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Arts Agenda 

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts. *indicates critics' picks.

Classical Music

25th Anniversary Concert Carolina Pro Musica, Charlotte's period instrument ensemble, celebrates 25 years. The program features soprano Rebecca Miller Saunders in the premiere of "Gloria" by George Frederick Handel. Part of Charlotte Shout. Sat., Sept. 21, 8:15 p.m. $12 regular admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 704-334-3468.

Charlotte Symphony Season Debut Music Director Christof Perick and musicians of the Charlotte Symphony take center stage on opening night in the Belk Theater. California composer Donald Crockett will unveil Blue Earth, commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony. Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8 p.m. $12-60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Concert on the Green The last show of the 2002 series will feature the Davidson College Music Ensemble, sponsored by Davidson College and the town of Davidson. Visit www.concertson thegreen.com. for more information. Sun., Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. The shows are free and open to all. Davidson Town Green. 704-892-4440.

First Tuesday Concert Series These free chamber music concerts are presented in a sanctuary setting on the first Tuesday of each month from September through May. Upcoming: String Quartet, Opus 59, #1 Rasumovsky by Ludwig van Beethoven. Tue., Oct. 1, 12:10 p.m. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-335-0009.

Polish Sister City's Tribute to Sept. 11 The Wroclaw University Oratorio Gaudium will travel to Charlotte and perform a tribute in combination with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and the Oratorio Chamber Singers of Charlotte. Tickets are available at the door. Sun., Sept. 22, 3 p.m. $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, $17 families (up to 2 adults and any number of children). First Methodist Church, 501 North Tryon St. 704-333-3399.

Wroclaw University Choir Gaudium A choral evening with the 50-voice choir from Charlotte's Polish Sister City will take place at Belmont Abbey Basilica as part of the 2002-03 Guest Artist Series of Belmont Abbey College. Mon., Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Completely improvised comedy shows ...based on your suggestions. Similar to "Whose Line Is IT Anyway?" See our website at www.extremeimprov.com for details/reservations. Saturdays at 7pm. 1958 E. 7th St. 1-866-467-7681.

Comedy Zone Mike W. Armstrong with Kurt Green and Mary Asher. Mike Armstrong is the winner of the Midwestern Laugh-Off, After Hours Show and Showtime TV's Funniest Man in Ohio Contest. Sept. 12-14. Danny Bevins with Julie Scoggins and Justin Gray. Bevins was a feature performer at the 2002 Murphys Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Ireland. Sept. 18-21. Mike Veneman with Mo Lexander and D. Cameron. Wednesday night is College Night and Service Industry Night: Get free admission and get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe after the 8pm show with your Comedy Zone ticket. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. Sept. 25-28. Celebrity Performance- Tommy Chong. Tommy Chong, star of That 70's Show and of Cheech and Chong fame, is coming to the Comedy Zone with opening act Shelby Chong. Sept. 27, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; Sept. 28, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. $20 per ticket. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College Family Vaudeville Extravaganza. hosted by Charlotte's Fettucini Brothers. This evening of comedy and variety acts is part of Charlotte Shout. Tickets available at the door. A free fire juggling exhibition in the Alvarez Union amphitheatre will follow the show. Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. General admission $5, $3 for children ages 3-12, free for children under 3. Davidson. 704-892-1296.

*The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Located at 1500 Central Ave., 2nd floor. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, and 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. The 9pm show is non-smoking. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Upcoming: September 20-21, Show 270. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

Psychotic Pooch Live Sketch Comedy and Improv. Comedy rated NC-17 for situations and content. Large group rates available. Call for reservations, directions or more info. DJ after-party every Saturday. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

Dance

Dance Break North Carolina Dance Theatre 2 will give free lunchtime performances in the Duke Power Theatre. Dance Break gives viewers a chance to experience quality dance up close in a casual atmosphere. Box lunches from Something Classic will be available. Sept. 16-18, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Fall Trilogy The NC Dance Theatre begins their season with this program, featuring the World Premiere of Mark Godden's Constructing Juliet, inspired by Shakespeare's play and Tchaikovsky's music. Belk Theater. Sept. 19-21, 8 p.m. $10-55. Student Rush: $10 tickets available one hour prior to performance with the presentation of a valid student ID card. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

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