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Classical Music

Combined Choirs and Symphonic Wind Ensemble Tue., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Free. University City United Methodist Church, 6100 W. Sugar Creek Road.

ProvidenceChamber Music Series Providence United Methodist Church, corner of Providence Rd & Sharon Amity. Sun., Dec. 7, 5 p.m. Free. 704-333-9536.

Rejoice Presented by N. Mecklenburg Community Chorus. Dec. 1, 7:30pm, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. Dec. 8, 7:30pm, First Baptist Church, 121 N. Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville. Free. 704-947-0438.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Live improvised comedy created from your suggestions. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for more information. Call for reservations. Fridays: Long Form Fridays, scenes and monologues from a single audience suggestion, $5; Saturdays: improv comedy with audience suggestions, Rated R, $10. 8pm both nights. 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.

Dance

12 Months of Community Dance Chris Thompson & The Cultural Ensemble present a celebration concert featuring liturgical, lyrical, tap, jazz, African and hip hop dance along with spoken word and vocal elements. E.E. Waddell High School, 7030 Nations Ford Rd. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 for children (under 12) & seniors. 704-890-0970.

Museums

Discovery Place Machine Shop. Get a lift from the pulley, spin wheels, gears and learn about inclined planes and more. www.discoveryplace.org. Omnimax. Now showing: Space Station, Top Speed, and Journey Into Amazing Caves. Call or visit website for times, www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Focus on Justice: Carolina Photographers and the Carolina Piedmont. Exhibit featuring photographs documenting the regional Civil Rights movement as seen through the eyes of Carolina photographers. Nov. 26-Jan. 29. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art All Aglow. Through February 15, 2004. The Art of Romare Bearden. The museum will put on display its 19 remaining works by Charlotte native. Through Jan. 4. Fashions of the Crinoline Era: 1840-1865. Vantage Point 1. Julie Moos: Friends and Enemies, featuring portraits of couples who are either best friends or worst enemies and places them against a non-descript background. Exhibit runs through Dec. 7. Raphael to Monet. Features 58 masterpieces from one of the nation's most celebrated collections of European art from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Exhibit runs through Jan. 11. Spectrum: The Sclulpture of Jon Kuhn. Works in blown glass. On exhibit through March 21, 2004. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design American Quilt Classics 1800 - 1980: The Charles and Fleur Bresler Collection. Through Jan. 4, 2004. 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 Eye to Eye: Photography by Kim Wolhuter. Through Dec. 14. Piecing a Quilt of Life: World Connections. Features contemporary art quilts made by 23 women with stories to tell. Exhibit runs through Apr. 25, 2004. Vernon Grant Santas. Showcase of witty and colorful holiday imagery. Nov. 26-Jan. 4. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Spoken Word

Afro-American Cultural Center Queen City Soul Slam. Monthly Slam where poets compete to be Charlotte's first Slam Team. Winners will compete at the National Poetry Slam. Wed., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. $5 poets, $3 general public. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Jackson's Java Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Thu., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. 8544 University City Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Mert's Heart and Soul Uptown Saturday Nite. Featuring 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. 704-342-4222.

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.

Tea Rex Teahouse Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. 2102 South Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Tonic The Soul Movement. An underground nite for Spoken Word/Poetry, Soul Classics, Neo-Soul, Deep/Soulful House, Urban Grooves & Underground Hip-Hop. thesoulmovement@mindspring.com. $5 before 9:30pm. 1427 E. 4th St. 704-580-7187.

Theater: Openings

9 By 9 At 9:49 Theatre Charlotte's innovative production featuring plays written by Playwrights in Progress. Featuring nine, nine minute plays. Dec. 5, 9:49 p.m.; Dec. 6, 9:49 p.m. $9. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-376-3777.

Actors Scene Unseen A series of live Internet broadcast plays featuring area playwrights, actors and directors. www.actorssceneunseen.com. Every other Friday, 8:30 p.m. Johnston Room, Hilton, 222 East Third St.

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