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Classical Music

The Billy Goats Gruff Opera Carolina and the Public Library are partnering to offer performances of the Opera Express touring program, a 50-minute performance that introduces youth and young adults to classical opera music. Sat., March 12, 2 p.m. Free. Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. 704-332-7177 ext 209.

Charlotte Symphony A concert of three American landmark compositions featuring Canadian pianist Ian Parker. March 18, 8 p.m.; March 19, 8 p.m. $14-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Charlotte Symphony w/ The Temptations The Temptations will perform selections from their huge catalog with the Charlotte Symphony. March 11, 8 p.m.; March 12, 8 p.m. $15-$64. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-972-2000.

For All Your Faithful...Restore the Light Presented by the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. The chorus will perform Maurice Durufle's Durufle Requiem and Julian Wachner's At the Lighting of the Lamps. Sat., March 12, 8 p.m. $15. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

George Lucktenberg Harpsichordist and historical keyboardist will be performing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, among others. Sun., March 13, 3 p.m. Free. Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Ln. 704-846-8550.

Liederabend Students of voice will perform several pieces. Sun., March 13, 8 p.m. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2592.

Providence Chamber Music Series Musicians from the Charlotte Symphony perform Bohuslav Martinu's Quartet for Cello, Clarinet, Horn and Side Drum and Mozart's Quartet in F Major for Oboe and Strings. Sun., March 13, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.

Saniya Patankar A vocal concert of Khyal, Thumri and Marathi Natya Sangeet, presented by Indian Performing Arts Assoc. of Charlotte (http://ipaac.tripod.com/). Sun., March 13, 5 p.m. The Hindu Center Auditorium. 704-541-3361.

Comedy

Charlotte Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. High energy, interactive improv comedy, rated R. www.extremeimprov.com. Fri & Sat, 8pm & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Mar. 11-12: James Gregory. 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. Sat., 8:30pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.

The Perch The Perch Sketch Live Comedy. At Charlotte Comedy Theatre, 1111 Hawthorne Ln. www.theperch.com. Thursdays, 9pm. 704-566-0053.

Dance

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre The most famous love story of all time, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet will be performed by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre. Mon., March 14, 8 p.m. $30-$65. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

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. March 3-May 25. Stitched from the Soul. The Farmer-James collection of African American quilts. March 3-25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place If These Walls Could Talk. The exhibit investigates the science and history of the structures that human create. March 3-May 31. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure and Forces of Nature. 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. March 3-April 20. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. March 12-July 3. The First Lady. A production by local playwright Nettie Reeves, The First Lady opens the doors of the church through the eyes of the pastor's young wife. Proceeds benefit the growing collection of African American art at The Mint Museums. Sat., March 12, 7 p.m. $50. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. The Romance of Italian Art & Design. The romance of Italy has inspired artists from the Renaissance to modern times. Study Venetian masters such as Bellini, Giorgione and Titian, who delighted in the sensuous beauty of the female nude, as well as later Rococo artists whose elaborate pageantry decorated 18th century ceilings. Tue., March 15, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-$15. Senior Class. Learn about the stories behind the special exhibitions in these new programs geared for active seniors. Wed., March 9, 10-11 a.m. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. March 3-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Building a starter wine cellar - collecting. Mar. 15, 6:30-8pm. $30. Young Affiliates of the Mint. A wine speaker will focus on the upcoming Wine Tasting event. Tue., March 15, 6:30 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members. 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. March 3-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

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