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Classical Music

The Pirates of Penzance CPCC Opera Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan's rollicking operetta. Jan. 21-22, 8pm; Jan. 23, 2:30pm. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

Prague Symphony Orchestra Presented by Carolinas Concert Association. Mon., Jan. 31, 8 p.m. $25-$65. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Samson & Delilah Opera Carolina partners with the Urban League and Moving Poets Theatre of Dance to present a tale of faith, sacrifice, seduction and betrayal. Jan. 27, 7:30pm; Jan. 29, 8pm; Jan. 30, 2pm. $10-$81. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.THE TEN TENORS Expect anything from Verdi to "Waltzing Matilda" from these 10 mates imported from "a land down under." www.blumenthalcenter.org. Tue., Feb. 8, 8 p.m. $20-$45. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Comedy

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. 19-22: Hypnotist Zach Thomas. 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.Dance

Bruce Wood Dance Company Performance by company whose repertoire includes contemporary ballet marked by familiar music and fluid precision. www.davidson.edu/tickets. Fri., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. $15-$25. Duke Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.NORTH CAROLINA DANCE FESTIVAL Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works presents a different program each night. mckineticworks.org. Feb. 3, 8 p.m.; Feb. 4, 8 p.m.; Feb. 5, 8 p.m. $15-$18. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-338-1533.

Sheherazade Begins With SHE A one-woman show combining theater and belly dance, devised and performed by Rachel Jeffreys, WDAV announcer and actress. A benefit for the Davidson College Dance Ensemble. Room 900. Wed., Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m. $3 donation. Alvarez College Union. 704-894-2730.Museums

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. 13-May 25. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. Jan. 13-March 25. Vecinos/Neighbors Exhibit. A bilingual photographic exhibition. 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. No Grease: The Show 2005. 6th Annual Hair, Fashion, and Music Show presented by No Grease! & Honey. Sat., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. 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. 13-April 20. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Guild of Charlotte Artists. Meeting features Jayne Johnson presenting the use of Isonography. Wed., Jan. 26, 7 p.m. North Carolina Pottery: A Restless Tradition. Jan. 13-Feb. 27. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Pottery American Style. Jan. 13-Feb. 20. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience. Jan. 13-30. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. Jan. 13-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. French wines vs. American wines: A comparison. Jan. 25, 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. 13-May 15. 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 Dr. Denyse Hicks-Ray. Author will discuss The Pain Didn't Start Here: Trauma & Violence in the African American Community. Wed., Jan. 19, 7 p.m. 2412 Beatties Ford Rd. 704-432-6706.

Borders, Stonecrest Dr. Gary Chapman. Discussion and book signing with the author of Five Love Languages. Sat., Jan. 29, 3 p.m. 7836 Rea Rd. 704-752-3782.Spoken Word

Spirit Square Slam Charlotte. A high energy poetry competition featuring local poets. Thu., Jan. 20, 8 p.m. $5. 345 N. College St. 704-331-0879.Theater: Openings

Cinderella Presented by the Davidson College theatre department and the Davidson Community Players. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Jan. 21, 7:30pm; Jan. 22, 10:30am, 2:30pm & 4:30pm; Jan. 23, 3pm & 4:30pm. $5. Blackbox Theatre, Cunningham Arts Bldg., Davidson. 704-892-7953.

Fahrenheit 451 Children's Theatre of Charlotte will present Bradbury's own stage adaptation of his classic novel. Jan. 21-22 & 28, 7:30pm; Feb. 4, 7:30pm; Feb. 5, 3pm & 7:30pm. $10-$12. Children's Theatre of Charlotte, 1017 E. Morehead St. 704-376-5745.

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