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Classical Music

Charlotte Civic Orchestra The orchestra's new music director will lead a performance of music from his native Republic of Georgia. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. Sat., March 6, 5:30 p.m. Concert $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. 704-344-0098.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Comedy. Extreme Improv at 8pm; Psychotic Pooch at 10pm. Fridays and Saturdays. www.extremeimprov.comwww.psychoticpooch.com. $10. 1958 E 7th St. 704-502-8423.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Feb. 26-29: Ralphie May & Lanna Turner; March 3-6: Brian Bradley & Johnny Milwater; March 10-13: Scotty K & Julie Scoggins. www.thecomedyzone.net. Sean and Quay. Sean and Quay, members of "The Perch Comedy Theater" are performing a 2-man sketch comedy show. Rated R for verbal content. Sat., March 6, 11 p.m. $12. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Dance

A Midsummer Night's Dream Three works by Balanchine, staged by North Carolina Dance Theatre, With The Charlotte Symphony and the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. www.ncdance.org. March 4 at 7:30pm; March 5-6 at 8pm. $10-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Charlotte Museum of History. Volunteers sought to help bring Piedmont's early history to life. Training is held at the Museum and Homesite. Call for appointment. The Faces of Our State. Through June 2004. Powerful Persuaders: World War II Posters. Guns, tanks, and bombs may have been the chief weapons of World War II, but there were other forms of warfare. Propaganda posters waged an ongoing campaign for the hearts and minds of the American people. Through Sept. 1. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Continues through Sept. 30, 2004. Where Eagles Soar. This collaborative exhibit with the Carolina Raptor Center compares and contrasts eagles in their natural habitats with their symbolic and historical importance. Through Apr. 4. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Machine Shop. Get a lift from the pulley, spin wheels, gears and learn about inclined planes and more. Daily. Omnimax. Now showing: Space Station, Top Speed, and Journey Into Amazing Caves. Call or visit website for times, www.discoveryplace.org. A T. Rex Named Sue. A fully articulated cast of a T-Rex fossil will be on display. Opens Feb. 21. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Courage: The Carolina Story That Changed America. The 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education (the Supreme Court declared racially segregated public schools unconstitutional), initiated massive change in race relations across the country. Feb. 28-Aug. 15. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Artful Dining. A celebration of foods through the history of art. Mar. 9, 16 & 23, 7:30-9pm. $10-15. 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. Margaret Bourke-White. The photography of design, 1927-1936. Feb. 28-May 2. Through the Eye of the Camera. 19th and 20th century photography. Feb. 28-May 2. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. Mar. 15: Heffernan will discuss her paintings at 3pm. March 6-Sept. 5. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions from the Kamm Collection. An exhibit examining the chameleon-like form of the teapot and how it has become an inventive vehicle for artistic expression in the 20th century. January 31-May 30, 2004. Spectrum: The Sculpture of Jon Kuhn. Works in blown glass. Through Mar. 21, 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 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. Student Art Competition and Exhibition. 23rd Annual exhibit. March 9-April 11. Vernon Grant. An exhibit of Grant's work, Storybook Village. Jan. 31-Oct. 31. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Spoken Word

Tea Rex Teahouse Poetry Open Mic. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Fri., March 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. www.thesoulmovement.com. Sundays. $5 before 9:30pm. 1427 E. 4th St. 704-580-7187.

Theater: Openings

Art An art lover purchases a totally white painting for an astronomically large sum of money. Presented by Davidson Community Players in C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Knobloch Campus Center. March 4-6, 8pm. $15, $13 seniors/students; Mar. 5 $35 (includes dinner at 6:30). Davidson College. 704-892-7953.

The Cemetery Club The comedy follows three widows who meet once a month to have tea before visiting their late husbands' graves. Mar. 4-6, 11-13 at 8pm; Mar. 7 at 2:30pm. $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 years. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street, NW, Concord. 704-788-2405.

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