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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


Artsong & Innovative Portraits The premiere of new musical works in collaboration with visual portraits. Styles ranging from jazz, classical and ethnic. Presented by Composers Charlotte with performances on piano, Chinese violin, guitar and voice. Sat., June 14, 7:30 p.m. $10; $8 for students. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-372-5008.


Charlotte Symphony An outdoor Summer Pops concert sponsored by Cornelius Parks & Rec Dept. Kent Steel will perform at 7pm, followed by the Symphony. Sat., June 14, 8 p.m. Free. Legion Park, Cornelius, 21214 Legion St. 704-892-6031.


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.


Richard Peek Recital presented by American Guild of Organists. St John's Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Rd. Sun., June 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. 704-333-9071.

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.

Museums


Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell 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. June 5-12. Sunrise to Sunset: Mill Towns of the Southern Piedmont. This exhibit features works by photographer Laurel Falls, exploring the rise and fall of mill towns and the people who have persisted through both. On Thursday, June 19, from 5 - 8pm, there will be a free reception and visitors will have an opportunity to view the exhibit and meet the photographer. Exhibit runs through August 7. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.


Mint Museum of Art Burlon Craig and His Legacy. Continues through Oct. 19. 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. Fortunes and Frolic: An Antebellum Farm Wedding. Hard labor in the morning, a minor affair in the afternoon and back to the grind the next day was the typical rural wedding day of the past. Learn more about these customs and practices as a 19th century middle class couple ties the knot. Ceremony at 1:30pm at Historic Brattonsville. Sat., June 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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 Spring Garden & Tate Streets, Greensboro.

Spoken Word


Jackson's Java Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Thu., June 12, 8 p.m. 8544 University City Blvd. 704-595-9526.


Mert's Heart and Soul Uptown Saturday Nite. Musical performances, spoken word artists, poets and an open mic contest. Every second and last Saturday of the month at 11pm. $7 cover. 214 N. College St. 704-623-0058.


Southend Performing Arts Center BareBones Poetry Project. SPAC will feature regional authors reading selections of their poetry, short stories and performance poetry. Third Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m. 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.


Talley's Cafe Verde Peace Night at Talley's. Open mic for musicians, artists, poets and storytellers. Thu., June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Donations welcome. 1408 E. Blvd. 704-953-1326.

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