tours focus on teh artwork of African American artists featured in the special exhibitions and permanent collections of the Mint. Open to all ages. For groups of 15 or more, please call for reservations. 2pm. Tue., Sat. Continues through Sept. 29. Narratives of African American Art and Identity. The David C. Driskell Collection. Artists include Edward Bannister, Henry O. Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, William Johnson, Romare Bearden and Sam Gilliam. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 27. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

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