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Classical Music

The Beat Goes On The Charlotte Symphony Lollipops along with comedian Heidi Joyce, will educate the audience about the instruments of the orchestra through humor and music in a concert designed for children ages 4-9, their parents and grandparents. Sat., Feb. 16, 10 a.m. $6-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Carnatic Vocal Concert by Mr. Sanjay Subrahmanyan. Fri., Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m. The Hindu Center Auditorium. 704-814-9355.

Celia Cruz the Grammy-winning Havana native thrills with her voice, talent, and charisma. Sun., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. $22-$45. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Chamber Music at Queens the concert will feature works by Schubert, Harbison, and Dvorak. Sat., Feb. 16, 7:15 p.m. $20. Queens College, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2213.

Charlotte Symphony 70th Anniversary Concert in celebration of their 70th anniversary the Charlotte Symphony welcomes back Leo Driehuys, conductor for 17 years. Feb. 15, 8 p.m.; Feb. 16, 8 p.m. $12-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Dan Haerle Trio members have performed with some of the top names in jazz. Fri., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors. UNC-Charlotte. 704-687-2899.

Music of the Night with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra. Featuring guest soprano Cristina Fontanelli. Selections include Dvorak Symphony #8, Un Bal Di from "Madame Butterfly" and "Phantom of the Opera" highlights. Sat., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. $20. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-846-2788.ComedyComedy Zone Diane Ford w/Mike Collins. comedic performance. Feb. 13, 8 p.m.; Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Feb. 15, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; Feb. 16, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mark Ryan & Keith Alberstedt. comedic performance. Feb. 20, 8 p.m.; Feb. 21, 8 p.m. $6 for Wednesday and Thursday, $10 for Friday and Saturday shows. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. with Peanut, Walter and Jose Jalapeno. Feb. 22, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; Feb. 23, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. $19.50. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Sketch Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. The Desperate for Attention Players will be performing Chicago stylel long form shows. Down and dirty, stage clawing, improvised comedy available no where else in this area. Saturdays, 7 p.m. $8. 1500 Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

Dance

NC Dance Theatre Repertory Program Will feature works by acclaimed choreographers such as Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Nacho Duato, George Balanchine and Paul Taylor. Feb. 22, 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews. 704-321-7275.

Museums

* Levine Museum of the New South Catawba Pottery, Legacy of Survival: Seven Master Potters. get an intimate look at the pottery of the Catawba Indians. Approximately 30 pieces of pottery will be displayed along with text and photos that explain the history and role of pottery in the Catawba culture. Crossroads Quilters: Stitching the Community Together. Exhibition includes 15 traditional quilts, photographs, teacher guides, gallery guides and a "discovery panel". Light Days, Dark Nights: The Carolina Photographs of Doris Ullman. the exhibit will feature the portraiture of this acclaimed photographer who traveled throughout North and South Carolina from 1929-1933 shooting images of Americans in the rural South, whom she felt define the essence of the American people. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

* Mint Museum of Art Art Glass: The Collection of Marjorie and Robert McDorman. Brilliant and elegant examples of art glass from the guilded age. Ranges from small vases and plates to much larger urns and lamps. Included are works from all of the major glassmakers of the period: Galle, Daum, Loetz, Tiffany, Carder, Steuben, Durand and Quezal among others. Mon.-Sun. Continues through June 16. Artists' Forum:" What's Happening In Charlotte?". Area artists will discuss their work as well as current issues and activities in their artistic fields. Talks will be followed by an informal reception and a chance to meet the artists. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An insightful look, through 60 art masterpieces, into the era in which America assumed a leading role on the world stage. Mon.-Sun. Continues through April 21. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

Spoken Word

Starbucks, N. Tryon Street Open Mic Poetry. at Starbucks, 101 North Tryon St. All are invited to read poetry. Hosted by Daniel Hocken and assisted by Jason Renegar. Reading begins promptly at 8pm. Call for more details. Sat., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. 101 North Tryon Street. 704-377-2790.

Theater: Openings

16th Annual New Play Festival will feature The Dangerous Place by Michael McKeever, Lucky Stars by Laddy Sartin, Signs and Wonders by Joan Vail Thorne, and Make My Day by George Scurlock. Feb. 21, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Feb. 22, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Feb. 23, 11 a.m.,2 p.m.,5 p.m. & 8 p.m. Single tickets cost $8.50 each, Festival Passes are $30 for all four plays. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

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