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Classical Music

Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody A concert performed by the Charlotte Symphony Chamber Ensemble. Preview lecture at 7:45pm. Tue., June 14, 8:15 p.m. $5. Rock Hill Roasting Co., 140 E. Main St. # 140. 803-328-2787.

Summer Pops Regional summer concert series. June 17: Energy Explorium, Lake Norman; June 18: Bailey Rd. Park, Cornelius; June 22: Belle Johnston Park, Pineville; June 25: Gaston County Park, Dallas. All at 7pm. www.charlottesymphony.org. Free. Charlotte Symphony, 201 S. College St. 704-972-2000.

Summer Pops at Symphony Park The annual series presented by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. On the Lawn. www.charlottesymphony.org. June 12, 19, 26 at 7pm. Free. SouthPark Shopping Center, 4400 Sharon Road. 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. June 10-11, 10 pm shows only. Fri & Sat, 8 & 10pm. $10. 1111 - D Hawthorne Ln. 866-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. June 8-11: Tammy Pescatelli; June 15-18: Jerry Farber and Johnny Parazzo. 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.

SK Netcafe Stand-Up Wednesday. Featuring acts and open mic. Wed., June 15, 10 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.

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

Afro-Caribbean Dance Choreographer Lena Blou will present a rare recital with guests Tropical Flavor Band. www.aacc-charlotte.org. Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Jazz Fusion An Evening Celebrating the Many Styles of Jazz Dance presented by Queen City Jazz Company and featuring the Latin jazz band Picante! of Asheville. Fri., June 17, 8 p.m. $20. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History Kites to Kitty Hawk. A multi-media interactive exhibit. June 2-Sept. 6. Vecinos/Neighbors. A bilingual photographic exhibition. Through Aug. Whatzit?. This exhibit challenges the visitor to identify unique and unusual artifacts rarely on public display. Through Sept. Whatzit? Family Day. Be the first ones to try and figure out what these intriguing artifacts are as part of our Whatzit? opening day celebrations. Bring in your own artifacts to stump the curators. Sat., June 11, 2-4 p.m. Free with Museum admission. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Grossology. Exhibit exploring good, bad and ugly about how the body works. Through July. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure, Forces of Nature and 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. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. June 2-July 3. Porcelain American Style. Through June 14. Retrospective of Prints by Chuck Close. June 2-Aug. 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft + Design Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. June 2-Dec. 31. Point of View III: North Carolina Artists as Collectors. June 2-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. 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, Huntersville Reading. Authors of Tuesday's Children share memoirs and poems from the book. Tue., June 14, 7:30 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8725 Townley Rd., Huntersville. 704-895-8863.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers Lori and Tony Karayianni. Authors will read from and sign one of their books from the series Sofie Metropolis. Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. Dr. Gail M. Hayes. Author will read and sign copies of her book, Daughters of the King. Fri., June 17, 7-9 p.m. 4345 Barclay Downs Dr. 704-602-9800.

Park Road Books Jonathan Farlow. Author will sign Brouhaha. Sat., June 11, 1 p.m. Emyl Jenkins. Author will sign Stealing with Style. Mon., June 20, 7 p.m. Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Rd. 704-525-9239.

Walden Books, Carolina Mall Cheris F. Hodges. Author will sign copies of her latest novel A Love of Her Own. Sat., June 11, 1-3 p.m.

Spoken Word

Jackson's Java Poetry Open Mike. Hosted by Jonathan Rice. Thu., June 9, 8 p.m. 8544 University City Blvd. 704-595-9526.

Spirit Square Southern Fried Poetry Slam. SlamCharlotte hosts competition teams from across the U.S. Events also held at Discovery Place and Fox & Hound restaurant. www.sf2005charlotte.com. June 8-11. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

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