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Classical Music

American Guild of Organists Recitals sponsored by Guild. August 3: Patrick Pope, Davidson United Methodist Church, 233 S. Main St. All at 8pm. Free. 704-333-9071.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Live improvised comedy created from your suggestions. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for more information. Call for reservations. Saturdays, 8 p.m. $5. 1958 E 7th St. 1-866-467-7681.

Central Ave Playhouse Psychotic Pooch. Live Sketch Comedy and improv. Material is NC-17, seating is limited. Call for reservations. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. $10. 1118 Clement Ave. 704-502-8423.

The Comedy Zone Scottie K, Roy Wood Jr. Appearing live - July 30-Aug 2. Showtimes: Wed. & Thurs. 8:00pm, Fri. & Sat. 8:00pm & 10:15pm.Sunday: 9:00pm. 516 N. College St., Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre Smokin' Bear Tour Featuring Talking Baby. Presented by The Perch at various venues while a new location is scouted. Shows are rated "R" for verbal content. Aug 2: Comedy Zone, 11pm; Aug 7: The Steeple, 9:30pm; Aug 16: Comedy Zone, 11pm; Aug 21: The Steeple, 9:30pm; Aug 29: The Visulite, time tbd. Call for reservations. $12. 704-372-7724.

Dance

Before I Fall New and used works by Martha Connerton and presented by Kinetic Works. August 7,8,9 at 8pm. $15. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Get Kinetic! Watch open rehearsals of works in progress for Kinetic Works SummerDance concerts. Call for details and reservations. August 2, 12:30-2pm. Studio C, 2nd floor. $5. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-338-1533.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite A celebration of James B. "Buck" Duke. D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV's "North Carolina Bookwatch," previews his interview with Professor Robert F. Durden, author of Bold Entrepreneur: A Life of James B. Duke. Refreshements at 6:30pm, program begins at 7pm, followed by book signing with Dr. Durden. Wed., Aug. 6. The Faces of Our State. Photographic exhibit showcasing 70 years of North Carolina people as seen in Our State: North Carolina magazine. Through June 2004. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Continues through Sept. 30, 2004. Regular Museum admission. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Gaston County Museum of Art & History Carolinas Textile Exhibit- The Ties That Bind. Tue.-Sun. 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-852-6025.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. New South, Old South, Somewhere in Between. Continues through Aug. 7. Pen and Ink Politics: Thomas Nast's Reconstruction-era Cartoons and African American Equality. Continues through Sept. 29. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art All Aglow. An exhibition featuring 300 years of candlesticks on display. Through February 15, 2004. Burlon Craig and His Legacy. Continues through Oct. 19. Fashions of the Crinoline Era: 1840-1865. Eight mid 19th century crinoline fashions, featuring wide hoop skirts, from the museum's costume collection are currently on display. Through May 2004. Passing. Selected artists from the 2002 Juried exhibition Celebrating the Legacy of Romare Bearden are invited for in-depth presentation of their work. Through September 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective. Ceramics, photography, 3-D computer-generated artwork & sculpture. Continues through Aug. 3. Currents In Craft. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Re:Placing the City - Urban Memory and Change in Charlotte. Charlotte's history and the changing needs of a growing city will be the focus of discussion at this free program. Thu., July 31, 6 p.m. 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. Continues through Sept. 14, 2003. Illustrator Vernon Grant: A Century of American Whimsy. Continues through Oct. 5, 2003. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

North Carolina Museum of History Flashback to the 60s. Continues through Sept. 28, 2003. 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-715-0200.

Spoken Word

Mert's Heart and Soul Uptown Saturday Nite. Featuring the area's most talented singers, rappers, and poets. Sign up for the Open Mic Showcase. Details: www.motifentertainment.com. Every second and last Saturday of the month at 10pm-until. $7 cover. 214 N. College St. 704-593-0114.

Southend Performing Arts Center 1st Annual Got A Light? Poetry Grand Slam. 3 rounds of competition to reveal the best poet of the night, judged by 4 audience members chosen randomly, and one guest. Featuring guest musical artist, Rudy Currence. Artists, vendors and poets will be selling and showing their work in the parking lot. Books, CDs, etc., for sale. Sat., Aug. 2, 6 p.m. $5 at the door. 201 Rampart St. 704-578-3570.

Tea Rex Teahouse Jonathan Rice. Poetry open mic night. Fri., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. 2102 South Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Urban Ministry Center Community Open Mike. Artists from the homeless and greater community will play music, read poetry and show off artwork. First Friday of every month this summer, 5-8pm. 945 N. College St. 704-575-7716.

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