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Classical Music

A Baroque Valentine A Valentine's Day performance by Carolina Pro Musica presenting 18th century chamber music. Sat., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $12 CHC members, $15 general, $8 students. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-684-3948 ext 21.

Gil Shaham Maestro Perick will lead the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique with guest violinist Gil Shaham. www.charlottesymphony.org. Feb. 20; Feb. 21, 8 p.m. $15-$70. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Mostly Mozart Presented by Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, featuring music of Mozart, Schubert and Haydn. Feb. 11: Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College; Feb. 13: Tillman Auditorium, Winthrop University/Rock Hill; Feb. 14: First Baptist Church, Downtown Charlotte. All concerts at 8pm. www.charlottesymphony.org. $15, $5 students/children. 704-972-2000.

Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra A full symphony orchestra from the Czech Republic will perform works of Dvorák and Chopin. Wed., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. $15, $12 students/seniors. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd. 704-334-7232.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Chicago style long form show Friday nights at 8pm ($10) and joined by Psychotic Pooch for twisted comedy at 10pm ($10). www.extremeimprov.com. Saturday nights short form show with audience suggestions, 8pm ($10). 1958 E 7th St. 704-502-8423.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Feb. 11-14: Diane Ford & Troy Hammond. Feb. 18-21: Bobby Collins & Paul Hooper. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Katchikally Nick Lewis Comedy Corner. Urban comedy hosted by Nick Lewis with rotating comedians. Every Fri. and Sat. at 9:30pm. $10. 204 W. Woodlawn Road Suite A. 704-567-2634.

The Room John Valby. John Valby aka "Dr. Dirty," plays dirty parody songs on his piano. Thu., Feb. 19, 10 p.m. $10 over 21, $13 18-21. 1812 Montford Dr. 704-527-4511.

Dance

Capacitor A movement and techno-theatre troupe merging human mechanics with machines that propel the body through space, exploring combinations of modern dance, martial arts, juggling, and aerobatics. Fri., Feb. 13, 8 p.m. $10-$20. Duke Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History The Faces of Our State. Through June 2004. Powerful Persuaders: World War II Posters. Guns, tanks, and bombs may have been the chief weapons of World War II, but there were other forms of warfare. Propaganda posters waged an ongoing campaign for the hearts and minds of the American people. Through Sept. 1. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Continues through Sept. 30, 2004. Where Eagles Soar. This collaborative exhibit with the Carolina Raptor Center compares and contrasts eagles in their natural habitats with their symbolic and historical importance. Exhibit runs through Apr. 4. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Machine Shop. Get a lift from the pulley, spin wheels, gears and learn about inclined planes and more. Daily. Mix & Max: Omnimax after hours. The program is aimed at anyone looking for something different on Friday night. Live music, Omnimax films, food and cash bar. Third Friday of every month. $10 members $12 (non-members). Omnimax. Now showing: Space Station, Top Speed, and Journey Into Amazing Caves. Call or visit website for times, www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Charlotte Black Heritage Tour(sm)/Pilgrimage 2004. Visit three existing Slave cemeteries, a former slave church, participate in a traditional African memorial service. listen to live professional drumming and visit 25 other sites of African-American and Charlotte history. Every Saturday in February, 10am and 1:30pm. $16-$30. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Courage: The Carolina Story That Changed America. The 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education (the Supreme Court declared racially segregated public schools unconstitutional), initiated massive change in race relations across the country. Feb. 5-Aug. 15. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art All Aglow. Through February 15, 2004. Fashions of the Crinoline Era: 1840-1865. Eight mid 19th century crinoline fashions, featuring wide hoop skirts, from the museum's costume collection are currently on display. Through May 2004. Margaret Bourke-White. The photography of design, 1927-1936. Feb. 14-May 2. Through the Eye of the Camera. 19th and 20th century photography. Feb. 14-May 2. Windows into Heaven. "Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons," from the Robicsek Collection of Religious Art, presents a group of 65 18th and 19th century Russian icons. Through Feb. 15, 2004. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection. An exhibit examining the chameleon-like form of the teapot and how it has become an inventive vehicle for artistic expression in the 20th century. January 31-May 30, 2004. Spectrum: The Sculpture of Jon Kuhn. Works in blown glass. Through Mar. 21, 2004. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Feb. 17: Emerging Wine Regions: Chile, Argentina, South Africa, grape varieties, history/appellations, blending techniques. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. $30. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

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