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CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts

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Classical Music
Brass Concert Chamber Music at St. Peter's presents a concert for the homeless. www.chambermusicatstpeters.org. Mon., Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. Urban Ministry Center, 945 N. College St. 704-335-0009.


Rockapella Comfort & Joy A blend of seasonal tunes as well as other favorites, without instruments. Dec. 15; Dec. 16, 8 p.m. $12.50-$25. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Comedy


The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Dec. 8-11: Frankie Paul. www.thecomedyzone.net. New Year's Eve. Scotty K, Keith Alberstadt with MC Scott Oseychek. Fri., Dec. 31. $40/couple (8pm); $80/couple (10:15pm). 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.


Dilworth Playhouse Cafe The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Whose Line, Second City, and Sketchprov style improv comedy. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Fri., Dec. 17, 9 p.m. Free. 1427 South Blvd., Suite 103. 704-301-1564.

Dance


Holiday 6/15 Moving Poets 5th annual festival of innovative performing arts. www.movingpoets.org. Dec. 8-19, Wed.-Sat., 8pm, Sun. 7pm. $15-$20. Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36 St. 704-527-6683.


A Journal of Dance Chris Thompson & The Cultural Ensemble present this program of various dance forms interwoven with monologues and singing. Dec. 17-18, 8 p.m. $12-$15. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Museums


Charlotte Museum of History Exhibits Alive: Alexander Homesite. Visit the Alexander house as it comes alive for the holiday season. Tour the house and learn about Scots-Irish holiday traditions, as well as open hearth cooking demonstrations and hands on activities for the children. Free with regular museum admission. Sat., Dec. 18, 2-4 p.m. Main Streets of Our State. A traveling photography exhibit. Dec. 9-Jan. 2. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Place in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. Dec. 9-May 25. Solving the Rock House Mysteries. Interactive exhibit examines clues revealed by photographs, oral histories, and archaeological discoveries. Dec. 9-31. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Dec. 9-March 25. 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. Dec. 9-Jan. 10. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari and Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.


Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Living Traditions. Folk Arts of the American South. Dec. 9-Jan. 9. Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes. Dec. 9-April 20. We're Still Here: Native Americans in the Southeast. Dec. 9-Jan. 9. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.


Mint Museum of Art Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures. An opportunity to see the work of America's foremost realist artist. Dec. 9-Jan. 9. North Carolina Pottery: A Restless Tradition. Dec. 9-Feb. 27. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Dec. 9-Feb. 20. VantagePoint III: Elizabeth Turk - The Collars. Dec. 9-31. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.


Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Dec. 9-Jan. 30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Dec. 9-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.


Museum of York County Eewww, Yuck!. Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through Summer 2005. Our Changing Landscapes: Early views of people and places in Carolina Piedmont. Dec. 9-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.


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

Spoken Word


Blumenthal Performing Arts Center SlamCharlotte. A poetry slam hosted by Terry Creech featuring several spoken word artists. Thu., Dec. 16, 8 p.m. $3-$5. 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.


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.

Theater: Openings


An Evening of Musical Theatre Theatre Matthews presents songs from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Grease, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Big River and others. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. $20. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews. 704-846-8343.

Theater: Ongoing


I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! Four actors portray over 60 characters in a musical about dating, mating, marriage and life. Presented by Charlotte Repertory Theatre, contains adult content. www.charlotterep.org. Dec.4-31, Wed.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $37.50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.


A Mad, Mad Madrigal! Performed by Arts Repertory Theatre, in rep with Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's Santaland Diaries. www.geocities.com/epic_arts_rep. Dec. 17-22, Fri/Sat at 9:30p.m.; Sun/Wed at 7:30p.m. $15. Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall Street. 704-342-2251.

Visual Arts: Openings


Art Institute of Charlotte Portfolio Review. Emerging professionals will display works. Thu., Dec. 16, 4-7 p.m. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway.

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