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Classical Music

Summer Pops Performances at SouthPark. www.charlottesymphony.org. Sat., July 3, 8:15 p.m. Free. 704-972-2000.

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 30-July 3: Lawrence Thomas & D.T. Owens. www.thecomedyzone.net. Upcoming Performances. July 9-10: Brian Regan; 15-17 & 22-24: James Gregory; 30-31: Gary Valentine. www.comedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Neighborhood Theatre Queen City Comedy. Hosted by Chris "Funnyman" Robinson. Wed., June 30, 9 p.m. $10-$15. 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298.

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. Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. June 26-Jan. 2. 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 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 24-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. June 24-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. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. July 3-Jan. 30. 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 24-Aug. 15. Summer Movies for Children. : Awesome Animals. July 6-7: Piglet's Big Movie; July 13-14: Finding Nemo; July 20-21: 101 Dalmatians. 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 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum James Patterson. Author will discuss and sign Sam's Letters To Jennifer. Fri., July 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Borders, Morrocroft Dawson Perkins. Author will discuss and sign The Team. Sat., July 10, 2 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Park Road Books Kathy Reichs. Author will read and sign Monday Morning. Thu., July 8, 7 p.m. C.C. Allentini. Author will read and sign Dead of Winter. Sat., July 10, 1 p.m. Valerie Ann Leff. Author will read and sign Better Homes and Husbands. Sun., July 11, 1 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

West Boulevard Branch Library Design First. UNC-Charlotte Architecture Professor David Walters and his wife Linda Brown, an artist, will discuss their new book, Design First. Wed., June 30, 7 p.m. 2157 West Blvd. 704-353-0959.

Spoken Word

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

Mama's Caribbean Grill Uptown Saturday Nite. Featuring singers, rappers, and poets. Sign up for the Open Mic Showcase. Details: www.freewebs.com/motifentertainment. Every second and last Saturday of the month at 10pm-until. $7 cover. 1504 Central Ave. 704-375-8414.

Tea Rex Teahouse Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Fri., July 2, 7:30 p.m. 2102 South Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Tonic The Soul Movement. An underground nite for Spoken Word/Poetry, Soul Classics, Neo-Soul, Deep/Soulful House, Urban Grooves & Underground Hip-Hop. www.thesoulmovement.com. Sundays. $5 before 9:30pm. 1427 E. 4th St. 704-580-7187.

Theater: Openings

The Foreigner A comedy for the whole family, presented by Central Piedmont Summer Theatre. July 7-17, Tues (7pm), Wed-Sat (8pm), Sun (2:30pm). $16. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

Honk, Jr. A musical for kids based on the Ugly Duckling. July 5-17, Tues-Sat, 10am. $5. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

Intimate E-Pistles Cyrano meets Queer as Folk in this romantic comedy. July 8-10 & 14-17, 8pm. $12-$15, Pay What You Can Night July 14. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

(sic) Presented by Charlotte's Off-Broadway. Jul. 8-10, 8pm; Jul. 11, 2pm. $19.99. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Theater: Ongoing

Betty's Summer Vacation A comedy written by Christopher Durang and directed by Lon Bumgarner. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Jun. 23-Jul. 11, Wed/Thurs 7:30pm, Fri/Sat 8pm, Jul. 11 2:30pm. $17-$22. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

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