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Classical Music

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir A concert event entitled Retrospection: African-American Sacred Songs. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Rd. Sat., July 24, 7 p.m. Free. 704-392-0392.

Jukka and Mikko Merjanen A performance by violin-piano duo from Finland. Tue., July 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-337-2270.

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 ($5) and Saturdays ($10). www.extremeimprov.com www.psychoticpooch.com. 1958 E 7th St. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances. July 23-24: Dave Chapelle All Stars; July 30-31: Gary Valentine & Mark Evans. www.comedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Tyber Creek Pub The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fridays, 8pm. $5. 1933 S. Blvd. 704-301-1564.

Dance

Summerreach Open Rehearsals Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works invites the public to watch rehearsals of works in progress for SummerDance 2004 concerts. Saturdays, 12:30-2pm. $5. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-338-1533.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. July 15-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. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place 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 Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Revelation: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Collections. July 15-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. July 15-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. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. July 16-Jan. 30. 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. July 15-Aug. 15. Summer Movies for Children. Awesome Animals. July 13-14: Finding Nemo; July 20-21: 101 Dalmatians. 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 Heavens Above: Photographs of the Universe from the Hubble Space Telescope. Through Aug. 1. 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Borders, Morrocroft Yasmin Shiraz. Author will discuss and sign The Blueprint for My Girls. Thu., July 22, 6:30 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Park Road Books Jonathan Farlow. Author will read and sign Holy War. Sat., July 24, 1 p.m. Joan Medlicott. Author will read and sign At Home in Covington. Wed., Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Spoken Word

Mama's Caribbean Grill Uptown Saturday Nite. Featuring singers, rappers, and poets. Sign up for the Open Mic Showcase. Details: www.freewebs.com/motifentertainment. Every second and last Saturday of the month at 10pm-until. $7 cover. 1504 Central Ave. 704-375-8414.

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

Arsenic and Old Lace Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy presented by Piedmont Players Theatre. July 29-31 & August 4-7, 7:30pm; August 1, 2:30pm. $9-$15. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury. 704-633-5471.

Cinderella Summer musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. July 22-August 8, Thu-Sat (8pm), Sun (2:30pm). $10-$15. Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring Street, NW, Concord. 704-788-2405.

The Deliverer Willing to lose his life for his religion, Barabbas finds himself fighting the God he defends. July 23-24, 8pm. $5-$15. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill.

The Friar and the Nurse Romeo's Friar and Juliet's Nurse find secret passion and learn that romance isn't only for the young. Presented by Epic Arts Repertory Theatre. Jul. 22-24, 8pm; Jul. 25, 2pm. $19.99. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Mamma Mia! The story-telling magic of ABBA's songs propels this tale of love, laughter and friendship. Jul. 27-29, 8pm; Jul. 30, 8:15pm; Jul. 31, 2pm & 8:15pm; Aug. 1, 2pm & 7:30pm. $22-$67. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

MISSION: Possible! A hilarious story with favorite spies of the screen, presented by The Young Yorkville Players. www.yorkvilleplayers.com. July 23-24, 8pm; July 25, 3pm; July 30-31, 8pm; August 1, 3pm. $5. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-628-5025.

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