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"Ellipsis and Parentheses":
New works by Artist Eric Hurtgen, whose style reflects his background in electronic artwork/graphic design, as well as his black-and-white photography. Accompanying Hurtgen's show will be new mixed media works by Artist Brandon Willett. 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon Saturdays-Sundays through March 28. Free. Green Rice Gallery, 451 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-344-0300. www.green-rice.com.
Swing Dance Class:
Learn East Coast Swing from Richard Kipe and Valarie Jaimes of Charlotte Swing Dance Society. Beginners 6:30-7:30 p.m., intermediates 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays through May 5. Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Road, Cornelius. $50 for Cornelius residents; $58 for others. Cornelius PARC Department, 704-892-6031, ext. 160. www.corneliuspr.org/swingdance.html.
The Black Lips:
Self-described "flower punk" band from Atlanta. Box Elders & Temperance League (formerly Bruce Hazel & the Volunteers) opens. 9 p.m. $12. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Latta Homeschoolers: Astronomical Wonders:
Indoor astronomy. Learn layout of the night sky with some help from a star projector. 9:30 a.m. $3. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Third Fridays Mothers Morning Hiking Club:
Guided, brisk hikes through Latta Plantation Nature Preserve explore some of the 16 miles of hiking trails. Learn some history and facts about the preserve. Terrain and distance moderate; about 11/2 to 3 miles. 9 a.m. Free. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Davidson Community Players perform "Violet":
Musical based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim," by N.C. writer Doris Betts. Score includes Gospel, rock, country and R&B styles. Ages 12 and older. 8 p.m. March 18-20; 2 and 7 p.m. March 21; 8 p.m. March 25-26; 2 and 8 p.m. March 27; 2 p.m. March 28. $15-$18. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7918. www.carolinatix.org.
"Seussical, the Musical" at Lake Norman High:
Lake Norman High School presents critically acclaimed musical 7:30 p.m. March 19 and 20. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and under. Special understudy show 2:30 p.m. March 20; admission $5 for everyone. Reservations: 704-799-8555; email@example.com.
Winter Tailgate Market:
Farmers offer winter and early spring produce, such as lettuces, root vegetables, greens, pastured meats and cheeses, freshly baked breads, cakes, pies and more. 9 a.m. every other Saturday through April 17. Davidson Farmers Market, Main St./N.C.115, Davidson. www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.
McKinney Academy Performing Arts Group at Borders North Lake:
Group to act out various Fairy Tales. Open to everyone. 11 a.m. Free. 704-895-9664. Borders, Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte. 704-596-4382. www.mckinneyacademy.com.
Photo Wild! at Carolina Raptor Center:
Two-day raptor photo shoot for amateurs and professionals. Three-hour shoot each day with six 30-minute photo sessions with each bird. Spend final hour of each day photographing flight show stars in free flight. Register online at www.carolinaraptorcenter.org or contact Amber Rosintoski, 704-875-6521 ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:30 a.m. March 20-21 and March 27-28. $65 for center members; $90 for others. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521 ext. 207. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.
2010 N.C. Pokemon Trading Card Game State Championships:
Free. Pokemon players test their trading-card-game skill, strategy and creativity. Three age divisions compete for state champion trophy, Pokemon merchandise, a $300 travel stipend. Premier Rating points awarded toward potential invitation to World Championships. 9 a.m. Free. Hilton Garden Inn, 159 Gateway Blvd., Mooresville. 206-344-3140. www.pokemon.com/us/organized-play/tournaments/15793/.
McKinney Academy Performing Arts Group at Borders North Lake March 20th:
McKinney Academy Performing Arts Group to act out fairy tales. 11 a.m.. All ages. 11 a.m. Free. Borders, Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte. 704-895-9664. www.mckinneyacademy.com.
Nature Nook: Box Turtle at Long Pond:
Listen to story, make craft, learn about turtles. 1 p.m. $2. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Learn about sources of pollution and how to minimize its effects. 2 p.m. $3. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
Tai Chi for Health:
Cornelius PARC Department presents eight-week session for ages 18 and older. Concentrates on Yang Style, 24 Forms. $50 for Cornelius residents; $58 for others. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays March 22-May 10. Community room, Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Register at Town Hall or online. 704-765-1450. www.corneliuspr.org/sunstyletaichi.
Writing for Magazines Workshop:
How to develop ideas for articles, break into a publication, work with an editor, write a query letter, sell yourself as a writer. Registration: email@example.com. 10 a.m. March 23. $110. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-859-5930. www.warehousepac.com.
Seagrove Pottery Trip:
Visit one of the largest communities of potters with the longest continuous history of pottery making in the U.S. More than 100 shops offer pottery, ceramic art. Stop for lunch; shop a variety of potters. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $25 includes transportation and ticket. Departs from Davidson Parks and Recreation office, 416 Armour St. Advance registration required: www.ci.davidson.nc.us; 704-892-3349.
Fantastic Frog Fun:
All ages discover the world of frogs. Explore their habitat; listen to amazing diversity of calls. Must call 704-598-8857 to register in advance. 6 - 7 p.m. Free. Ribbon Walk Nature Preserve, 4601 Nevin Road, Charlotte.
Amphibian Night Hike:
Hear frogs singing; explore a wetland area; learn to identify frogs by their calls. 7 p.m. $4 adults; $3 children. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.
What's Cookin' at Latta?:
See open-hearth cooking in plantation kitchen, slave cabin, outside on grounds. Learn about period cooking techniques; tour plantation house; more. Free with regular admission. 10 a.m. $6. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Capture nature through a journal. 90-minutes introductory course. 2 p.m. $4 adults; $3 children. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 2000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.