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Arts Agenda 

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

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Under the Sycamore Tree A story full of pokes at human behavior and the fragility of the human condition. Performed in the Rowe Arts Building's Rowe Theater. Oct. 16-19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m.; Oct. 23-26, 8 p.m. $5 students, $6 faculty, $10 general public. UNC-Charlotte. 704-687-2599.

Theater: Ongoing

*The Laramie Project The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte presents this drama that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Opening night will be followed by an open wine & cheese reception. Oct. 15 at 7:30pm is "Pay What You Can Night," and every Thurs. night performance is followed by a talk-back session with the cast and director. Visit actorstheatrecharlotte.org for more information. Oct. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23-24, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 25-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m. $15-20. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

*Mamma Mia It's ABBA's greatest hits woven into three love stories. Oct. 15-17, 8 p.m.; Oct. 18, 8:15 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $20-$67. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

A Taste of Broadway an ongoing musical theatre revue that will combine fine food with the flavor of Broadway. Sundays, 5-9 p.m. $10 per person for show only. Food costs extra. Swing 1000, 1000 Central Ave. 704-334-4443.

Visual Arts: Openings

Crazy Jane's Local and National Artists. Works by Ellyn Bernstein, Charlotte Foust, Mike Watson and Rod Uriner. Acrylics, oils, mixed media, and glass art. Mon.-Sat. 1817 Hawkins Street. 704-332-5454.

Davidson College Jimmy O'Neal and Alex Clark. O'Neal's exhibition, "Speculum," will be on display Oct. 18- Dec. 4. in the William Van Every Gallery. The Edward M. Smith Gallery will present a new series of paintings by Alex Clark entitled, "Invisible Cities" from Oct. 18- Nov. 20. A public reception for both artists will be held from 7-9pm on Oct. 17 in the atrium of the Belk Visual Arts Center. Oct. 17-Dec. 4. Davidson. 704-894-2244.

Gallery L Feelin' Groovy: Rock n' Roll Graphics, 1966-70. This exhibit explores the vivid colors, obtuse lettering and imagery of rock n' roll posters, while tracing the development of the psychedelic style. Oct. 20-Nov. 30. 310 N. Tryon St. 704-336-2020.

Joie Lassiter Gallery Fragments. Maja Godlewska. A one woman show, playing with abstraction and figurativism, spirituality and humanity. Opening reception: Oct. 18 from 6:30-9:30pm. Tue.-Sat. Continues through Nov. 30. 318 E 9th. 704-373-1464.

The Light Factory Recycled Realities. John Willis. Still-life images found in bales of paper scraps create commentary on mass culture and communication. Members' Portfolio Gallery: Fast Food Dining Rooms, photographs by Ruth Dusseault. Records of utilitarian designs that go unnoticed in the urban fabric. Opening reception: Oct. 19 from 6-9pm. Gallery talk at 7pm. Oct. 19-Nov. 30. 809 W. Hill St. 704-333-9755.

Merrill-Jennings Galleries American Impressionism. The exhibit features contemporary interpretations of the style begun by French painters in the 1860's. As a special feature, works by Charles Parthesius will be exhibited. Oct. 19-Nov. 27. 463 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-895-1213.

Visual Arts: Ongoing

Afro-American Cultural Center Eros Negras: Encountering the Black Female Body. An exhibition that explores the sexuality, sensuality and eroticism of black women from a socio-political perspective in a contemporary world. Oct. 10-Nov. 30. 401 N. Myers St. 704-374-1565.

Art 1 Gallery The 5th Annual "I Am Woman" Exhibition and Competition. The exploration and provocative interpretation of women and womanhood as expressed by participating artists from New York to Florida. I Am Woman is an open show rather than a juried show. Works by both male and female artists are accepted and must pertain to the I Am Woman theme. Oct. 10-25. 170 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-854-8800.

Art Institute of Charlotte Gallery Jazz Series. A series of paintings by Asheville artist, Patrick Symonds. Oct. 10-31. 2110 Water Ridge Parkway. 704-357-8020.

Artists' Atelier Carolina Open Studios. By appointment. Ongoing exhibits feature paintings and mixed media by popular North Carolina Artists: Peggy Hutson Weston, Fay M. Miller, Carol Mueller, Betty G. Robinson; Photography by Waldo Miller; and sculptures by Greg Weston. Studios are open to the public, gallery owners, designers and art connoisseurs. Please call for an appointment. Mon.-Sun. 220 W. 10th St. 704-347-2781.

ArtMakers Gallery and Studios Current Feature. Watercolors, oils and acrylics by Nancy Couick and Kelley Sanford. Tue.-Sat. 515 Fenton Pl. 704-916-0140.

Bank of America Gallery A Century of Landscape Exploration: 1845-1945. Mon.-Sat. Continues through Nov. 6. Hearst Tower, 114 N. Tryon St. 704-386-7324.

Bank of America Plaza Space, Structure and Vision. Curated by Joie Lassiter Gallery. Featuring works by Mary Edith Alexander, Helene Brandt, Gary Byrd, Lluis Lleo, Ran Ortner, Karen Rifas, Thomas Rose, Idamarie Spurr, Mike Wsol. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 15. 101 South Tryon Street. 704-373-1464.

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