An Early Music Sampler Carolina Pro Musica opens its 27th Season with a performance of mostly baroque selections. A part of Charlotte Shout. Sat., Sept. 18, 8:15 p.m. $7.50-$15. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.
First Voices Concert The Charlotte Children's Choir's sneak preview of the their 19th performance season. Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Rd. www.charlottechildrenschoir.org. Sat., Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. 704-374-1892.
Irina Voro Voro has developed a "theater-recital" that combines classical piano performance with her own poetic narratives. Tue., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-4473.
Mostly Mozart Series Neighborhood concerts performed by The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. www.charlottesymphony.org. Sept. 17: Matthews United Methodist Church, Matthews; Sept. 18: Tillman Hall, Winthrop Rock Hill; Sept. 23: Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College. All at 8pm. $5-$15. 704-972-2000.
P. Unnikrishnan A Carnatic (south Indian classical) vocal performance with Shriram Kumar on Violin and K. V. Prasad on Mridangam. Presented by Classical Music Association of Charlotte. Sun., Sept. 19, 2 p.m. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-814-9355.
Bayou Kitchen Comedy. Extreme Improv, Charlotte's only professional improv comedy troupe, Fri and Sat, 8pm (866-467-7681); Psychotic Pooch performs bizarre sketch comedy, Fri and Sat, 10pm (704-502-8423). www.extremeimprov.com www.psychoticpooch.com. $10. 1958 E 7th St. 704-332-2256.
The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances. Sept. 15-18: John Joseph, Johnny B and Ed Fox; Sept. 22-25: Grandma Lee, Joe West and Alan King. www.comedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.
Tyber Creek Pub The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. "Whose Line" type short form improv. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fridays, 8pm. $5. 1933 S. Blvd. 704-301-1564.
Charlotte Museum of History Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Sept. 9-Jan. 2. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Through Sept. 30. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.
Discovery Place Communication Exhibit. Follow electronic messages around the world, see your voice, and get a glimpse at the next generation of the information age. Sept. 9-Jan. 10. Omnimax. Omnimax is closed for renovations through mid-November. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.
Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Focus on Justice: Carolina Photographers and the Civil Rights Movement. Through Oct. 17. Living Traditions. Folk Arts of the American South. Sept. 10-Jan. 9. Native Americans in the Carolinas Celebration. Activities, learning, and exhibits. Sat., Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We're Still Here: Native Americans in the Southeast. Sept. 10-Jan. 9. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.
Mint Museum of Art Delhom Service League Meeting. Cynthia Bringle will be speaking on how what we produce today will become the antiques of the future. Tue., Sept. 21. Guild of Charlotte Artists. Meeting with slide Demo by Brad Thomas Dir. Art Gallery at Davidson College. Guests welcome. Wed., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Sept. 18-Feb. 20. Revelation: A Fresh Look at Contemporary Collections. Sept. 9-19. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Sept. 9-Jan. 30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Sept. 9-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Wine Olympics : Hurdles of Style and Balance, New World / Old World Styles, Historical, Geographical Perspective, Meritage / Proprietary, Structural Differences and Similarities. Sept. 14, 6:30-8pm. $30. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.
Museum of York County Eewww, Yuck!. Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through Summer 2005. Vernon Grant. An exhibit of Grant's work, Storybook Village. Through Oct. 24. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.
Schiele Museum, Gastonia Within These Hills. A photographic exhibition. Sept. 9-Oct. 3. 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.
Readings & Signings
Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Stephanie Winston. Author will discuss and sign Organized For Success. Wed., Sept. 15, 7-8 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.
Barnes & Noble, Huntersville Elaine Corvidae. Local fantasy author will sign and discuss her books. Fri., Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8725 Townley Rd., Huntersville. 704-895-8863.
Borders, Morrocroft Jaytoe Anthony Tukan. Author will read and sign his children's book Kitty Cat Had A Dream: In The Kingdom Of Animals. Sat., Sept. 18, 6 p.m. 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.
Borders, Stonecrest Jaytoe Anthony Tukan. Author will read and sign his children's book Kitty Cat Had A Dream: In The Kingdom Of Animals. Sat., Sept. 18, 3 p.m. Donald Haack. Author will discuss and sign Bush-Pilot In Diamond Country. Sun., Sept. 19, 2 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.
Gaston County Public Library Daniel Wallace. Novelist will discuss and sign his books. Sat., Sept. 18, 2 p.m. 1555 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. 704-868-2167.
The Evening Muse WordPhoria. Spoken Word Poetry & Semi-Open-Mic. Wed., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. $5. 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737.
Spirit Square SlamCharlotte. Spoken word artists in the Carolinas competing to become members of next year's national slam team. Thu., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $5. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
A.D. The story of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Performed live outdoors. www.narroway.net. Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $13-15. King's Arena, Fort Mill, 2175 Gethsemane Ct., Fort Mill. 803-802-2300.
Over the River and Through the Woods A comedy about change, individual choices, and the invisible ties that bind us to those we love. Presented by Charlotte Rep. Sept. 17-Oct.3, Wed-Thur, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun 2pm. $31.50-$37.50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Pageant Depicts the trials and tribulations of six regional beauty contestants. www.offtryon.net. Sept. 16-18, 22-25, Sept 30- Oct. 2. $12-$15. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.
Take Me Out An ode to baseball and the story of a popular baseball player. Contains adult content & partial nudity. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Sept. 15-Oct. 2, Wed/Thurs at 7:30pm; Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2:30pm. $17-$23. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.
Vanities One of the longest running off-Broadway plays in American history, depicts the loss of innocence and coming of age in America. Sept. 22-25, 8p.m. $5-$10. Johnson Theatre, Winthrop. 803-323-2287.
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown The Peanuts gang is back in a newly revised version of this family favorite musical. Presented by CPCC Theatre. Sept. 17-18, 24-25, 8pm; Sept. 26, 2:30pm. $12. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.
Cabaret A visual metaphor for the depraved and dangerous place of Berlin as the Nazis are beginning to come to power. Sept.9-26, Thurs., Fri., Sat., 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. $17-$22. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-334-9128.
The Faculty Room A drama depicting a school where violence is the norm, weapons are commonplace and teachers are lost burned out souls. Sept. 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 at 8pm. $12-$15. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 1118 Clement Ave. 705-455-8542.
Grease! A nostalgic trip back to the 50's with the Pink Ladies and the Burger Palace Boys at Rydell High. www.matthewsplayhouse.com. Sept. 10-11, Sept. 15-18, 8pm; Sept 12 & 19, 2pm; Sept. 14, 7:30pm. $15. Theatre Matthews, 100 McDowell St, Matthews. 704-846-8343.
The King and I Featuring Sandy Duncan. Sept. 14-19, Tues./Wed./Thurs., 8p.m.; Fri., 8:15p.m.; Sat., 2p.m., 8:15p.m.; Sun., 2p.m., 7:30p.m. $23-$64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Psycho Beach Party A spoof of 60s beach movies. www.barebones.org. Sept. 9-26, Thurs-Sat 8pm; Sun 3pm. $12-$15. Southend Performing Arts Center, 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.
Visual Arts: Openings
Cosmos Cafe See the Light. An exhibit of paintings by Violeta Moreno. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 7:30-9:30pm. Through Oct. 15. 300 N. College St., Suite 101. 704-372-3553.
Dig Dug's Pop Art Emporium Brian Taylor. Pop art paintings and purses. Also new and used music, antique furniture. Sat., Sept. 18, 7-11 p.m. 917 Pecan Ave. 704-358-4880.
Foust Studio Silhouette. Figurative and abstract paintings by Charlotte Foust. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 6-8:30pm. Through October. 5200 Park Rd., Suite 115. 704-525-7989.
Hart-Witzen Gallery The Human Form. An exhibition of figurative works. Fri., Sept. 17. 136 E. 36 St. 704-334-1177.
Lesbian & Gay Community Center John Zerbarini. An exhibit of paintings. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 6-8pm. Through September. 1401 Central Ave. 704-333-0144.
The Light Factory Portraits of Perseverance. Featuring nationally-acclaimed photographer Bryon Baldwin and local student photographers. Celebrates Jacob's Ladder Job Center with photos of volunteers and clients. Donations accepted. Sat., Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-905-6771.
Visual Arts: Ongoing
Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Alex Radin. An exhibit of illustrations. Through September. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.
Art Preserve Jim Nilsen Photographs. Through October. 3200 A North Davidson. 704-358-8882.
Bank of America Gallery Decades. Art from the Collection of Bank of America 1940-1990. Through October. Hearst Tower, 114 N. Tryon St. 704-386-7324.
Bank of America Plaza Surface Matters. Artists from the Southeast explore surface and materials challenging the viewer to look deeper and stretch their awareness, using newspaper, steel, concrete, monofilament, fiber, acrylics and oil. Curated by Joie Lassiter Gallery. Also at First Citizens, 128 S. Tryon. Through Nov 15. 101 South Tryon Street. 704-373-1464.
Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College Jim Dine Prints: 1985-2002. Forty-six lithographs will be on display by one of America's greatest printmakers. Through Oct. 7. 704-894-2519.
Blue Pony Gallery & Press Sherry Beatty. Exhibit of new paintings. Through Oct. 16. 3202A N. Davidson St. 704-334-9390.
Breathe Art Space Susan Harbage Page. "Women Waiting" features digital prints of found photographs with rust on paper. Through Oct. 22. 228 Caldwell Lane, Suite B, Davidson. 704-896-1799.
Center of the Earth Gallery Page H. Laughlin: The Interiors Series. Through Oct. 31. 3204 N Davidson St. 704-375-5756.
Christa Faut Gallery Elizabeth Bradford. Dreams And Metaphor, solo exhibition of paintings. Through Oct. 5. 19818 N. Cove Rd., Cornelius. 704-892-5312.
Clay on Camden Celena H. Christos. Clay works. Through September. 1510 Camden Rd. 704-790-2326.
Cone Center Gallery, UNCC Maja Godlewska. Paintings 2000-2004. Sept. 9-Oct. 2. 704-687-3315.
CPCC Art Gallery New Work. Artwork by Peggy Rivers. Sept. 9-Oct. 1. Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6480.
Cuvee Wine & Art Gallery Cher Glisson Cosper. Meet Artist: Sept. 17, 6-9pm. Through Oct. 2. 710 West Trade St. 704-332-5548.
Dalton Gallery Do What You Want To Do. Invitational Gallery Exhibition and Silent Auction. Sept. 9-23. Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.
ElderArt Gallery Romantic Impressions by Tom Perkinson. Paintings centered around urban landscapes. Through Oct. 30. 1427 S. Blvd. 704-370-6337.
Gallery 620 Rusk Masterton and Frank Haas. Through September. 620 W. Morehead St. 704-618-9966.
The Gallery at Carillon Paris/Charlotte. Photos by Mitchell Kearney showing the visual, tactile and pedestrian qualities of two cities. Through Oct. 16. 227 W. Trade St. 704-334-8840.
Gallery L, Main Library Lunch Box Memories. A rare collection of 75 metal lunch boxes. Sept. 9-26. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-2020.
Gaston County Public Library Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. A nationally touring exhibit. Through Oct. 15. 1555 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. 704-868-2167.
Hidell Brooks Gallery Sherrie Wolf. New still life paintings by Portland, Oregon artist. Through Oct. 30. 1910 S. Blvd. Suite 130. 704-334-7302.
Hodges Taylor Gallery Gather 'Round the Table. Featuring 50 Penland artists. A portion of sales go to the Preserve Penland Campaign. Sept. 10-Oct. 30. Peter Milton: Recent Prints. Sept. 10-Oct. 30. 401 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3799.
Icehouse Center Gallery, Davidson Icehouse Center Instructors. A group exhibition of ceramics, wood, painting, drawing, baskets and more. Through Sept. Susan Webb Lee: Artistic Quilts. Sept. 10-30. 432 S. Main St. 704-892-7323.
Jerald Melberg Gallery Ida Kohlmeyer and Robert Peterson Exhibitions. Paintings, sculpture, prints and pastel still lifes. Sept. 11-Oct. 16. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 704-365-3000.
Joie Lassiter Gallery Maja Godlewska. Rich hues and textures make her linen paintings show inspirations of Rococo artists in her Templates exhibition. Sept. 10-Oct. 3. 525 North Tryon Street, Suite 140. 704-373-1464.
The Light Factory Henry Horenstein: Honky Tonk & Allen Hess-The Rivers Green. Sept. 10-Oct. 21. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755.
McColl Center for Visual Art Fall 2004 Artists-in-Residence. Through Nov. 22. Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists. 60 visually and conceptually diverse works in a range of mediums. Opening Reception: Sept. 17, 6-8pm. Sept. 9-Nov. 6. 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535.
Merrill-Jennings Galleries Southern Folk Art and Fantasy Art. 463 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-895-1213.
Middleton-McMillan Gallery, Spirit Square My Place, My Choice, My Ride, My Story. An exhibition of the South Corridor Light Rail Project Public Art Proposals. Through Oct. 23. 345 N. College St.
Modern Eye Gallery Introductions. Group exhibit featuring paintings and photography. Also mid-century furniture by Modernica. Through Oct. 22. 1923-A South Blvd. 704-333-3190.
Pottery Central Pottery Central Gallery. Functional, sculptural and decorative pottery by local potters. Friday & Saturday 10-5 or call for appointment. 3534 Central Ave. 704-537-4477.
Rauch Gallery, Gaston College Dr. Andrew Jay Svedlow. An exhibition of painter and printmaker. Through Oct. 1. 201 Highway 321 South, Rauch Science and Fine Arts Bldg., Dallas. 704-922-6245.
Rowe Arts Galleries, UNCC Craig Potton. An exhibit of photographs. Through Oct. 2. Rowe Arts Building, 9201 University Blvd.
Rutledge Gallery, Winthrop Building Modernism. Two exhibitions that explore modernist themes through the printmaking medium. Sept. 13-Oct. 27. 1898 Alumni Dr. 803-323-2493.
Shain Gallery Timeless Passage. New works by Henry Barnes. Sept. 10-30. 601 Providence Rd. 704-334-7744.
Stretch Gallery N Studios Jenny Kimball. Through October. Sabrina Fadial. New & retrospective works. Through Sept. 30. 10726 Pineville Rd, Pineville. 704-552-5678.
Synergy Studios, Shelby Places and Faces. Acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and collage by Susan Carlisle Bell. Sept. 9-Oct. 14. 212-B W. Warren St. 704-487-0144.
W.D.O. Good Honest Work. A tribute to Penland School of Crafts. Sept. 9-Oct. 9. Hearst Plaza Suite No. 1, 214 North Tryon St. 704-333-9123.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center The North Carolina Connection. Featuring Jim Moon, Sergei Andreevski and five additional Macedonian artists. Sept. 9-Nov. 6. Moon, Cat, Dog. Work by Emily Weinstein. Sept. 9-Oct. 30. 123 East Liberty St., Salisbury. 704-636-1882.
Winthrop University Galleries Building Modernism with Prints. People, places, passions 1750-1950. From the Mint Museum's Permanent Collection. Sept. 13-Oct. 27. Etched in Memory. Highlights the "Points of Departure" series, by Peter Milton. Sept. 13-Oct. 27. 107 McLaurin, Rock Hill. 803-323-2493.