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Classical Music

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir A concert event entitled Retrospection: African-American Sacred Songs. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Rd. Sat., July 24, 7 p.m. Free. 704-392-0392.

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 ($5) and Saturdays ($10). www.extremeimprov.com www.psychoticpooch.com. 1958 E 7th St. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances. July 14-17: Pat Godwin & Azeem. www.comedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Tyber Creek Pub The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fridays, 8pm. $5. 1933 S. Blvd. 704-301-1564.

Dance

Summerreach Open Rehearsals Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works invites the public to watch rehearsals of works in progress for SummerDance 2004 concerts. Saturdays, 12:30-2pm. $5. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-338-1533.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. July 8-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 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 Charles Ogletree. Author will read and sign All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education. Fri., July 16, 4 p.m. 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. July 8-Sept. 19. Sam Gilliam. An installment of commissioned work, a large scale, suspended cloth sculpture. Mon., July 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. July 8-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 16-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. July 8-Aug. 15. Summer Movies for Children. Awesome Animals. 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 Wade Timmerson & Suzanne Caplan. Authors will discuss and sign Building Big Profits in Real Estate. Thu., July 15, 7:30 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Borders, Morrocroft Yasmin Shiraz. Author will discuss and sign The Blueprint for My Girls. Thu., July 22, 6:30 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Borders, Stonecrest Ric Flair. Will sign and discuss To Be the Man. Thu., July 15, 7 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.

Levine Museum of the New South Charles Ogletree. Author will read and sign All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education. Fri., July 16, 4 p.m. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Newsstand International Patrick Minges. Author will sign Black Indian Slave Narratives. Wed., July 14, 1 p.m. 5622-128 E. Independence Blvd. 704-531-0199.

Park Road Books Jonathan Farlow. Author will read and sign Holy War. Sat., July 24, 1 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Spoken Word

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.

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.

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

Drift Presented by BareBones Theatre Group. Jul. 15-17, 8pm; Jul. 18, 2pm. $19.99. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

The Friar and the Nurse Presented by Epic Arts Repertory Theatre. Jul. 22-24, 8pm; Jul. 25, 2pm. $19.99. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

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