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Classical Music

Matthew Noonan A program tracing the history of organ music from 16th century Amsterdam to present-day Charlotte, presented by The Charlotte chapter of the American Guild of Organists. First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade St. Sun., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. 704-332-5123.

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 30-31: Gary Valentine & Mark Evans, 8pm & 10:15pm. August 4-7: Russ Nagel, Tim Rowlands & Clint. 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

Kinetic Works SummerDance 2004 Concert performances by Kinetic Works Dance Company, featuring a company of six professional dancers and three pre-professional student dancers. www. mckineticworks.org. Aug. 5; Aug. 6; Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $15-$18. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-338-1533.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. July 22-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 Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Revelation: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Collections. July 22-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. July 22-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 22-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 22-Aug. 15. Summer Movies for Children. Awesome Animals. 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 Heavens Above: Photographs of the Universe from the Hubble Space Telescope. Through Aug. 1. 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Main Library Cathy Pickens. Author will discuss the novel Southern Fried. Sat., July 31, 1 p.m. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-6217.

Park Road Books Joan Medlicott. Author will read and sign At Home in Covington. Wed., Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Dawn O'Brien. Author will discuss and sign North Carolina's Historic Restaurants and Their Recipes. Thu., Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Spoken Word

The Evening Muse Turner South. Talking about My South. Tue., Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

Queens University Poets' Night. This is an Open Mike event--no featured reader. Hosted by Main Street Rag. Sat., July 31, 7 p.m. 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-573-2516.

Tea Rex Teahouse Poetry Open Mic. M. Scott Douglass will guest host. Fri., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. 2102 South Blvd.

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

Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy presented by Piedmont Players Theatre. July 29-31 & August 4-7, 7:30pm; August 1, 2:30pm. $9-$15. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury. 704-633-5471.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Set just weeks before the fall of the Berlin wall, this rock musical is the story of Hedwig Schmidt who sees a sex change operation and subsequent marriage to an American GI as his escape from East Germany. Presented by The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte. Recommended for mature audiences. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. August 5-21, 8pm, with 11pm shows each Friday & Saturday. $23. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

The Mousetrap A presentation of the Agatha Christie classic. Hodson Hall in the Cunningham Fine Arts Building. July 29-31 & August 5-7, 8pm; July 29 & August 5 are dinner theatre, $37/person. $13-$15. Davidson College. 704-894-2340.

Omega A science-fiction adventure comedy by Tony Wright. It is the future and the male race has been destroyed by a deadly virus. Performed by an all-female cast. Aug. 6-Aug 28, Fri & Sat, 8pm. $10. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542.

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