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Arts Agenda 

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Comedy. Extreme Improv performs every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, featuring audience interactive comedy; Psychotic Pooch performs bizarre sketch comedy at 10pm (704-502-8423). www.extremeimprov.com www.psychoticpooch.com. $10. 1958 E 7th St. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances. Aug. 18-21: Joe Morrison & Roger Keiss. 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.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Aug. 11-Jan. 2. 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. Focus on Justice: Carolina Photographers and the Civil Rights Movement. Through Oct. 17. 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. Aug. 11-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. Aug. 11-Sept. 5. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design First in Families 2nd Annual Boundless Art Exhibit & Reception. An art exhibit of artists with developmental disabilities and their friends recognizing the unique gifts and talents of all people. Sat., Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m. A donation of $20 per person and $35 a couple is requested. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Aug. 11-Jan. 30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Aug. 28-April 17. 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. 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 Within these hills. A photographic exhibition. Aug. 11-Oct. 3. 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Park Road Books Dorothea Benton Frank. Author will read and sign Shem Creek. Wed., Aug. 25, 1 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

West Boulevard Branch Library Peter Reinhart. Author will discuss and sign American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza. Wed., Aug. 18, 6 p.m. 2157 West Blvd. 704-336-6802.

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.

Queens University Poets' Night. Hosted by Main Street Rag, featured reader M. Scott Douglass followed by an Open Mic. Sat., Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Free. 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-573-2516.

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

A.D. The story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Performed live outdoors. www.narroway.net. Aug. 27, 8 p.m.; Aug. 28, 8 p.m.; Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $13-15. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.

The Deliverer Narroway Productions presents the story of Barabbas, the man set free when Christ was cricified. www.narroway.net. Aug. 20-21, 8pm. $5-$15. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill.

Down Home Play Festival Production of six ten-minute plays from the 2004 Playwrights Competition. Gettys Building. Aug. 20-21, 6 p.m. $25-$45. Rock Hill Arts Council, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

Kathy and Mo Show Directed by Ashley Kerns, featuring Jenn Quigley and Amanda Liles. Aug. 19-21 & 25-28, 8pm. $12-$15, Pay What You Can NightAugust 25. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

The Last Five Years This musical from Tony-award winning composer Jason Brown chronicles a new couple's romance. Aug. 18-22, Wed.- Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m. $15. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

Theater: Ongoing

Camelot The majesty of the Knights of the Round Table returns to life as Robert Goulet ascends the throne as King Arthur. Aug. 17-19, 8pm; Aug 20, 8:15pm; Aug. 21, 2pm & 8:15pm; Aug. 22, 2pm & 7:30pm. $22-$64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch 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.

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