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Arts Agenda 

Arts and Entertainment listings are provided as a service to the visual and performing arts community.

Classical Music

Bach B Minor Mass presented by Charlotte Symphony Classics. Featuring the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte with David Tang conducting. March 1, 8 p.m.; March 2, 8 p.m. $12-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Charlotte Symphony Pops w/Roger Williams take a walk down memory lane with legendary pianist Roger Williams. With millions of fans around the world, 115 recordings and 18 gold and platimum albums to his cretid, Roger Williams is an artist who embodies his unforgettable music...a timeless classic. Feb. 22, 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, 8 p.m. $15-$55. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-972-2000.

Furman University Singers one of America's finest collegiate choirs will present a special program of sacred and popular music. Thu., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Myers Park Baptist Church. 704-334-7232 ext. 21.

London's Haffner Wind Quintet performances are noted for the colorful yet carefully blended sound and for their diverse programs that reach people all over the world. Mon., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. $15. Wingate University. 704-233-8300.

Providence United Methodist Church Recital Series Musicians from the Charlotet Symphony perform chamber music by Piston, D'Rivera, and Dvorak's Trio in F Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano featuring former Opera Carolina conductor Charles Rosekrans. Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-366-7442.

UNC-Charlotte Symphonic Band and Brass Quintet I The program will include music ranging from the classical repertoire to newly published works for band. Two band compositions on the program will receive their North Carolina premieres. Sun., Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-687-2899.ComedyComedy Zone Mark Ryan & Keith Alberstedt. comedic performance. Feb. 20, 8 p.m.; Feb. 21, 8 p.m. $6 for Wednesday and Thursday, $10 for Friday and Saturday shows. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. with Peanut, Walter and Jose Jalapeno. Feb. 22, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; Feb. 23, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. $19.50. Lavantor Butler & Kenny Smith. comedic performance. Feb. 27, 8 p.m.; Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday - $6 Friday and Saturday - $10. James Gregory. celebrity performance. March 1, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; March 2, 7 p.m.,9 p.m. & 11 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Sketch Comedy Theater Extreme Improv. The Desperate for Attention Players will be performing Chicago stylel long form shows. Down and dirty, stage clawing, improvised comedy available no where else in this area. Saturdays, 7 p.m. $8. 1500 Central Ave. 704-372-7724.DanceNC Dance Theatre Repertory Program Will feature works by acclaimed choreographers such as Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Nacho Duato, George Balanchine and Paul Taylor. Feb. 22, 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews. 704-321-7275.Museums* Levine Museum of the New South Crossroads Quilters: Stitching the Community Together. Exhibition includes 15 traditional quilts, photographs, teacher guides, gallery guides and a "discovery panel". Light Days, Dark Nights: The Carolina Photographs of Doris Ullman. the exhibit will feature the portraiture of this acclaimed photographer who traveled throughout North and South Carolina from 1929-1933 shooting images of Americans in the rural South, whom she felt define the essence of the American people. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

* Mint Museum of Art Art Glass: The Collection of Marjorie and Robert McDorman. Brilliant and elegant examples of art glass from the guilded age. Ranges from small vases and plates to much larger urns and lamps. Included are works from all of the major glassmakers of the period: Galle, Daum, Loetz, Tiffany, Carder, Steuben, Durand and Quezal among others. Mon.-Sun. Continues through June 16. Artists' Forum:" What's Happening In Charlotte?". Area artists will discuss their work as well as current issues and activities in their artistic fields. Talks will be followed by an informal reception and a chance to meet the artists. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An insightful look, through 60 art masterpieces, into the era in which America assumed a leading role on the world stage. Mon.-Sun. Continues through April 21. Portraits of Black Women: The Men We Love. at the Van Every Forum. An original series of plays by Charlottean Nettie Reeves. This year's play is entitled The Men We Love and addresses issues of fatherhood, male sexuality, psychological strength and oppression. Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Saturday - $50 including fashion show and cocktails, Sunday - $25. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Findings: The Jewelry of Ramona Solberg. Innovative jewelry pieces from an amazing artist. Mon.-Sun. Continues through March 31. Myth, Object and the Animal. the glass works of William Morris. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.Spoken Word23 Studio/Pat's Tavern Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry Night. a chance for all local poets, drummers and entertainers to come showcase their talent. After each poetry session you can stay and listen to DJ Live and an up and coming musical act to follow. There will also be local incense, oil, art and jewelry vendors at the event. Thursdays. $5 before 10:30pm, $10 thereafter. 3209 N. Davidson St. 704-370-6107.Theater: Openings* 16th Annual New Play Festival will feature The Dangerous Place by Michael McKeever, Lucky Stars by Laddy Sartin, Signs and Wonders by Joan Vail Thorne, and Make My Day by George Scurlock. Feb. 21, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Feb. 22, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.; Feb. 23, 11 a.m.,2 p.m.,5 p.m. & 8 p.m. Single tickets cost $8.50 each, Festival Passes are $30 for all four plays. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

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