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Classical Music

American Guild of Organists Summer Recital Series Recitalist is Richard Peek with Jane Howard, mezzo-soprano, and Pierce Howard on recorder. Sun., June 2, 7:30 p.m. Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 9401 S Tryon St. 704-588-1290.

Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble Spring Concert: A Musical Cafe presented by Carolina Voices. A delectable menu of musical delights. No matter what your musical appetite, order your favorite music - it's on the menu! Sun., June 2, 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-374-1564.

Charlotte Symphony w/Pink Martini Pink Martini represents an exciting fresh approach to pop music blending current styles with traditional influences. May 24, 8 p.m.; May 25, 8 p.m. $15-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Festival Singers Concert presented by Carolina Voices. Choral settings from the book of Psalms as created by William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Charles Ives, Carlyle Sharpe and others. Sat., June 1, 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Rd. 704-374-11564.

Paul Taylor Peak Records recording artist brings his sensual saxman sounds to Charlotte. Sun., May 26, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-522-6500.

Peter vs. The Wolf the last concert of the Charlotte Symphony's Lollipops series. In this sequel to Peter and the Wolf, the wolf gets his day in court. The program is a hilarious courtroom comedy, where the audience determines the outcome. Sat., May 25, 10 a.m. $6-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Puttin' On The Glitz - A Silver Celebration presented by the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus. This is their 25th anniversary show. The show will run May 24-25 at Hodson Hall on the campus of Davidson College and May 31-June 1 at Mooresville Citizens Center. All shows are at 8pm. $10. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-947-8614.

Comedy

Comedy Zone Dak Rakow. His "Top Ten Stress Reducers" is one of the most requested bits in comedy. Co-headlining is Tony Luewellen, master impressionist. May 22-25, call for showtimes. Call for ticket prices. Mike Collins. Hey sports fans - you know him as the guy on ESPN's "Inside the PGA Tour". Not the quiet one. He's appeared with Ray Romano and Jon Stewart. Co-headlining is Brad Tassell, a regular on MTV, ESPN and he's appeared with Jay Leno and Tim Allen. May 29-June 1, call for showtimes. Call for ticket prices. 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. 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.

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. Continues through June 2. Heirloom Quilts. Crafted by regional artists from 1830-1920. Tue.-Sun. Continues through June 30. 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. Continues through July 14. 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.

* Mint Museum of Art The Allure of East Asia. An exhibition that glimpses into the wealth and variety of Asian art created over time. An engaging reflection of the aesthetics and techniques that produced incredibly beautiful ceramics, furniture, textiles and crafts throughout thousands of years. Over 100 objects will be on display. Tue.-Sun. Continues through July 14. American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age. an exhibition to illustrate the competitive creative spirit of Americans. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 31. 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. Pierre Joseph Redoute: A Man Passionate About Flowers. a presentation of 24 nineteenth century botanical hand-colored engravings from Redoute's most renowned works, Les Lilacees and Les Roses, from public and private collections. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 28. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

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