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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

Allan Rosenfeld This Charlotte Symphony clarinetist will present a series of solo recitals featuring the clarinet and bass clarinet. Concerts, all starting at 8pm, will be Jan. 15 at Dana Auditorium, Queens University; Jan. 19 at Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College; and Jan. 22 at the Recital Hall, Winthrop University. Jan. 15, 19 & 22. Free. 704-568-1095.

Chanticleer Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer has developed a reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature. Presented in Belk Theater by the Carolinas Concert Association. Tue., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $25-$85. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-527-6680.

Charlotte Symphony Classics: Fire and Ice Guest conductor, Susanna Malkki makes her US debut with the Charlotte Symphony and Russian pianist, Lilya Zilberstein. The evening's program includes Sibelius' Finlandia, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 "Inextinguishable." Jan. 10-11, 8 p.m. $12-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Daybreak of Freedom The 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert. One of Charlotte's signature King Day celebrations, Daybreak of Freedom is a concert highlighting the civil rights struggle and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented by the Charlotte Symphony and held in Belk Theater. Mon., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. $5-$27. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Jazz & Classical Essentials Sunday Brunch Borders will be playing jazz and classical music from their essential catalogs. Coffee and pastry provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. Borders, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Nordic Choir The choir will perform a varied program of both sacred and secular pieces. The concert will include works by Bach, Poulenc, Hovland, Gretchaninoff and Mendelssohn among others. Wed., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. $12. Myers Park Baptist Church. 704-334-7232.

Providence Recital Series The chamber music concert features Beethoven's Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20 with Paul Huppert, violin; Suzanne Lefevre, viola; Dru De Van, clarinet; Lori Tiberio, bassoon; Frank Portone, horn; Matthew Lavin, cello and Jeff Ferdon, double bass. Sun., Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-366-7442.


The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, & 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. The 9pm show is non-smoking. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Performances are rated R for verbal content. Fri., Sat. $10/$9 with students/military I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

The Comedy Zone College Night and "SIN" (Service Industry Workers) Night. Get free admission for the 8pm show and with your Comedy Zone ticket, get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe. Wednesdays. Scott Angrave w/ Mike Speanburg. Jan. 8-11. The Comedy Magic of Great Scott. Wed., Jan. 15. Akintundae & BC. Jan. 22-25. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. 704-348-4242.


An Evening of Middle Eastern Dance Fariba Homesley performs a wide variety of Arabic and Persian dances in authentic Middle Eastern-designed and handcrafted costumes. Rescheduled from Dec. 6 due to the ice storm. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Fri., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. $10 general public, $8 International House members. International House, 322 Hawthorne Lane. 704-333-8099.

A Winter Festival of Dance A showcase event. The GDT dance company will be joined by civic dance companies from across the state as they perform original works of choreography in a variety of dance styles. Sat., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Gaston Dance Theatre, 201 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-865-5943.


Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Highways & Byways of Our State. A photographic road trip of eclectic NC sites and scenes, all viewed from the state's Highways and Byways, using archival images from Our State: North Carolina magazine. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Jan. 12. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Multimedia exhibit in the Millennium Gallery tells the personal stories of war as shared through the written and recorded war-time correspondence of soldiers from the region. A Charlotte Shout event. Continues through Sept. 30, 2003. Regular Museum admission. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.

Gaston County Museum of Art & History Carolinas Textile Exhibit- The Ties That Bind. Interactive displays, engaging scale models, authentic artifacts and photos detail how the textile industry transformed the economy, technology and communities of the new south. Tue.-Sun. 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-852-6025.

Levine Museum of the New South Americanos: Latino Life in the United States. An exhibition presenting an intimate portrait of the Latino community through the work of 30 prize-winning photographers. The museum will also feature oral histories and artifacts from the Charlotte-area Latino community. Continues through Jan. 20. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. The nation's most comprehensive museum interpretation of post-Civil War southern history. Tue.-Sun. Pen and Ink Politics: Thomas Nast's Reconstruction-era Cartoons and African American Equality. Learn about the rise of the political cartoon in America through some of the earliest ones by Thomas Nast. Continues through Sept. 29. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

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