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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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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.


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