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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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Swing 1000 Rhythm Theory Tuesdays. Enjoy open-mic poetry, music, and dancing. Doors open at 6pm. Poetry begins at 7:30pm. Tuesdays. Free before 7:15pm. 1000 Central Ave. 704-334-4443.

Theater: Openings

The Canterville Ghost Adapted by Marisha Chamberlain. Based on the story by Oscar Wilde. When the Otis family buys an English estate from Lord Canterville, they are warned that the castle comes with an unusual "extra": the 300-year-old ghost of Simon de Canterville. For ages 7 and up. Produced by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 3 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26, 3 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m. $10 general admission, $15 special reserved. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, directed by Sharon Green. $12 general admission $8 faculty/staff $6 students, at Duke Family Performance Hall. Recommended for ages 11 and up. Oct. 23, 8 p.m.; Oct. 24, 8 p.m.; Oct. 25, 8 p.m.; Oct. 26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Dracula OTTC artistic director Glenn Griffin directs his adaptation of the classic vampire story. Featuring Creative Loafing Actress of the Year 2001, Sheila Snow Proctor as Renfield. Oct. 30 is pay-what-you-can night. Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. Off-Tryon Theatre, 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

An Evening of One-Act Comedies The production includes The Actor's Nightmare and Ladies of the Mop, in the Joe V. Knox Auditorium of the Mooresville Citizens Center. Oct. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m. $5. Mooresville Community Theatre, 215 North Main St., Mooresville. 704-662-1025.

The Heart to Heart Theatre Ensemble Teenagers will present a public performance of Twist & Shout, a production dealing with relationship violence. Call to reserve seats. Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. The performance is free, but seating is limited. Children's Theatre of Charlotte. 704-376-5745.

The Heiress Neglected by her father and left to her own devices, a young heiress yearns for true love. But when a young man comes calling, are his intentions honorable or is he a predatory suitor? Oct. 17-19, 7 p.m. $5 students, $7 adults. Northwest School of the Arts. 704-343-5500.

Little Red Riding Hood Presented by Opera Express. This group will enchant children and adults alike as they present this children's fairy tale with dramatic action and music. Reservations are recommended. Fri., Oct. 25, 10 a.m. $3. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-684-3948 ext.21.

M. Butterfly The Charlotte Repertory Theatre presents David Henry Hwang's 1988 Tony Award-winning play. In a parallel to Puccini's Madame Butterfly, it tells the story of a French diplomat and his love affair with a Chinese opera star who fulfills his fantasies of exotic sexuality. Booth Playhouse. Call or visit to order tickets. Oct. 19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m.; Oct. 22-24, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 25-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m.; Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; Nov. 3, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 6-7, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8-9, 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2 p.m. $24-31.50. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

The Marriage of Figaro Opera Carolina begins its newly extended 2002-03 mainstage season with Mozart's comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, the sequel to the 2001-02 season's closing production of The Barber of Seville. Belk Theater. Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m. $10-$78. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

The Sci-fi Political Psychodrama Weekends The show opens with one of Rod Sterling's best Twilight Zone episodes in the hospital room of "Patient 307." Next, on the mainstage is Closet Land: an author accused of inserting subliminal anti-government messages into her children's stories endures humiliation and torture for refusing to sign a false confession. Oct. 24-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; Nov. 7-9, 8 p.m. $15. Hart-Witzen Gallery, 611 W. 5th St. 704-334-1177.

Three Moons Performance Art Collaborative presents a 2-hour show of music, theater, and performance poetry featuring the work of local songwriter Douglas Welton, local playwright Ann Marie Oliva, and Atlanta performance poet David Schuster. Mon., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. $5 at the door. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-875-6112.

A Tribute to Lewis Grizzard A new one-man show starring South Carolina actor Bill Oberst, Jr. as Grizzard. Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. $15 adults/seniors; $5 students. Saluda Trail Middle School Auditorium, 2300 Saluda Rd., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

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