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Classical Music

Piccolo Spoleto Preview Concert The Oratorio Chamber Singers of Charlotte and the Festival Singers of Carolina Voices present their third annual Piccolo Spoleto preview concert. Thu., May 26, 7:30 p.m. $5-$15. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd. 704-972-2000.

Comedy

Big Chill Queen City Comedy. Hosted by Chris "FunnyMan" Robinson. Wednesdays, 9pm. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-358-9888.

Charlotte Comedy Theater Live Improvised Comedy. Interactive, improvisational comedy similar to Whose Line Is it Anyway. Rated R. www.charlottecomedy.com. Fri & Sat, 8 & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. May 25-28: Mike W. Armstrong; June 1-4: Debi Gutierrez. 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. Fri. & Sat., 8:30pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.

The Perch Live Sketch Comedy. Rated "R" for verbal content. At CCT, 1111 Hawthorne Ln. # D. www.theperch.com. Thursdays, 9 & 10:30pm. 704-566-0053.

Dance

NC Dance Theatre Spring Program North Carolina Dance Theatre's Student Ensemble will perform their annual Spring Repertory Program. Fri., May 27, 7:30 p.m. $12-$15. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Exhibits Alive: Kite Flyers. Explore the Kites to Kitty Hawk gallery and learn more about modern kite making from an active kite flyer, who will bring a selection of his own kites to share. Wed., May 25, 2-4 p.m. Free after museum admission. Kites to Kitty Hawk. A multi-media interactive exhibit. May 19-Sept. 6. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Places in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. May 19-25. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Grossology. Exhibit exploring good, bad and ugly about how the body works. Opens May 28. If These Walls Could Talk. The exhibit investigates the science and history of the structures that humans create. May 19-31. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure and Forces of Nature. Opening May 13: Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Downtown Walking Tour. If interested in learning about Charlotte's Downtown area, including the historical 4th Ward neighborhood, then check out the museum's Spring walking tours. Reservations suggested. Thursdays in May, 5:30pm. $5-$8. Get On Top of Your Time. Setting priorities and managing time effectively is basic to managing individual and organizational performance. This seminar is designed to help. Wed., May 25. Project Hometown's Create. Don't Hate. Moving Poets collaborates with the museum for exhibit. Through May. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. May 19-July 3. Music and Movies at the Mint. Music by Evans & Coppola and the film Vertigo, presented on the lawn by Young Affiliates of the Mint. www.youngaffiliates.org. Tue., June 7, 6 p.m. $2-$5. Music & Movies at the Mint. Formerly known as Jazzy Ladies. www.youngaffiliates.org. June 7: Evans & Coppola and Vertigo. At 6pm. $2-$5. Porcelain American Style. Through June 14. Retrospective of Prints by Chuck Close. May 19-Aug. 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. May 19-Dec. 31. Point of View III: North Carolina Artists as Collectors. May 19-Oct. 9. 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. Family Film Festival. Films for folks of all ages. June 7-8: The Rescuers Down Under; June 14-15: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; June 21-22: The Sword in the Stone; June 28-29: Johnny Tremain. All at 11am & 2pm. www.chmuseums.org. Free after museum admission. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.

Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia Rainforest Alive!. June 4-Sept. 4. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. 704-866-6900.

Readings & Signings

Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Andrea Peters. Author will discuss and sign Four Crows. Sun., May 29, 4 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9365.

Barnes & Noble, Sharon Rd Andrea Peters. Author will discuss and sign Four Crows. Sun., May 29, 1-2 p.m. 4720 Sharon Rd. 704-554-7906.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers Jeff MacGregor. Author will sign and discuss Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar. Thu., May 26, 7 p.m. 4345 Barclay Downs Dr. 704-602-9820.

Spoken Word

Dilworth Playhouse Café Open Mic. An evening of spoken word. Sat., May 28, 7:45 p.m. 1427 South Blvd., Suite 103. 704-632-0336.

Queens University Queens Faculty Readings. The low-residency M.F.A. program in creative writing at Queens University presents its next series of faculty readings. May 26, 27, 8pm. Free. 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2335.

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