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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


In the Beat of the Night N. Meck Community Chorus present their Spring Show. May 23-24 Hodson Hall, Davidson College. May 30-31 Mooresville Citizens Center. Shows are at 8pm. $10. 704-947-0438.


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.


Matthew Noonan American Guild of Organists present free recital. First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson St. Sun., June 1, 8 p.m. 704-333-9071.


The Orient-African Express A Musical Passport to the World! Presented by Carolina Voices choral group. Sun., June 1, 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. 704-374-1564.

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.


Central Ave Playhouse Psychotic Pooch. Live Sketch Comedy and improv. Material is NC-17, seating is limited. Call for reservations. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. $10. 1118 Clement Ave. 704-502-8423.


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. 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


American Dance Art Two premieres by Artistic Director, Sabrina Sandvi Berry: Pas de Famille and In Limbo. Featuring the live music of Baleen. May 30-31, 8 p.m. $15. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

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. Fourth Ward Twilight Tour. Discover Victorian gems in Charlotte's first official Historic District with historian Dr. Tom Hanchett. One hour tour starts at museum. Reservations required. Fri., June 6, 5:30 p.m. $4 members $6 (non-members). Fourth Ward Twilight Tour. Discover Victorian gems in Charlotte's first official Historic District with historian Dr. Tom Hanchett. One Hour tour starts at museum. Reservations required. Fri., May 30, 5:30 p.m. $4 members $6 (non-members). 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. May 21-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. Guild of Charlotte Artists. Members will show slides of their work and talk about their techniques. Wed., May 28, 7 p.m. Free. 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. Continues through 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.


North Carolina Museum of History Flashback to the 60s. Continues through Sept. 28, 2003. 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-715-0200.


Weatherspoon Art Museum MFA 2003: The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. Continues through June 1. Spring Garden & Tate Streets, Greensboro.

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