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Classical Music

Timothy Quay Smith An organ recital on a new pipe organ. Sun., Aug. 8, 3 p.m. Free. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Fort Mill, 501 Pine St. 803-547-5968.

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. August 4-7: Russ Nagel, Tim Rowlands & Clint; August 13-14: Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham & Peanut. 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

Kinetic Works SummerDance 2004 Concert performances by Kinetic Works Dance Company, featuring a company of six professional dancers and three pre-professional student dancers. www. mckineticworks.org. Aug. 5; Aug. 6; Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $15-$18. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-338-1533.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. July 29-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 Docent Volunteers. Become a docent who leads tours and helps visitors understand art works. No art experience is needed. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Revelation: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Collections. July 29-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. July 29-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 29-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 29-Aug. 15. Vernon Grant. An exhibit of Grant's work, Storybook Village. Through Oct. 31. Volunteer Recruitment Coffee. For anyone interested in giving back to the community while having fun, meeting other like-minded people, and learning new things. Mon., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

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

Readings & Signings

Beatties Ford Road Library Donna L. Brazile. Author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring Pots in American Politics will share her personal account of 30 years in politics. Tue., Aug. 10, 7 p.m. 2412 Beatties Ford Rd. 704-432-6706.

Borders, Stonecrest Craig Renfroe, Jr. Author will discuss and sign You Should Get That Looked At. Sat., Aug. 7, 2 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.

Hickory Grove Library Linda Nielsen. Wake Forest University psychology professor and author will read from Embracing Your Father: How to Build the Relationship You Always Wanted with Your Dad. Thu., Aug. 12, 7 p.m. 7209 East W.T. Harris Blvd.

Homesley, Goodman & Wingo, Mooresville Steven Sherrill. Author will discuss and sign Visits from the Drowned Girl. David Childers will perform. Thu., Aug. 12, 7 p.m. 330 South Main St. 704-664-2162.

Main Library Frye Gaillard. Author will discuss books including The Dream Long Deferred about the landmark school desegregation case in Charlotte. Sun., Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-6217.

Park Road Books Joan Medlicott. Author will read and sign At Home in Covington. Wed., Aug. 4, 7 p.m. Dawn O'Brien. Author will discuss and sign North Carolina's Historic Restaurants and Their Recipes. Thu., Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Sugar Creek Library Cynthia Boyd. Author of In the Process will talk about her collection of poems and her journey through life. Sat., Aug. 14, 2 p.m. 4045 N. Tryon Street. 704-336-2469.

University City Regional Library Mindy Friddle. Author of The Garden Angel, will read and discuss her book. Wed., Aug. 11, 7 p.m. 704-595-9589.

Spoken Word

The Evening Muse My South Speaks. Spoken Word Contest : Semi-Finals II, presented by Turner South. Thu., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.

Jackson's Java Poetry Open Mic. Jonathan Rice will host. Thu., Aug. 12, 8 p.m. 8544 University City Blvd. 704-595-9526.

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