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Classical Music

Chamber Music Concert the noted Ensemble Vermillian will perform a recital of Baroque chamber music at the Lingle Chapel of Davidson College Presbyterian Church. The trio will perform works by Bach, Corelli, Leclair and others. Thu., May 9, 7:30 p.m. The concert is free of charge. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-895-9931.Charlotte Flute Choir The program of light classical music will include both original and transcribed works written specifically for the medium of flute choir. Sun., May 19, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road. 704-552-7128.

Charlotte Symphony Season Finale featuring conductor Joann Falletta and pianist Jon Nakamatsu. The program will highlight the works of Barber, Gershwin and Piston. May 17, 8 p.m.; May 18, 8 p.m. $12-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Hearts Joined in Solidarity A musical concert benefiting victims from 9/11 and Afghany men, women and children. Sat., May 18, 7-9:30 p.m. $10. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. 704-358-9630.

Hooray for Hollywood...at the Booth! Carolina Voices 80 voice MainStage Choir will end its season with a Choral Tribute to the Great Film Musicals. Show will run May 16-18 at 8pm, and May 18-19 at 3pm. $20-$25. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Miatta Fahnbelleh Concert Concert and entertainment featuring West African Icons - Miatta Fahnbelleh and Bosca Banks. Sat., May 18, 9 p.m. $30 at the door. Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Road. 917-880-8170.

Orengo Band Latin rhythm, jazz and fun! Traditional Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican Republican sounds for a Latin jazz lovers' concert. Sat., May 11, 8 p.m. $15-$20. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Comedy

Comedy Zone Hypnotist Gary Conrad. Gary has amazed audiences with his hypnotism show. His show can only be described as a cross between the Rocky Horror Picture Sho and a legalized LSD trip. The show will run May 8-11, call for showtimes. Tom McGillen and John Rathbone. a regular on Comedy Central, Showtime and VH-1, Tom's act unfolds as a freewheeling collection of impressions, sketches and observations of everything imaginable. His rubber face has landed countless paying comedy gigs all across the country. Show runs May 15-18. Call for showtimes. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Located at 1500 Central Ave., 2nd floor. Showtimes are 9pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There is also a late show on Saturdays at 1am. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Upcoming: Show 260-"Twice One Thirty" May 3-11. Audience Favorites. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. Extreme Improv. Completely improvised shows every Saturday at 7pm. Similar to "Who's Line Is It Anyway?". Call 866-Improv1 or see website at www.extremeimprov.com. Improv classes ongoing. Saturdays, 7 p.m. $8. 1500 B. Central Ave.

Dance

Carmina Burana Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's classic work featuring NC Dance Theatre, The Charlotte Symphony, the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the Winthrop University Chorale, and the Charlotte Children's Choir. May 10, 8 p.m.; May 11, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $17-$50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Fowl Play a satirical contemporary interpretation of the classic Swan Lake presented by Moving Poets. Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, at 8pm, and Sunday May 12 at 7pm. $14.50-$18.50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Museums

Asheville Art Museum John Cage Visual Art: To Sober and Quiet the Mind. A facinating exhibition composed of 75 works borrowed from public and private collections and includes a portfolio of handmade paper created by Cage. Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 1-5 p.m. Continues through June 30. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, students with ID and children 4-15, children 3 and younger admitted free. 2 So. Pack Square at Park Place, P.O. Box 1717, Asheville. 828-253-3227.

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Community of Faiths: The Spiritual and Religious Heritage of the Carolinas Piedmont. exhibit explores the impact of religion, faith-based institutions, and spiritual traditions on the region from early Native American villages to the present; includes gallery depicting the life, career and worldwide influence of Charlotte native son, Billy Graham. Tue.-Sun. Raising The Roof: Barns of Our State. A photographic collaboration between the museum and Our State: North Carolina Magazine exploring a vanishing icon of the rural and agricultural South - the old wooden barn. Tue.-Sun. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.

* Levine Museum of the New South Carolina Victorian - Rediscovering the New South's First Architecture. Celebrating the richness of this era which extended from the exterior to the interior, Carolina Victorian treats visitors to photographs of NC Victorian Landmarks, furnished Victorian rooms, scenes of Charlotte from 1905 versus today, and a dollhouse that replicates the tiniest details of a Victorian home. Mon.-Sun. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

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