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Arts Agenda 

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts

Comedy


Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv Comedy. Featuring interactive, improvised comedy. www.extremeimprov.com. Jan. 7 - CCT introduces their all female, long form comedy ensemble, Helen Baak. 8pm, $10 admission. Fri., 10pm; Sat., 8pm & 10pm. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.


The Comedy Zone New Year's Eve. Scotty K, Keith Alberstadt with MC Scott Oseychek. Fri., Dec. 31. $40/couple (8pm); $80/couple (10:15pm). 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.


Dilworth Neighborhood Grille The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Whose Line, Second City, and Sketchprov style improv comedy. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Saturdays 8pm. Free. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.


SK Netcafe Stand-up comedy. Featuring acts and open mic. Wed., Jan. 5, 9:30 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.

Museums


Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Dec. 22-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. Dec. 22-May 25. Scots-Irish 12th Night Celebration. Celebrate the old tradition of Twelfth Night at the Hezekiah Alexander House. Featuring open-house tours of the 1774 Rock House, storytelling around the bonfire, colonial crafts and more. Sat., Jan. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Solving the Rock House Mysteries. Interactive exhibit examines clues revealed by photographs, oral histories, and archaeological discoveries. Dec. 22-31. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Dec. 22-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. Dec. 22-Jan. 10. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari and Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.


Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Gallery Blast!. Featuring guided tours of the centerpeice exhibit Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers. Meet a fiber artist in the exhibit and enjoy hands-on textile demonstrations throughout the day, along with other related craft activities, Southern history, and the opportunity to sample Southern foods. Wed., Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Living Traditions. Folk Arts of the American South. Dec. 22-Jan. 9. Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes. Dec. 22-April 20. We're Still Here: Native Americans in the Southeast. Dec. 22-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. Dec. 22-Jan. 9. North Carolina Pottery: A Restless Tradition. Dec. 22-Feb. 27. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Dec. 22-Feb. 20. VantagePoint III: Elizabeth Turk - The Collars. Dec. 22-31. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.


Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Dec. 22-Jan. 30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Dec. 22-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Glasses. World Class Wine and Cheese: Topics include pairing, grape varieties and more. Tue., Jan. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. $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. Dec. 22-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.


Schiele Museum, Gastonia Elephant Safari. A guided tour of elephants as part of exhibit. Sat and Sun, through Jan. 23. 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

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.


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

Theater: Openings


An Evening of Musical Theatre Theatre Matthews presents songs from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Grease, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Big River and others. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $20. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews. 704-846-8343.

THE GIZMO GUYS & THE SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION The show combines the quick wit and juggling act of The Gizmo Guys with the illusions of the husband and wife team of the Spencers. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Sun., Jan. 16, 4 p.m. $20-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.


New Years Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and Silent Auction Say "Bon Voyage" to 2004, and cruise into 2005 with an evening of dining, dancing, and murder. Presented by Old Courthouse Theatre. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $65. Lowes Motor Speedway's Speedway Club. 704-788-2405.


Smokey Joe's Cafe The rock & roll music of song-writing team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, including hits like "Hound Dog," "On Broadway," and others. Jan. 6-7, 8pm. $25-$48. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

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