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Arts Agenda

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts
indicates critics' picks.

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Classical Music

Benefit Concert Featuring Armand & Angelina. All proceeds benefit the Voices of the Children foundation. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Sat., Nov. 30, 7:15 p.m. $12 for ages 16 and up. Unity of Charlotte, 1000 Woodlawn Ave. 1-800-704-0265.

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem Charlotte Symphony Classics. Featuring the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the Charlotte Children's Choir, Pamela Coburn, soprano, Paul Agnew, tenor, and Klaus Hager, baritone. Christof Perick, conducting. Belk Theater. Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m. $12-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Chamber Music at St. Peter's This First Tuesday at Noon Concert will highlight Dream Steps for flute, viola and harp by Charlotte-born composer Dan Locklair. Tue., Dec. 3, 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

Charlotte Symphony Lollipops Presents Brasstacular The brass instruments of the orchestra are spotlighted via music from the Big Band era. The Lollipops is a series of concerts designed for young listeners, ages 4-9, their parents and grandparents. Sat., Nov. 30, 11 a.m. $8-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Charlotte Symphony Pops Presents Bravo Big Band A tribute to the big band style featuring vocalists Michael Maguire and Lynn Roberts. Conductor Albert-George Schram will lead the performances. Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m. $15-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Fall Concert CSYO will be joined by the Junior Youth Orchestra. Ernest Pereira conducts and Charlotte Symphony violist Ning Zhao is the soloist. Tickets can be purchased at the door. www.csyo.net. Sun., Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 students, senior citizens. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-972-2003.

Ensemble Series: Chamber Singers & Jazz Voices Two select vocal ensembles performing. The Chamber Singers will perform chamber/madrigal songs and the Jazz Voices will perform up-beat jazz arrangements. Barnes Recital Hall. Mon., Nov. 25, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

Ensemble Series: Symphonic Band A selection of symphonic band music directed by William Malambri. Byrnes Auditorium. Fri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

An Evening of Yuletide The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble, a 32-voice chorus of African-American Extraction, presents traditional and contemporary music to usher in the season. Sun., Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m. $10/advance, $15/door. Myers Park Sr. High School, 2400 Colony Rd. 704-348-1598.

Flute Choir Concert The Department of Music at UNCC presents its 30-member Flute Choir in concert under the direction of Mark Thomas. Mon., Nov. 25, 8 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC.

Hallelujah! Featuring: Charlotte City Ballet, Eddie Mabry Dancers, Charlotte Philharmonic Community Chorus, Philharmonic Holiday Singers. Concert selections include Christmas Waltz, Let it Snow, Nutcracker Suite, Messiah selections and popular traditional carols. Part of the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra 2002-03 season. Belk Theater. Sun., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. $15-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-846-2788.

Jazz & Classical Essentials Sunday Brunch Borders will be playing jazz and classical music from their essential catalogs. Coffee and pastry provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. Borders, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

A Liederabend Concert Davidson College students from three different vocal studios. Songs will range from musical theater to art songs to opera arias, some of which will be sung in foreign languages. Sun., Nov. 24, 4 p.m. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2244.

Providence United Methodist Church Recital Series PUMC Chancel Choir and Brass Charlotte open the Providence Recital Series' 2002-03 season with music by Britten and Rutter. Sun., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.

The Olde English Madrigal Feaste An event that includes dinner and entertainment with music, jugglers, jesters, etc. with an Olde English theme. McBryde Hall. Deadline for registration is Dec. 2. Dec. 6-7 at 7pm. $28. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Completely improvised comedy shows based on your suggestions. Similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Southern and Cajun dinner and drinks are available at the Bayou as well. Tell your server you are there to see the show for proper seating. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for details/reservations. Saturdays, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. 1958 E 7th St. 1-866-467-7681.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, on Friday and Saturday nights, and an additional show on Saturdays at 1am. The 9pm show is non-smoking. Audience Favorites Part 1: Through Nov. 30. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

Psychotic Pooch Live Sketch Comedy and Improv. Comedy rated NC-17 for situations and content. Large group rates available. Call for reservations, directions or more info. DJ after-party every Saturday. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

The Comedy Zone College Night and "SIN" (Service Industry Workers) Night. Get free admission for the 8pm show and with your Comedy Zone ticket, get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe. Wednesdays. Larry The Cable Guy. Nov. 20-23. James Gregory. Nov. 29-30. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. 704-348-4242.

Dance

Amy Marshall Dance Company Charlotte native Chad Levy is the executive director of the company as well as one of the dancers. The performance will take place in the Hannah Covington McGee Theatre of the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center. Thu., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. $15 per person. Wingate University. 704-233-8300.

The Carolinas Latin Dance Company The Charlotte-based Carolinas Latin Dance Company presents dances from Spain, Central and South America and new Latin dance traditions developed in the US. Sun., Dec. 1, 1:30-4 p.m. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $17 family. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Crossing the Border UNC Charlotte presents Crossing the Border for its fall dance concert. Included will be Afoxe, a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance staged by guest artists-in-residence. Tickets are available by calling the Rowe box office. Nov. 20-23, 8 p.m. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-2599.

Giselle CPCC's Dance Central will present this romantic ballet that has been in performance somewhere in the world since 1841. Nov. 22, 8 p.m.; Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m. $12. Pease Auditorium, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

The Nutcracker Moscow Ballet will be performing at the Grand Premiere of the new Cabarrus Arena. Moscow Ballet's director, Valery Lantratov, will also appear in the role of Drosselmeier. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. $18-$38. Cabarrus County Expo Center, Concord, 4551 Old Airport Rd., Concord. 704-522-6500.

The Nutcracker The Nutcracker is a great holiday tradition in Matthews and the production is for people of all ages. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Call for more information. Nov. 23, 7 p.m.; Nov. 24, 3 p.m.; Nov. 30, 7 p.m.; Dec. 1, 3 p.m. $3 children, $4 students and $5 adults. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews. 704-321-7275.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Civil War Lantern Tour. Take an in-depth look into the conditions, hopes and fears of the common Civil War foot soldier. See campfires, smell the cooking and listen to stories from the period. Space is limited. Reservations required. Sat., Nov. 23, 6-9 p.m. $4 children ages 6-12, $6 students/seniors, $8 adults. Highways & Byways of Our State. A photographic road trip of eclectic NC sites and scenes, all viewed from the state's Highways and Byways, using archival images from Our State: North Carolina magazine. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Jan. 12. Native American Plant Remedies. An exhibit of drawings, paintings, pastels and watercolors of flora and fauna used by early Native Americans as effective cures, accompanies the Native American Gardens on the Museum's grounds. Nov. 14-Dec. 3. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Multimedia exhibit in the Millennium Gallery tells the personal stories of war as shared through the written and recorded war-time correspondence of soldiers from the region. A Charlotte Shout event. Continues through Sept. 30, 2003. Regular Museum admission. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.

Gaston County Museum of Art & History Carolinas Textile Exhibit- The Ties That Bind. Interactive displays, engaging scale models, authentic artifacts and photos detail how the textile industry transformed the economy, technology and communities of the new south. Tue.-Sun. 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-852-6025.

Levine Museum of the New South * African-American History Tour. Explore the main exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, and discover the first African-American textile mill owner, Good Samaritan Hospital's Chapel and the roots of the sit-in movement. Sun., Dec. 1, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Free with museum admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, students and children over 6. Americanos: Latino Life in the United States. An exhibition presenting an intimate portrait of the Latino community through the work of 30 prize-winning photographers. The museum will also feature oral histories and artifacts from the Charlotte-area Latino community. Nov. 14-Jan. 20. The Carolinas Latin Dance Company. The Charlotte-based Carolinas Latin Dance Company presents dances from Spain, Central and South America and new Latin dance traditions developed in the US. Sun., Dec. 1, 1:30-4 p.m. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $17 family. The New South's Love Affair with the Car. The exhibit explores four aspects of the South's relationship with the car. Vintage local photos, racing history, and more. Tue.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 31. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Celebrating the Legacy of Romare Bearden. A juried exhibition co-sponsored with McColl Center for Visual Art. North and South Carolina artists' works were selected by David C. Driskell and reflect the inspiration of Romare Bearden. The exhibition is in two parts: one half at the Mint Museum of Art and one half at Spirit Square. Continues through Feb. 23, 2003. Colonial Williamsburg Collection. Since the 1930's Colonial Williamsburg has amassed the nation's largest collection of Southern furniture. Fifty-two examples of the cabinetmaker's trade illustrate the cultural diversity of the early South. Nov. 23-Jan. 26. Everyman's Gold. English lustreware from the Collection of John Elsley. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 1. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Coming of Age. Traces the evolution of the museum's collection (1937 to the present), illustrating the work of some of the 20th and 21st century's craftspeople and designers. Tue.-Sun. Continues through April 6. Currents In Craft. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Point of View: Public and Private Collecting Part I. Point of View demonstrates how materials, techniques and themes guide collectors on their quest to shape meaningful collections. Continues through Feb. 23. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

Museum of York County All About Cats. This exhibit features many of the world's cats including the well-known lion, tiger, jaguar, panther, and leopard, as well as the lesser known species. Continues through Sept. 14, 2003. An Historical Look at Visual Communication: Illustrators of the 20th Century. Visitors can view over 50 works from past and current members of the Society of Illustrators. Continues through Jan. 3. Gatherin' Together: Scotch-Irish Lifeways in the Carolina Piedmont. Explore the origins of customs, traditions and lifeways of the Scotch-Irish through their language, music, folklore, religion, politics, industry, and decorative arts. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Feb. 2. Illustrator Vernon Grant: A Century of American Whimsy. This exhibit examines Grant's career that spanned seven decades. He produced gnomes, caricatures and nursery rhyme renderings, while his advertising icons sold a multitude of products. Continues through Oct. 5, 2003. The Nick of Time: New Classics from Old. This exhibit will present a new Christmas line produced by Department 56 and the original Vernon Grant illustrations from which it was based. Continues through Jan. 5. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

North Carolina Museum of History Flashback to the 60's. A collection of memorablila that significantly defines a period of profound social and cultural change in America. Continues through Sept. 28, 2003. 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-715-0200.

Spoken Word

23 Studio/Pat's Tavern Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry Night. A chance for all local poets, drummers and entertainers to come showcase their talent. After each poetry session you can stay and listen to DJ Live and an up-and-coming musical act to follow. There will also be local incense, oil, art and jewelry vendors at the event. Thursdays. $5 before 10:30pm, $10 thereafter. 3209 N. Davidson St. 704-370-6107.

Club Myxx Organik Funk. Hip-Hop, Spoken Word open mic. Sundays, 9 p.m. $3 members, $5 non-members. 3110 S. Tryon St. 704-623-0058.

Crystal on the Plaza Reggae Club Wisdom Wednesdays. Open Mic, Spoken Word, Poetry and other conscious thoughts and expressions. Word, Sound & Power...Roots, Culture & Knowledge. Hosted by Aquiyla and Nina, MC by Filmore, Musical Innervisions by DJ DR and DJ Justice. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. 3018 The Plaza. 704-376-3799.

Nubian Rootz Cultural Center Free Artistic Expression. Artistic expression of sound through poetry and music. The event will feature spoken word artists, poets and singers. Participate in the open mic session. Veggie samples will be available while they last. Fri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. 4801-M N. Tryon St. 704-537-9757.

Swing 1000 Rhythm Theory Tuesdays. Enjoy open mic poetry, music, and dancing. Doors open at 6pm. Poetry begins at 7:30pm. Tuesdays. Free before 7:15pm. 1000 Central Ave. 704-334-4443.

Visulite Theatre WordPhoria. Jessica Deltac emcees. The $5 cover is waived for anyone who wants to read from their journal, recite poetry or perform an original song with instrumental back-up. Call if you are interested in performing. Visit www.wordphoria.com for more information. Wed., Nov. 20, 7 p.m. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-566-6566.

Theater: Openings

A Christmas Carol- The Musical Bring the family and celebrate the season with Charles Dickens' Yuletide classic- the timeless tale of Scrooge and his magical, musical change of heart. Belk Theater. Sun., Dec. 1, 2 p.m. $14-32. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Harry Chapin's Cotton Patch Gospel A bluegrass musical about the life of Jesus set in 21st century Georgia. Featuring Franklin Golden in a one-man show with the internationally acclaimed Shady Grove Band. Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. $20-$60. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-333-0378.

Into the Woods Stephen Sondheim's musical will be presented in Keppel Auditorium on campus. The production is based on Grimm's book of fairy tales with a darker twist- Cinderella is ambivalent, Little Red Riding Hood is bloodthirsty and Prince Charming has a roving eye. Nov. 20-23, 7:30 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students and senior citizens. Group rates area available. Catawba College, 2300 West Innes St., Salisbury. 704-637-4481.

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Bill Neville. Summoned by the death of their mother, three sisters return to their childhood home to sort through her belongings and to confront the lives they left behind. Contains adult language, subject matter, and situations. All shows are in the Black Box Theatre of Cunningham Fine Arts Building. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 24, 2 p.m. $4 general admission. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

A Thurber Carnival Winner of a special Tony Award, this revue depicts American life at its most ridiculous. Sketches include "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and other familiar comedy. Fri.-Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2:30pm. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. $7. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-334-9128.

A Tuna Christmas Come spend Christmas in Tuna, Texas, with all its eccentric citizens. Directed by Terry Loughlin. Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; Nov. 24, 2 p.m.; Nov. 27-28, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 2 p.m.; Dec. 4-5, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $26-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Theater: Ongoing

The Illusion By Tony Kushner. This play weaves obsession and caprice, romance and murder, fact and fiction, into an exploration of the greatest illusion of all- love. Based on L'illusion comique by Pierre Corneille. Presented by BareBones Theatre Group. Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m.; Nov. 24, 3 p.m. $8 students and seniors, $10-$12 adults. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-375-2536.

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy takes a twist in the hands of managing director, John Hartness. Featuring husband and wife team Stan Peal and Laura Depta as storm-tossed lovers Benedick and Beatrice. Nov. 20 is Pay What You Can Night. Nov. 20-23, 8 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students & seniors. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

My Three Angels Directed by Millie Elting. Nov. 21, 8:15 p.m.; Nov. 22, 8:15 p.m.; Nov. 23, 8:15 p.m. $12 adults, $10 students/seniors. Little Theatre of Gastonia, 238 S. Clay St., P.O. Box 302, Gastonia. 704-865-0160.

A Taste of Broadway an ongoing musical theatre revue that will combine fine food with the flavor of Broadway. Sundays, 5-9 p.m. $10 per person for show only. Food costs extra. Swing 1000, 1000 Central Ave. 704-334-4443.

Visual Arts: Openings

Charlotte Art League Small Works. Featuring art no larger than 11x17 inches, created by numerous Charlotte Art League members. Artists' reception will be from 6-9pm on Dec. 6 during the First Friday Gallery Crawl. Dec. 4-28. Seven Ways to Light: A Journey to Commonality. A collection of 7 artists' individual approaches to photography as a creative medium. An opening reception will be held on Nov. 22 at 7pm. Nov. 20-30. 1517 Camden Rd. 704-376-2787.

Christa Faut Gallery Illumination- The Brilliance of Artistic Fine Jewelry. Precious Metals to wear by national metalsmiths, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Also on exhibition: paintings, drawings, lithographs, clay sculptures and glass by Gallery artists. Fri., Sat. Continues through Dec. 31. 19818 N. Cove Rd., Cornelius. 704-892-5312.

Foust Studio Holiday On Park. Gift-sized artwork by local artists. Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5200 Park Rd., Suite 115. 704-525-7989.

Gallery W.D.O. December. Featuring John Goodheart's recent ceramics, Joel Urruty's wood sculpture and Object of Desire: Toys for the Adult Collector. An opening reception will be held on Dec. 6 from 6-8pm. Dec. 3-Jan. 18. Hearst Plaza Suite No. 1, 214 North Tryon St. 704-333-9123.

Pope's Gallery Various Artists. The Arboretum and Myers Park locations will be exhibiting an assorted selection of original art works by Pope's family of artists. Dec. 1-31. 8016-900 Providence Rd. and 1035 Providence Rd. 704-541-3199 or 704-342-1774.

Rock Hill City Hall Seven Ways to Light: A Journey to Commonality. A collection of 7 artists' individual approaches to photography as a creative medium. Dec. 1-31. 155 Johnston St., Rock Hill. 803-328-1694.

Spirit Square falleg malverk. An exhibition of paintings by Peggy Rivers, McColl Center for Visual Art Affiliate Artist. Member's Preview: Nov. 22, 5-6pm. Public Opening: Nov. 22, 6-8pm. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Jan. 5. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Visual Arts: Ongoing

Afro-American Cultural Center Eros Negras: Encountering the Black Female Body. An exhibition that explores the sexuality, sensuality and eroticism of black women from a socio-political perspective in a contemporary world. Continues through Nov. 30. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Art 1 Gallery Shaping Space: Perspectives in Culture. Featuring Chad Nichols and David Pollard. Continues through Dec. 31. Holiday Gallery. A 3-week celebration of small arts and crafts for sale by regional artists that are made available at Art 1 Gallery. Special prices and original gift ideas, artworks and greeting cards will be made available. Continues through Dec. 28. 170 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-854-8800.

Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Charlotte Quilters Guild Show. The Charlotte Quilter's Guild seeks to provide charitable and educational opportunities for its members. A reception will be held on Nov. 21 from 5:30-7pm. Continues through Nov. 30. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.

Artists' Atelier Carolina Open Studios. By appointment. Ongoing exhibits feature paintings and mixed media by popular North Carolina Artists: Peggy Hutson Weston, Fay M. Miller, Carol Mueller, Betty G. Robinson; Photography by Waldo Miller; and sculptures by Greg Weston. Studios are open to the public, gallery owners, designers and art connoisseurs. Please call for an appointment. Mon.-Sun. 220 W. 10th St. 704-347-2781.

ArtMakers Gallery and Studios Current Works. Watercolors, oils and acrylics by Nancy Couick and Kelley Sanford. Tue.-Sat. 515 Fenton Pl. 704-916-0140.

Blue Pony Gallery & Press A Journey. New monotypes by Mary Lou Sussman. Also paintings and mixed media work by Jan Kinslowe, Liisa Salosaari Jasinski, Bruce Shores and Linda Vista. NoDa Gallery Crawls 1st and 3rd Fridays from 6-9pm. Continues through Nov. 30. 3202A N. Davidson St. 704-334-9390.

Center of the Earth Gallery Maggie Taylor: Looking Back. Taylor creates symbolic images using photography as well as computer generated imagery, often appropriating Victorian photographs. Continues through Dec. 28. 3204 N Davidson St. 704-375-5756.

Charlotte Public Library Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Charlotte. The exhibit features programs, cast photos and other memorabilia from three-quarters of a century of theatrical productions. Carolina Room, third floor. Continues through Jan. 5. Block Party: Original Art from "What Do Animals Do On The Weekend?". An exhibit of original artwork from NFP's first children's book by writer and illustrator, Lauren Faulkenberry. Carnegie Gallery, third floor. Continues through Jan. 5. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-2020.

Coffey & Thompson Gallery Latin American Contemporary Art Show. An exhibit of contemporary paintings and metal sculpture by Leandro Manzo, Barbara Rueda, Adriana Gomez, and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Continues through Nov. 30. 1423 E. 4th St. 704-375-7232.

CPCC Art Gallery Divergence: Two Approaches to Organic Form. Jill Allen and Mary Mason. Both artists question the notion, so common in Western culture, that art and use are mutually exclusive. However, their specific sources of imagery are quite different and they have chosen artistic genre that are often thought to be diametrically opposed. Continues through Dec. 8. P.O. Box 35009. 704-330-6480.

Crazy Jane's Local and National Artists. Works by Ellyn Bernstein, Charlotte Foust, Mike Watson and Rod Uriner. Acrylics, oils, mixed media, and glass art. Mon.-Sat. 1817 Hawkins Street. 704-332-5454.

Davidson College New Works by Jimmy O'Neal. O'Neal's exhibition, "Speculum," will be on display in the William Van Every Gallery. These metaphysical works are peripheral evidence of the worlds that lay beyond our conscious mind and perception. Continues through Dec. 4. New Paintings by Alex Clark. Clark's new series of paintings entitled Invisible Cities, are on display in the Edward M. Smith Gallery. Clark draws inspiration from obscure religious and art historical references. Continues through Nov. 20. Davidson. 704-892-8528.

Diane Overcash Studio New Paintings. Original oil and acrylic paintings by Diane Overcash. Mon.-Sun. 113 West First Street, Cannon Village, Kannapolis. 704-933-7917.

Elder Art Gallery Recent Paintings and Sculptures by Wayne Trapp. Oil paintings, drawings and sculptures. Continues through Nov. 30. 1427 S. Blvd. 704-370-6337.

Gallery L Feelin' Groovy: Rock n' Roll Graphics, 1966-70. This exhibit explores the vivid colors, obtuse lettering and imagery of rock n' roll posters, while tracing the development of the psychedelic style. Continues through Nov. 30. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-2020.

Gallery Tudiboo L'art pour L'art. A skateboard art show consisting of almost 100 skateboards painted and sculpted by almost 50 tattooists. Continues through Nov. 24. 1501 South Tryon St. 704-358-9008.

Gallery W.D.O. November Exhibit. Hoss Haley- Steel and Concrete Sculpture. Byron Temple- A Tribute to Fifty Years. After a series of debilitating strokes, Byron Temple passed away on April 14th at the age of 68. The November show is a tribute to and celebration of Byron's life and work. Continues through Nov. 30. Hearst Plaza Suite No. 1, 214 North Tryon St. 704-333-9123.

Gaston County Public Library Miniature Art Show. Original miniature competition art exhibition featuring artwork by regional artists, presented by the Gaston County Art Guild. For more information on this and other current library exhibits, call Carol Reinhardt. Continues through Nov. 30. 1555 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. 704-868-2167.

Green Door Gallery Group Show. Ongoing exhibition of artwork by local and regional artists using various media. Mon.-Sat. November Exhibit. Local members of the Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association will present a small format collection of work. Also, "Tapestry by Tots," a collection of fabric art assemblages and hangings from local elementary art students will be displayed. Continues through Nov. 29. 221 West A St., Cannon Village, Kannapolis. 704-932-0099.

Hidell Brooks Gallery Tom Berg New Paintings. The gallery is pleased to announce their first solo exhibition for Tom Berg. Running currently with this exhibition will be a group show featuring new works by 11 gallery artists including Eric Aho, Arless Day, David Kroll and Phillip Geiger. Continues through Dec. 21. 1910 S. Blvd. Suite 130. 704-334-7302.

Hodges Taylor Gallery Raymond Chorneau and Tony Griffin. Two painters from North Carolina who enjoy the tactile sense of oil paint on the canvas, though the imagery of each artist stems from opposing points of view. Continues through Dec. 28. Portraits. An exhibition of photographs by Carolyn Demeritt. Continues through Nov. 30. 401 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3799.

Jeanne Rauch Gallery, Gaston College Chris Clamp- Oil Paintings. This exhibit will be dedicated in memoriam of Marc Copelan. Continues through Nov. 29. Rauch Science and Fine Arts Bldg., Dallas Campus, 201 Highway 321 South, Gastonia. 704-922-6215.

Jerald Melberg Gallery Wolf Kahn at Seventy-Five. In honor of the artist's 75th birthday, the gallery will feature a solo exhibition of both oil and pastel paintings by Wolf Kahn. Continues through Jan. 4. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-3000.

Joie Lassiter Gallery Fragments. Maja Godlewska. A one woman show, playing with abstraction and figurativism, spirituality and humanity. Tue.-Sat. Continues through Nov. 30. Shaun Cassidy- new works. Continues through Dec. 31. 318 E 9th. 704-373-1464.

The Light Factory Recycled Realities. John Willis. Still-life images found in bales of paper scraps create commentary on mass culture and communication. Members' Portfolio Gallery: Fast Food Dining Rooms, photographs by Ruth Dusseault. Records of utilitarian designs that go unnoticed in the urban fabric. Continues through Nov. 30. 809 W. Hill St. 704-333-9755.

McColl Center for Visual Art Clayworks Gallery Multiple Artists. Features handmade original and functional pottery by McColl Center faculty, affiliate artists and Clayworks members. Mon.-Sun. 301 E. 9th St. 704-332-5535.

Merrill-Jennings Galleries American Impressionism. The exhibit features contemporary interpretations of the style begun by French painters in the 1860's. As a special feature, works by Charles Parthesius will be exhibited. Continues through Nov. 27. 463 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-895-1213.

Microcosm Gallery Group Exhibition. European and American artists. On view artworks by Agnes Manganelli, Dariusz Orszulik, Irina Ilyina, John Haskins, Kulka, Daniel Sztyber and Stephen Thompson. Continues through January, 2003. 300 N. College St. #101. 704-641-4256.

Myersart Gallery Works by Local Artists. Featuring functional and decorative works in clay by more than 35 local artists. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,11 a.m.-5 p.m. & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. November. Mary Mason's realistically detailed clay fruits and vegetables. Continues through Nov. 30. 1510 Camden Road. 704-790-2529.

Noel Gallery Cedric Smith "Once Upon a Time". Smith celebrates color and the proportion of scale that children often use in emphasizing subjects. Continues through Dec. 29. Transamerica Square, 401 N. Tryon St. 704-343-0050.

Plantsylvania Garden Art. Items of art for the garden and pond by Rose Hawley. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1515 Camden Road. 704-334-5331.

Pope's Gallery Sheila Hamilton. Exhibiting lively oil paintings of still lifes as well as beach scenes including children and mother and child (Arboretum). Continues through Nov. 30. Denise Nelson. Featuring photo-realistic oil paintings of regional wildlife and mountain-scapes (Myers Park). Continues through Nov. 30. 8016-900 Providence Rd. and 1035 Providence Rd. 704-541-3199 or 704-342-1774.

Pottery Central Featured Works. Salt fired dinnerware by Andrew Linton, and new raku fired pottery by Karen Linton. Tue.-Sat. 3534 Central Ave. 704-537-4477.

Queen's Gallery & Art Center Expressions of Self, Expressions of Place. Paintings and assemblages by CPCC art students of Elizabeth Ross. Continues through Dec. 6. 1212 The Plaza. 704-372-2993.

Rock Hill Arts Council Rock Hill A to Z. The range of topics is broad- from Anderson Motor Company to Zip Code. This exhibit presents themes in Rock Hill history to illustrate all 26 letters of the alphabet. Continues through Dec. 31. 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

S. Lampke Fine Art and Design Collection of Works. featuring oils and pastels. Also showing oil floorcloths, painted "Cottage" furniture, and a collection of hand- knotted Persian Carpets. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1517 Camden Road, Studio #5. 704-362-1033.


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