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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


Broadway Bon Voyage Presented by Carolina Voices. Featuring the Mainstage Choir, jazz ensemble IMPROMPTU!, the Eddy Mabry Dancers and a live orchestra. May 9-10, 8 p.m.; May 10-11, 3 p.m. $20-$25. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.


Celebrate Life The Youth Choir of Myers Park Baptist Church presents a fully staged and choreographed musical. Sun., May 11, 11 a.m. Free. 704-372-5150 ext. 29.


Charlotte Youth Chamber Strings The premiere concert will include works by Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Mozart, and a local composer. Fri., May 9, 8pm. St. Martins Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. Free. 704-820-0445.


Concert on the Green Series The Gaston Symphonic Orchestra. Sun., May 18, 6-8 p.m. Davidson Town Green. 704-892-4440.


Ein Deutsches Requiem Chancel Choir and members of Charlotte Symphony present this classic piece of work from Johannes Brahms. Myers Park Baptist Church. Sun., May 18, 5 p.m. Free. 704-334-7232 ext. 29.


Everybody's Welcome A multi-media presentation by the Children's Choir of Myers Park Baptist Church celebrating its 60th anniversary. Wed., May 21, 6:45 p.m. Myers Park Baptist Church. 704-334-7232 ext. 29.


Jazz & Classical Essentials Sunday Brunch Borders will be playing jazz and classical music from their essential catalogs. Coffee and pastry provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. Borders, Morrocroft, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.


Providence Recital Series Final concert of the season features music by Joseph Kuffner, Jean-Michel Damase & Samuel Barber. Sun., May 11, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.


Push Pastor Osco E. Gardin, Jr. & The Elizabeth Fellowship Choir. Sat., May 10, 7 p.m. $20. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Comedy


Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Live improvised comedy created from your suggestions. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for more information. Call for reservations. Saturdays, 8 p.m. $5. 1958 E 7th St. 1-800-467-7681.


The Comedy Zone College Night and "SIN" (Service Industry Workers) Night. Get free admission for the 8pm show and with your Comedy Zone ticket, get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe. Wednesdays. Mike Mesmer "Eyes". May 7-10. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. 704-348-4242.


The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, & 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. The 9pm show is non-smoking. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$9 with students/military I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.


Southend Performing Arts Center Late Night Improv. Co-produced by Extreme Improv and Bare Bones Theater. Featuring the Desperate for Attention Players. Saturdays, 11 p.m. $5 at the door. 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.

Dance


Cinderella Presented by the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Also featuring Dwight Rhoden's Verge. Performed in Belk Theater. May 8, 7:30 p.m.; May 9-10, 8 p.m.; May 10-11, 2 p.m. $10-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Museums


Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Expressions from the Palette. The Guild of Charlotte Artists Spring Show. Continues through June 8. Highways & Byways of Our State. Continues through June. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Continues through Sept. 30, 2004. Regular Museum admission. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.


Gaston County Museum of Art & History Carolinas Textile Exhibit- The Ties That Bind. Tue.-Sun. 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-852-6025.


Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. New South, Old South, Somewhere in Between. Continues through Aug. 7. Pen and Ink Politics: Thomas Nast's Reconstruction-era Cartoons and African American Equality. Continues through Sept. 29. The People of Highway 601: Life in the Slow Lane. Opening reception: May 2, 5-8pm. May 2-June 12. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.


Mint Museum of Art Burlon Craig and His Legacy. Continues through Oct. 19. Distant Vistas: Images of Europe from the Mint Museum of Art Collection. Continues through June 1. Edward Hopper: The Paris Years. Continues through June 1. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.


Mint Museum of Craft & Design Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective. Ceramics, photography, 3-D computer-generated artwork & sculpture. May 10-Aug. 3. Currents In Craft. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Point of View: Public and Private Collecting Part II. Continues through July 27. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.


Museum of York County All About Cats. Continues through Sept. 14, 2003. Illustrator Vernon Grant: A Century of American Whimsy. Continues through Oct. 5, 2003. Virtue Leads and Grace Reveals: Embroideries and Education in Antebellum South Carolina. Continues through July 20. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

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