Charlotte Symphony Lollipops When a mime shows up unrehearsed for his performance, the result is a symphonic showdown where even the audience gets in on the act in The Classical Clown. The Lollipops series is a showcase of concerts designed for young listeners ages 4-9. Sat., Jan. 15, 11 a.m. $8-$20. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.
Doc Severinsen w/ The Charlotte Symphony Pops Master bandleader and trumpeter will conduct and perform swinging tunes with the Symphony. Jan. 14, 8 p.m.; Jan. 15, 8 p.m. $15-$64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Providence Chamber Music Series Musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra present "Serenade," featuring Dvorák's Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44. The program also includes music by Villa-Lobos and Mozart's Divertimento No. 4 for Two Clarinets and Bassoon. Providence United Methodist Church (Providence Rd. & Sharon Amity). Sun., Jan. 16, 7 p.m. Free. 704-333-9536.
Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv Comedy. Featuring high energy, fully improvised, audience interactive antics of Extreme Improv!. www.extremeimprov.com. Special all female group "Helen Baak" premiering in Jan along with student shows 8pm Fri., $10 admission. Fri. and Sat., 8pm & 10pm. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.
The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Jan. 13-16: Dave Attell, $30. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Whose Line, Second City, and Sketchprov style improv comedy. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Saturdays 8pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.
SK Netcafe Psychotic Pooch. An evening of comedy, with two full sketch shows, improv and stand-up. Fri., Jan. 21, 9 p.m. No cover, donations accepted. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-712-2059.
Spirit Square The Second City - 45th Anniversary Tour. Chicago's legendary comedy theatre will deliver satire and cutting edge improvisation. $12.50-$25. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
Sheherazade Begins With SHE Rachel Jeffreys, WDAV announcer and actress, will perform her one-woman show which includes storytelling, Middle Eastern dance and props. Donations accepted. Wed., Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m. Alvarez College Union. 704-894-2730.
Charlotte Museum of History 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. Jan. 6-May 25. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Jan. 6-March 25. Vecinos/Neighbors Exhibit. A bilingual photographic exhibition. Opening: Jan. 15, 7-9pm. Through February. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.
Discovery Place 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. Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes. Jan. 6-April 20. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.
Mint Museum of Art North Carolina Pottery: A Restless Tradition. Jan. 6-Feb. 27. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Jan. 6-Feb. 20. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Jan. 6-30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Jan. 6-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. How to Taste Wine: General, vertical, horizontal, blind, assessing faults and more. Jan. 18, 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. Our Changing Landscapes: Early views of people and places in Carolina Piedmont. Jan. 6-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.
Schiele Museum, Gastonia 1500 East Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.
Readings & Signings
Barnes & Noble, Arboretum James W. Hall. Author will read and sign Forests of the Night. Sat., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.
Barnes & Noble, Huntersville Elaine Corvidae. Author will read and sign Dragon's Son. Fri., Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8725 Townley Rd., Huntersville. 704-895-8863.
QUEENS FACULTY READINGS Jan. 13: Helen Elanie Lee and James McKean; Jan. 14: Daniel Mueller and Alan Michael Parker. Accenture Auditorium in The John H. Sykes Learning Center, Queens University. At 8pm. 704-337-2335.
Jackson's Java Poetry Open Mike. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Thu., Jan. 13, 8 p.m. 8544 University City Blvd. 704-595-9526.
The Body Chronicles A comedic and thought-provoking theatrical event that examines and shatters body image stereotypes. All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run International. Jan. 18-23, Wed.-Sat., 8pm; Sun. 3pm. $20. Southend Performing Arts Center, 201 Rampart St. 704-332-5300.
Cinderella Presented by the Davidson College theatre department and the Davidson Community Players. Jan. 21-23. $5. Blackbox Theatre, Cunningham Arts Bldg., Davidson. 704-892-7953.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Presented by the Union County Performance Ensemble. Jan. 13:15 & 20:22, 7:30pm; Jan. 16 & 23, 2:30pm. $5-$9. Batte Fine Arts Center, Wingate. 704-296-3020.
The Gizmo Guys & The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion The show combines the quick wit and juggling act of The Gizmo Guys with the illusions of the husband and wife team of the Spencers. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Sun., Jan. 16, 4 p.m. $20-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Movin' Out This Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaboration brings 24 Billy Joel classics to new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two decades. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Jan. 25-30. $25-$75. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-1000.
Visual Arts: Openings
Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College Threads of Conflict. An exhibition including tapestries from around the world that illustrate social unrest and the oppression of indigenous peoples as a result of political forces. Jan. 21-Feb. 25. 704-894-2519.
Center of the Earth Gallery House and Home. Group exhibition of paintings and sculpture by 12 artists. Opening Reception: Jan. 14, 6-9pm. Through Feb. 26. 3204 N Davidson St. 704-375-5756.
Modern Eye Gallery Daniel Phill: the Botanicals. Abstract paintings exploring the world of flowers in painting and monotypes. Opening Reception: Jan. 15, 6-9pm. Through March 11. 1923-A South Blvd. 704-333-3190.
Providence Frames A Group Exhibition of New Works. Opening Reception: Jan. 14, 6-9pm. Through February. 601-A Providence Rd. 704-333-4535.
Visual Arts: Ongoing
Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Jason Smith. A student exhibition of NASCAR photos. Artist Reception: Jan. 19, 5-7:30pm. Jan. 6-Feb. 25. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.
ArtHouse Mindy Jacobs. Exhibition of unusual copper art pieces complemented by paintings of local artists. Jan. 21, 7-11pm. 3103 Cullman Ave. 704-577-4587.
Bank of America Gallery Photography of the 1940s and 1950s. The collection includes the work of photographers whose diverse images reflect the many directions of the 40s and 50s. Through February. Hearst Tower, 114 N. Tryon St. 704-386-7324.
Cosmos Cafe Violeta Moreno. An exhibition of paintings. Through January. 300 N. College St., Suite 101. 704-372-3553.
Cuvee Wine & Art Gallery Sharon Obee. An exhibition of works. Jan. 6-31. 710 West Trade St. 704-332-5548.
ElderArt Gallery Coast to Coast, The American Landscape. A group exhibition of paintings. Jan. 7-Feb. 28. 1427 S. Blvd. 704-370-6337.
The Gallery at Carillon Tanja Softic. Exhibition titled On the Nature of Things. Through Jan. 21. 227 W. Trade St. 704-334-8840.
Gallery L, Main Library Art in the Vernacular: Benjamin 'Old Folks' Davis. Jan. 9-23. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-2020.
Gaston County Public Library Frederick Douglass From Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City. Touring exhibit. Jan. 6-31. 1555 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. 704-868-2167.
Hart-Witzen Gallery Mud-Dust-Paint-Clay. Painting and ceramics by UNCC students. Jan. 6-15. 136 E. 36 St. 704-334-1177.
Hidell Brooks Gallery Hidell Brooks Gallery. Arless Day solo exhibition of collage paintings. Through February. 1910 S. Blvd. Suite 130. 704-334-7302.
Hodges Taylor Gallery Paul Harcharik: An Intimate View. The artist articulates an intimate representation of the familiar landscape. Through Feb. 26. 401 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3799.
Huntersville Town Hall Members Art Exhibit. Lake Norman Art League Artists dispay paintings, mixed media, sculpture and fine craft. Jan. 7-27. 101 Huntersville-Concord Rd. 704-875-6541.
Jerald Melberg Gallery Pablo Picasso. Lithographs, Etchings and Linocuts. Jan. 6-22. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 704-365-3000.
Joie Lassiter Gallery Maja Godlewska & John Nickerson. Jan. 6-14. Marc Lambrechts. An exhibition of oil and plaster works. Jan. 7-March 4. 525 North Tryon Street, Suite 140. 704-373-1464.
The Light Factory Mark Maio: Against the Grain--An American Story. Jan. 6-29. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755.
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.
Shain Gallery Bountiful. An exhibition of works by Curtis Jaunsen. Through January. 601 Providence Rd. 704-334-7744.
Storrs Architecture Building, UNCC Art of the Eye II. The exhibit contains 42 works of art in a variety of mediums. Jan. 6-16. 704-771-6772.
The Artists Gallery Group Exhibition. International artists Damian Huntley and Luis Llarina, also local artists. Jan. 6-16. 7824-C Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-541-6944.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center Sculptural Basketry and Forest. Jan. 6-22. 123 East Liberty St., Salisbury. 704-636-1882.
Winthrop University Galleries M.F.A Thesis Exhibition. Jennifer Gilomen and Kata Billups. Through Jan. 21. Mike Lavine. Precious 017 is a series of temporary, indoor installations built with millions of small, tropical hardwood shavings. Through Jan. 21. 107 McLaurin, Rock Hill. 803-323-2493.