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Get more culture for less cash

During these cold months, it's always nice to find ways to stay entertained and stay warm. Even better, many arts groups have discounts.

If you donate a minimum of $50 to the Arts and Science Council, you will receive an ASC Culture Card good for one year that offers a variety of discounts. Details: www.artsandscience.org or 704-333-2272.

The Charlotte Symphony

704-972-2000, www.charlottesymphony.org

Children 18 and younger, half off regular ticket price; students under age 25, classics concert tickets are $12 at the symphony box office or up to two hours before the show at the Blumenthal box office.

Opera Carolina

704-372-1000, www.operacarolina.org

Senior and student discount: 10 percent off regular single ticket price; student rush, $10 one hour before a performance; military discount: 20 percent.

Blumenthal Performing Arts

704-372-1000, www.blumenthalcenter.org

E-mail club members get special offers; student rush, two hours before most shows are $15 to $25.

Actor's Theater of Charlotte

704-342-2251, www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org

Student and teacher tickets range from $10 to $15; senior discount is $3 off ticket price; some Wednesdays are pay what you can.

Children's Theatre

704-973-2800, www.ctcharlotte.org

With subscription packages, save $2 per ticket.

Theater Charlotte

704-372-1000, www.theatrecharlotte.org

Join e-mail club for special offers.

CAST

704-347-5838, 704-455-8542, www.nccast.com

Student tickets. $20 ($5 less than general tickets).

Mint Museums

704-337-2000, www.mintmuseum.org

Members free. Students and seniors, $2 off regular admission; under 4, free. Tuesdays 5-9 p.m., free admission both locations.

Bechtler Museum

704-353-9200, www.bechtler.org

Seniors, college students and educators: $2 off the $8 admission; free for members and those under 10.

Gantt Center

704-547-3700, www.ganttcenter.org

Seniors, teachers, military, students and ages 6-17: $2 off regular $8 admission; free for members and those under 6.

Charlotte Museum

of History

704-568-1774, www.charlottemuseum.org

AAA members, students and seniors, $1 off regular $6 admission. Members, free.

Levine Museum

of the New South

704-333-1887, www.museumofthenewsouth.org

Seniors, students and ages 6-18, $1 off regular $6 admission; family admission, $17; under 6 , free. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, free.

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