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Classical Music

Charlotte Symphony A concert of three American landmark compositions featuring Canadian pianist Ian Parker. March 18, 8 p.m.; March 19, 8 p.m. $14-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi Classical Music Association of Charlotte present a performance of Carnatic music by violin duo accompanied by Neyveli Venkatesh (Mridangam) and Thirupanithura Radhakrishnan (Ghatam). Sun., March 20, 2 p.m. The Hindu Center Auditorium. 704-814-9355.

Le Chemin de la Croix A performance by organist and director of parish music at St. Paul's. Sun., March 20, 3 p.m. Free. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fort Mill, 501 Pine St. 803-547-5968.

Luna Nova Ensemble Concert Series performance at Davidson will include the premiere of "Crossing Rivers IV." Mon., March 21. $10-$15. Davidson College. 704-894-2135.

Comedy

Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. High energy, interactive improv comedy, rated R. www.extremeimprov.com. Fri & Sat, 8pm & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Mar. 16-19: Billy Gardel. www.thecomedyzone.net. 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. Sat., 8:30pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.

SK Netcafe Stand-up Comedy. Featuring acts and open mic. Wed., March 16, 10 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.

The Perch The Perch Sketch Live Comedy. At Charlotte Comedy Theatre, 1111 Hawthorne Ln. www.theperch.com. Thursdays, 9pm (non-smoking); 10:30pm (smoking). 704-566-0053.

Dance

Spring Renewal CPCC'S Dance Central's presentation of jazz and modern dances. March 18, 8 p.m.; March 19, 8 p.m. Free. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6882.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History A City of Neighborhoods. A three-part workshop exploring the NoDa and Plaza Midwood communities, in a creative examination of the forces that shape a culturally and environmentally vibrant neighborhood. Pre-registration is required. March 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; March 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 20, 1-4 p.m. $25. Enterprising Women. Featuring dramatic monologues of storiesof intriguing women who helped shape the landscape of American business. Reservations required. Sat., March 19, 2-4 p.m. Girl Scout Weekend. A weekend for Brownie Girl Scouts featuring guest speakers, presentations, hands-on activities, and a sleepover. Reservations required. March 18; March 19. 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. March 10-May 25. Politics, Policy, and Reality: What's Really Going On in Washington. Featured guest speaker is reporter Gwen Ifill. Seating limited. Priority reservations available for museum members, all other reservations taken after March 15. Tue., March 22, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. March 10-25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place If These Walls Could Talk. The exhibit investigates the science and history of the structures that human create. March 10-May 31. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure and Forces of Nature. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes. March 10-April 20. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. March 12-July 3. The Guild. Monthly meeting with Carolyn DeMeritt presenting: "The Impact Photography has on Human Emotions." Guests welcome. Wed., March 23, 7 p.m. Free. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. March 10-April 17. Third Thursdays at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design. Topical programs, refreshments and evening hours for viewing exhibitions. Learn kitchen tips with the culinary department of the Art Institute of Charlotte. Thu., March 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Spanish Renaissance. Mar. 22, 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. March 10-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Ann B. Ross. Question and answer session with author of the Miss Julia series. She will also read and sign her latest book, Miss Julia's School of Beauty. Mon., March 21, 7 p.m. Free. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9481.

Borders, Stonecrest Koh. Author will discuss and sign Click, Click, Who's There?. Sat., March 19, 2 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.

Davidson College Novelist and Critic David Galef. Author will give a public reading of his work and present student writing awards. Room 900 of the Alvarez College Union. Tue., March 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. 704-894-2441.

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