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Classical Music

Music Under the Stars An evening of music with The Charlotte Symphony and Broadway star Keith Buterbaugh. Symphony Park at Southpark. www.charlottesymphony.org. June 26: Park opens 6:30pm for picnicking, concert at 8:15pm. $15. 704-972-2000.

Summer Lollipops Outdoor concerts at Symphony Park at SouthPark designed for children and their families. www.charlottesymphony.org. Fri., June 25, 8:15 p.m. $5-$10. 704-972-2000.

Summer Pops Charlotte Symphony performances at SouthPark, different program each week. www.charlottesymphony.org. June 6-27, Sundays, 8:15pm. Free. 704-972-2000.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Comedy. Extreme Improv: Fridays 8pm - Chicago Style long form improv "The Gallery"; Saturdays 8pm - "Who's Line Is it?" style improv; Psychotic Pooch at 10pm. Fridays and Saturdays. www.extremeimprov.comwww.psychoticpooch.com. $10. 1958 E 7th St. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. June 23-26: Charlie Viracola & Azeem; June 30-July 3: Lawrence Thomas & D.T. Owens. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre New Location. Sketch comedy club/theater. www.theperch.com. 1111-P Hawthorne Ln. 704-372-7724.

Tyber Creek Pub The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fridays, 8pm. Free. 1933 S. Blvd. 704-301-1564.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History The Faces of Our State. Through June. Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. June 26-Jan. 2. Powerful Persuaders: World War II Posters. An exhibit of propaganda posters. Through Sept. 1. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Through Sept. 30. The Summer Heritage Craft Series. Topic: Spinning. A session on the process of spinning wool and continue with other techniques, reservations required. Sat., June 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $25-$35. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place 3-A-Day of Dairy. The program is designed to teach the importance of getting 3-A-Day of Dairy for strong bones and better bodies, with activities for kids. Sat., June 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Omnimax. Now showing: Ocean Oasis, NASCAR: The IMAX Experience, T. rex: Back to the Cretaceous, and Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance. Call or visit website for times. 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. Brown vs. Board of Education exhibit. Through Aug. 15. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Revelation: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Collections. June 17-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. June 17-Sept. 5. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Art of Gold. Exhibit presents 80 contemporary gold objects. Apr. 3-Aug. 8. 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 Eewww, YUCK! Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through mid August. Rock Hill From A to Z. June 17-Aug. 15. Summer Movies for Children. This year's theme: Awesome Animals. June 15-16: A Bug's Life; June 22-23: The Fox and the Hound: June 29-30: Brother Bear. Tues. & Wed. at 11am & 2pm. Vernon Grant. An exhibit of Grant's work, Storybook Village. Through Oct. 31. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Schiele Museum, Gastonia 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Fred Chappell. Come meet the Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Author will sign and discuss his recent works. Wed., June 23, 7 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Borders, Morrocroft Mary Potter Engel. Author will discuss and sign Strangers And Sojourners. Sun., June 27, 2 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Newsstand International Chris Leak. Former Independence High Football star/current Florida QB Chris Leak will sign magazine covers for fans. Sat., June 26, 1-2:30 p.m. 5622-128 E. Independence Blvd. 704-531-0199.

Park Road Books Jennifer Patrick. Author will read and sign The Night She Died. Wed., June 23, 7 p.m. Christa Blum Mercer. Author will read and sign German War Child - Growing Up in World War II. Thu., June 24, 7 p.m. Lynne Hinton. Author will read and sign The Last Odd Day. Sat., June 26, 1 p.m. Dawson Perkins. Author will read and sign The Team. Sun., June 27, 1 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Spirit Square Glenda Horton Manning. Book release of Cook'n To Keep Him. Music by Jazztrack featuring Celine Berman. Wed., June 23, 6-8 p.m. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

West Boulevard Branch Library Design First. UNC-Charlotte Architecture Professor David Walters and his wife Linda Brown, an artist, will discuss their new book, Design First. Wed., June 30, 7 p.m. 2157 West Blvd. 704-353-0959.

Spoken Word

Afro-American Cultural Center Carolina Slam Tour. An evening of poetry slam and film about poets. The film My Soul Speaks will be shown at 6pm followed by the slam. Wed., June 23, 9 p.m. $5-$7. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

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