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Classical Music

Broadway Gold! Carolina Voices MainStage Choir, their band and guests salute the best of Broadway featuring hits and time-tested melodies. May 19-20, 8pm; May 21 3pm & 8pm; May 22 3pm. $20-$25. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-377-9124.

The Magic Flute The opera weaves together many of the forces that are essential to all people: love, discernment, faith and enlightenment. May 19, 7:30 p.m.; May 21, 8 p.m.; May 22, 2 p.m. $15-$91. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Piccolo Spoleto Preview Concert The Oratorio Chamber Singers of Charlotte and the Festival Singers of Carolina Voices present their third annual Piccolo Spoleto preview concert. Thu., May 26, 7:30 p.m. $5-$15. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd. 704-972-2000.

Renaissance Charlotte-based 26-voice choral ensemble will present its 2005 Piccolo Spoleto program. Sat., May 21, 8 p.m. $6-$12. Dilworth United Methodist Church, 605 East Blvd. 704-333-3698.


Big Chill Queen City Comedy. Hosted by Chris "FunnyMan" Robinson. Wednesdays, 9pm. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-358-9888.

Charlotte Comedy Theater Live Improvised Comedy. Interactive, improvisational comedy similar to Whose Line Is it Anyway. Rated R. Thursdays - The Perch sketch comedy 9pm & 10:15 call 704-566-0053. Fri & Sat, 8 & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. May 18-21: Hypnotist Mike Mesmer "eyes". May 25-28: Mike W. Armstrong. 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. Fri. & Sat., 8:30pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.

SK Netcafe Stand-Up Wednesday. Featuring acts and an open mic. Wed., May 18, 10 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.


NC Dance Theatre Spring Program North Carolina Dance Theatre's Student Ensemble will perform their annual Spring Repertory Program. Fri., May 27, 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.


Charlotte Museum of History Kites to Kitty Hawk. A multi-media interactive exhibit. May 12-Sept. 6. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Places in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. May 12-25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Grossology. Exhibit exploring good, bad and ugly about how the body works. Opens May 28. If These Walls Could Talk. The exhibit investigates the science and history of the structures that humans create. May 12-31. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure and Forces of Nature. Opening May 13: Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Downtown Walking Tour. If interested in learning about Charlotte's Downtown area, including the historical 4th Ward neighborhood, then check out the museum's Spring walking tours. Reservations suggested. Thursdays in May, 5:30pm. $5-$8. Project Hometown's Create. Don't Hate. Moving Poets collaborates with the museum for exhibit. Through May. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. May 12-July 3. Music & Movies at the Mint. Formerly known as Jazzy Ladies. May 24th: music by Audioform and the film O Brother Where Art Thou. $2-$5. Porcelain American Style. Through June 14. Retrospective of Prints by Chuck Close. May 12-Aug. 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. May 12-Dec. 31. Point of View III: North Carolina Artists as Collectors. May 12-Oct. 9. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

Museum of York County Eewww, Yuck!. Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through Summer 2005. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Nancy Henderson Wurst. Author will sign Able! How One Company's Disabled Workforce Became the Key To Extraordinary Success. Sat., May 21, 7-9 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Books-A-Million, Gastonia Nancy Henderson Wurst. Author will sign Able! How One Company's Disabled Workforce Became the Key To Extraordinary Success. Fri., May 20, 7 p.m. 3710 East Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-824-0221.

Cabarrus Bank Building, Kannapolis Sharon McCrumb. Author will discuss and sign St. Dale. Presented by Kannapolis Library. Sat., May 21, 11 a.m. 704-920-1180.

Mooresville Public Library Alan Michael Parker. Davidson College professor, poet and author will read from Cry Uncle. Sat., May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 304 S Main Street. 704-664-2927.

Spoken Word

Queens University Queens Faculty Readings. The low-residency M.F.A. program in creative writing at Queens University presents its next series of faculty readings. May 22, 24, 26, 27, 8pm. Free. 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2335.

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