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Classical Music

Summer Pops at Symphony Park The annual series presented by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. On the Lawn. June 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7pm. Admission is free. SouthPark Shopping Center, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-972-2000.


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. Fri & Sat, 8 & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.
The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. June 1-4: Debi Gutierrez. June 8-11: Tammy Pescatelli. 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 open mic. Wed., June 1, 10 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.
The Perch Live Sketch Comedy. Rated "R" for verbal content. At CCT, 1111 Hawthorne Ln. # D. Thursdays, 9 & 10:30pm. 704-566-0053.


Afro-Caribbean Dance Lena Blou will present a recital with guests Tropical Flavor Band. Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.


Charlotte Museum of History Kites to Kitty Hawk. A multi-media interactive exhibit. May 25-Sept. 6. 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 25-31. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure and Forces of Nature. Also 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. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.
Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. May 25-July 3. Music and Movies at the Mint. Music by Evans & Coppola and the film Vertigo, presented on the lawn by Young Affiliates of the Mint. Tue., June 7, 6 p.m. $2-$5. Porcelain American Style. Through June 14. Retrospective of Prints by Chuck Close. May 25-Aug. 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum of Craft + Design Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. May 25-Dec. 31. Point of View III: North Carolina Artists as Collectors. May 25-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. Family Film Festival. Films for folks of all ages. June 7-8: The Rescuers Down Under; June 14-15: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; June 21-22: The Sword in the Stone; June 28-29: Johnny Tremain. All at 11am & 2pm. Free after museum admission. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.
Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia Rainforest Alive!. June 4-Sept. 4. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Ronda Rich. Author will discuss and sign her new books The Town that Came a Courtin' and What Southern Women Know About Flirting . Fri., June 3, 7 p.m. Free. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.
Borders, Stonecrest Gene Cheek. Author will discuss and sign his debut novel The Color of Love. Sat., June 4, 2 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers Toby Bost. Author will sign Carolinas Gardener's Guide. Thu., June 2, 7 p.m. Lori and Tony Karayianni. Authors will read from and sign one of their books from the series Sofie Metropolis. Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. 4345 Barclay Downs Dr. 704-602-9820.
Monroe Library Jonathan Farlow. Author will read from and sign his latest novel Brouhaha. Mon., June 6, 6:30 p.m. 316 East Windsor Street, Monroe. 704-283-8184.

Spoken Word

Tea Rex Teahouse Poetry Open Mike. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Fri., June 3, 7:30 p.m. 2102 South Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Theater: Openings

Fishes & Loaves: the Stories Jesus Told Outdoor dinner show presented by Narro Way productions. Saturdays in June, 7pm. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.
Oklahoma! A new touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's landmark musical. May 31-June 5, Tues-Thu, 8pm; Fri-Sat, 8:15pm; Sun, 7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 2pm. $23-$61. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Orphans The drama follows the plight of two brothers orphaned at an early age. June 15-July 12. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 704-455-8542.
Piedmont Players A presentation of two complete comedies in one evening. The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang and Real Inspector Hound by Sir Tom Stoppard. June 9-11, 15-18, 7:30pm; June 12, 2:30pm. $9-$15. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury. 704-633-5471.
Quicker Than the Eye Murder mystery dinner theater presented by About Town Tours' ComeSolveIt-Charlotte Players. Sun., June 5, 6 p.m. $50 includes dinner. Palomino Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St. 704-373-9499.
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife A production of the Actor's Theatre. June 1-18. Wed. & Thurs, at 7:30pm; Fri. & Sat. at 8pm; June 12 at 2:30pm. $17-$22, June 7 is "Pay What You Can Night". Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.
Threads of Hope A play written to honor the women and men who toiled in Southern textile mills. June 15-18, 8pm; June 18-19, 2:30pm. $5-$8. Rock Hill Community Theatre, 236 West Main St., Rock Hill. 803-324-2578.
Torch Song Trilogy The Off-Tryon Theatre Company presents Harvey Fierstein's Tony-Award Winning play. Thur-Sat, June 9-25, 8pm. $12-$15, June 15 "Pay What You Can". Southend Performing Arts Center, 201 Rampart St. 704-332-3500.

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