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Classical Music

Chamber Music at St. Peter's A special recital from Alan Black and Phillip Bush to benefit the musicians' fund of Chamber Music. Sat., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. $10. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-335-0009.

Faculty Recital A performance featuring works of Strauss, Copland, Schubert and others. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2244.

k.d. lang w/ Charlotte Symphony Orchestra * Four-time Grammy winner k.d. lang will be joined by the Symphony conducted by Albert-George Schram. Thu., Oct. 14, 8 p.m. $22-$65. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600.

Comedy

Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. Improv Ensemble is opening a new theater. Preview shows are now playing. Grand opening coming soon. All shows are improvised and audience interactive. www.extremeimprov.com. 1111 Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances. Oct. 13-16: Ronnie Bullard and Matt Davis; Oct. 20-23: Mike Armstrong and James Sibley; Oct. 27-30: Scott Angrave and Andy Hendrickson. www.comedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Ovens Auditorium Margaret Cho. Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m. $29.50-$39.50. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600.

Tyber Creek Pub The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. "Whose Line" type short form improv. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fridays, 8pm. $5. 1933 S. Blvd. 704-301-1564.

Dance

Dracula Presented by Moving Poets. Oct. 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, Wed.-Sat, 8pm; Sun. 7pm. $15-$25. Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36 St. 704-527-6683.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Civil War Lantern Tour. An in-depth look into the conditions, hopes and fears that common foot soldiers of the Civil War lived with. Sat., Oct. 16, 6-10 p.m. $4-$8. Exhibits Alive: 20th Century. Interpreters and activities bring the Museum to life. Sat., Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m. Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Oct. 7-Jan. 2. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Place in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. Oct. 7-May 25. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Oct. 7-March 25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Communication Exhibit. Follow electronic messages around the world, see your voice, and get a glimpse at the next generation of the information age. Oct. 7-Jan. 10. Omnimax. Omnimax is closed for renovations through mid-November. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Disturbing Memories. Tim Tyson will talk about his new book Blood Done Signed My Name. Wed., Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Focus on Justice: Carolina Photographers and the Civil Rights Movement. Through Oct. 17. Living Traditions. Folk Arts of the American South. Oct. 7-Jan. 9. A Novello Evening with Tim Tyson. Featuring the memoirist, historian and author of the new book, Blood Done Sign My Name. Wed., Oct. 20. $10. We're Still Here: Native Americans in the Southeast. Oct. 7-Jan. 9. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures. An opportunity to see the work of America's foremost realist artist. Oct. 16-Jan. 9. Delhom Service League. Dr. Barbara Perry will discuss the new acquisitions in the Decorative Arts Department, and how they fit into the permanent collection. Tue., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Oct. 7-Feb. 20. Two Women And A Glass Of Wine. A thought-provoking monologue staged in the mind of a woman, as she reminisces through each unpredictable phase of her past journey. Sat., Oct. 16, 1 p.m. $15-$20. VantagePoint III: Elizabeth Turk - The Collars. Oct. 7-Dec. 31. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Oct. 7-Jan. 30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Oct. 7-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Under the Tuscan Sun: Tuscany Grape Varieties, History/ Appellations, Blending Techniques and Terroir. Oct. 19, 6:30-8pm. $30. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

Museum of York County Eewww, Yuck!. Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through Summer 2005. Our Changing Landscapes: Early views of people and places in Carolina Piedmont. Oct. 7-May 15. Vernon Grant. An exhibit of Grant's work, Storybook Village. Through Oct. 24. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Schiele Museum, Gastonia 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Borders, Morrocroft Jonathan E. Wright. Author of Firehouse Down: Life After Ground Zero will discuss and sign book. Fri., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Borders, Stonecrest Dick Morris. Author will discuss and sign some of his books. Fri., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.

Paper Skyscraper Judy Goldman. Author will read and sign new novel Early Leaving. Fri., Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m. 330 East Blvd. 704-333-7130.

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