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Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Comedy. Extreme Improv performs every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, featuring audience interactive comedy; Psychotic Pooch performs bizarre sketch comedy at 10pm (704-502-8423). www.extremeimprov.com www.psychoticpooch.com. $10. 1958 E 7th St. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances. Aug. 13-14: Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham & Peanut; Aug. 18-21: Joe Morrison & Roger Keiss. 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.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Aug. 5-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 Mix & Max: Omnimax after hours. The program is aimed at anyone looking for something different. Live music, Omnimax films, food and cash bar. Third Friday of every month. $10 members $12 non-members. 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 Archaeological Institue of America. The Central Carolinas Chapter will offer a Behind the Scenes Tour. For everyone interested in archaeology, history, preservation and the Mint Museum. Thu., Aug. 12, 7 p.m. 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. Aug. 5-Sept. 19. VantagePoint II. Julie Heffernan: Interior Transformations, featuring large scale paintings. Aug. 5-Sept. 5. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design First in Families 2nd Annual Boundless Art Exhibit & Reception. An art exhibit of artists with developmental disablilites and their friends recognizing the unique gifts and talents of all people. Sat., Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m. A donation of $20 per person and $35 a couple is requested. The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Aug. 5-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. Aug. 5-15. 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 Dorothea Benton Frank. Author will sign and discuss Shem Creek. Fri., Aug. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Borders, Morrocroft Dina Sieroslawski. Author will discuss and sign Stop This Hurricane in My Brain, a book about survival for people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Sat., Aug. 14, 11 a.m. Trip Park. Meet illustrator of Trout, Trout, Trout!. Sun., Aug. 15, 3 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Borders, Stonecrest Dina Sieroslawski. Author will discuss and sign Stop This Hurricane in My Brain, a book about survival for people who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Sat., Aug. 14, 3 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.

Historic Latta Plantation Tony Zeiss and Kathy Herran. Local authors will discuss and sign copies of their popular histories of Charlotte natives and others during the Civil War. Sat., Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville. 704-875-2312.

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 Mark Washburn and Gerry Broome. Authors will discuss With Today's Soldiers - a photo-journal. Tue., Aug. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-6217.

Park Road Books Dorothea Benton Frank. Author will read and sign Shem Creek. Wed., Aug. 25, 1 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.

West Boulevard Branch Library Peter Reinhart. Author will discuss and sign American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza. Wed., Aug. 18, 6 p.m. 2157 West Blvd. 704-336-6802.

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