American Guild of Organists Recitals sponsored by Guild. August 10: Kenneth Brown, Belmont Abbey, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd; August 17: Les Ackerman, Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1020 Providence Rd.; August 24: Robert McDermitt, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 101 Colville Rd. All at 8pm. Free. 704-333-9071.
Brightstar Music Festival Chamber Music Series featuring Johannes Quartet, Jeremy Denk, Chee-Yun, Soovin Kim, Sheryl Staples, Jennifer Sperry and more. www.brightstarfestival.org. Aug. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. $25. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
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 Michael Reed, Pat Duax, Eric I. Appearing live - August 6 & 7. Also Bob Nelson live Aug 8 & 9. 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 7: The Steeple, 9:30pm; Aug 16: Comedy Zone, 7, 9, 11pm; Aug 21: The Steeple, 9:30pm; Aug 29: The Visulite, time tbd. Call for reservations. $12. 704-372-7724.
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. 704-338-1533.
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. Hands-on-History for Kids: Stenciled Floorcloths. Stencil a traditional 1770 floorcloth for the Hands-on-History room. Learn the same technique used in Colonial times and create a design of your own to take home. Appropriate for elementary-aged children. No reservations needed. Sat., Aug. 9, 2-4 p.m. $1 with Museum admission (regular Museum admission: $3 children ages 6-12; $5 students & seniors; $6 adults). 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 Currents In Craft. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Sculptural Radiance: The Jewelry & Objects of Linda MacNeil. A fusion of glass and gold, featuring 25 works. August 16 - November 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. 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.
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 BareBones Poetry Project. SPAC will feature regional authors reading selections of their poetry, short stories and performance poetry. Third Tuesday of every month, 8 p.m. 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.