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Classical Music

Celebrate America! Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's traditional, patriotic concert. Symphony Park. www.charlottesymphony.org. Sat., July 2, 7 p.m. Free. SouthPark Shopping Center, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-972-2000.

Comedy

Charlotte Comedy Theater Live Improvised Comedy. Interactive, improvisational comedy similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway. Rated R. www.charlottecomedy.com. Fri & Sat, 8 & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. June 29-July 2: Craig Shoemaker; July 6-9: Allyn Ball & Naughty. 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. Fri. & Sat., 8:30pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.

The Perch Live Sketch Comedy. Rated "R" for verbal content. At CCT, 1111 Hawthorne Ln. # D. www.theperch.com. Thursdays, 9 & 10:30pm. 704-566-0053.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Homesite Alive: Handweaving. Take a tour of the oldest house in Charlotte and learn about the ancient skill of weaving. Visitors will be able to "throw a shot" on the loom and help make a piece of fabric. Wed., July 6, 1-4 p.m. Regular Museum admission. Kites to Kitty Hawk. A multi-media interactive exhibit. June 23-Sept. 6. Vecinos/Neighbors. A bilingual photographic exhibition. Through Aug. Whatzit?. This exhibit challenges the visitor to identify unique and unusual artifacts rarely on public display. Through Sept. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Grossology. Exhibit exploring good, bad and ugly about how the body works. Through July. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure, Forces of Nature and Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cajun House Party. Learn about this fascinating culture in the New South and enjoy a Cajun food buffet, dance lessons, stories and music provided by the Miller Band and the Carolina Gator Gumbo Band. Fri., July 8, 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. June 23-July 3. Museum Docent. Experience art and become a docent who leads tours and helps visitors understand art works. No art experience is needed. Enthusiastic people who value art and communicate well in groups are invited to apply. sperry@mintmuseum.org. Retrospective of Prints by Chuck Close. June 23-Aug. 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. June 23-Dec. 31. Point of View III: North Carolina Artists as Collectors. June 23-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 Rainforest Alive!. June 23-Sept. 4. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum George Ellison and K. Randell Jones. Discussion and signing of Mountain Passages by George Ellison and Scoundrels, Rogues, and Heroes of the Old North State edited by Randell Jones. Sat., July 9, 2-4 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9481.

Gaston County Public Library Mark Helprin. Award-winning writer, Mark Helprin will read from and discuss his new novel, Freddy and Fredericka. Sun., July 10, 4 p.m. Free. 1555 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. 704-868-2164.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers Lisa Scottoline. Author will sign her new novel Devil's Corner. Wed., June 29, 7 p.m. Mary Alice Monroe. Mary Alice Monroe will discuss and sign her new novel, Sweetgrass. Tue., July 12, 7 p.m. 4345 Barclay Downs Dr. 704-602-9820.

Spoken Word

Tea Rex Teahouse Poetry Open Mike. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Fri., July 1, 7:30 p.m. 2102 South Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Theater: Openings

Caught in the Net Bigamy and the internet provide laughs aplenty in Ray Cooney's sequel to the hilarious Run for Your Wife. July 6-9, 13-16, 8pm; July 12, 7pm; July 10, 2:30pm. $16. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

I Loathe A Parade About Town Tours' ComeSolveIt-Charlotte Players present a murder mystery dinner theater. Sun., July 10, 6 p.m. $50, includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverage and the show. Palomino Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St. 704-650-2799.

The METHod to my MADness This one man show is performed cabaret style through music and a narrative. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. July 7-16, Thurs-Sat, 9pm. $20. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers A toe tapping, knee slapping good time that will please the young and old alike. June 22-23, 24-25, 29-30, July 1-2, 8pm; June 28, 7pm; June 26, 2:30pm. $16. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

The Story of Hansel & Gretel A musical presented by CPCC Summer Theatre. www.cpcc.edu/summer_theatre. July 5-9, 11-16 at 10am. $5. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

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