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Classical Music

Charlotte Symphony An evening of music under the stars, prelude performance by Queen Charlotte Chorus, followed by the Charlotte Symphony. http://corneliuspr.org. Legion Park 21214 Legion St., Cornelius. Sat., June 19, 7 p.m. Free. 704-892-6031.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra & Sir James Galway Sir James Galway, supreme interpreter of the classical repertoire for flute, is featured in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 and other performances. June 16; June 17, 8 p.m. $20-$75. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Summer Pops Charlotte Symphony performances at SouthPark, different program each week. www.charlottesymphony.org. June 6-27, Sundays, 8:15pm. Free. 704-972-2000.

Vocal Potpourri A recital of opera arias and art songs. Tyler Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College. Sat., June 19, 8 p.m. Free. 704-894-2414.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Comedy. Extreme Improv: Fridays 8pm - Chicago Style long form improv "The Gallery"; Saturdays 8pm - "Who's Line Is it?" style improv; Psychotic Pooch at 10pm. Fridays and Saturdays. www.extremeimprov.comwww.psychoticpooch.com. $10. 1958 E 7th St. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. June 17-19: Tim Wilson & Dan Menghini; June 23-26: Charlie Viracola & Azeem. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre New Location. Sketch comedy club/theater. www.theperch.com. 1111-P Hawthorne Ln. 704-372-7724.

Tyber Creek Pub The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fridays, 8pm. Free. 1933 S. Blvd. 704-301-1564.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History The Faces of Our State. Through June. Powerful Persuaders: World War II Posters. An exhibit of propaganda posters. Through Sept. 1. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Through Sept. 30. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Mix & Max: Omnimax after hours. The program is aimed at anyone looking for something different. Live music, Omnimax films, food and cash bar. Third Friday of every month. $10 members $12 (non-members). Omnimax. Now showing: Ocean Oasis, NASCAR: The IMAX Experience, T. rex: Back to the Cretaceous, and Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance. Call or visit website for times. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Courage: The Carolina Story That Changed America. Brown vs. Board of Education exhibit. Through Aug. 15. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Revelation: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Collections. June 10-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. June 10-Sept. 5. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Art of Gold. Exhibit presents 80 contemporary gold objects. Apr. 3-Aug. 8. Mint After Five. Presented by the Young Affiliates of the Mint, come enjoy live music by the Flip Flops while mingling with Charlotte professionals. Ticket includes beer, wine and food by Twist. Fri., June 18, 6-9 p.m. $10/$15 non-members. 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 Eewww, YUCK! Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through mid August. Rock Hill From A to Z. June 10-Aug. 15. Summer Movies for Children. This year's theme: Awesome Animals. June 15-16: A Bug's Life; June 22-23: The Fox and the Hound: June 29-30: Brother Bear. Tues. & Wed. at 11am & 2pm. Vernon Grant. An exhibit of Grant's work, Storybook Village. Through Oct. 31. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Schiele Museum, Gastonia MidSummer Festival 2004. Featuring arts, crafts, live animals, inside museum and in the farm. Sat., June 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free, after museum admission. 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Andrew Exum. Author will read and discuss This Man's Army: A Soldier's Story from the Frontlines of the War on Terrorism. Thu., June 17, 7-8 p.m. Fred Chappell. Come meet the Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Author will sign and discuss his recent works. Wed., June 23, 7 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Barnes & Noble, Huntersville Patricia Hickman. Author will read and sing Nazareth's Song. Fri., June 18, 7 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8725 Townley Rd., Huntersville. 704-895-8863.

Freedom Regional Library Craig Marberry. Author will discuss Spirit of Harlem: A Portrait of America's Most Exciting Neighborhood. Thu., June 17, 12-2 p.m. 704-432-2702.

Park Road Books David Schulman. Author will read and sign The Past is Never Dead. Wed., June 16, 7 p.m. Malcolm Campbell and Deron Nardo. Authors will read and sign Play Hard, Rest Easy: Carolinas and Georgia. Sat., June 19, 1 p.m. Jennifer Patrick. Author will read and sign The Night She Died. Wed., June 23, 7 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Spirit Square Glenda Horton Manning. Book release of Cook'n To Keep Him. Music by Jazztrack featuring Celine Berman. Wed., June 23, 6-8 p.m. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

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