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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 solo recital featuring the clarinet and bass clarinet. The concert will be held at the Recital Hall, Winthrop University. Wed., Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Free. 704-568-1095.

Antares Quartet Formed in 1996 in New Haven (CT), as the Elm City Ensemble, Antares draws on a vast and colorful repertoire for the piano-clarinet quartet formation, as well as various trio permutations. Their programs span the traditional eras of classical music from the early 18th through the 19th and 20th centuries. Sat., Feb. 1, 8 p.m. $20 general admission. Students through college age are admitted at no charge. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.

The Benedict College Gospel Choir This choir has performed with various world-renowned gospel artists and won the 2000-2001 Black Music Caucus' National College Gospel Choir Competition. Sat., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Charlotte Civic Orchestra Young artists concerto competition awards concert. Sun., Feb. 2, 3 p.m. Adults $8, seniors/students $6, families $17. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.

Charlotte Symphony Lollipops Fanfare for the Common Kid: A Copland Tribute to Heidi Joyce. Pre-concert festival at 10am. Sat., Jan. 25, 11 a.m. $8-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Faculty Series: Phil Thompson Dr. Thompson is head of woodwind instruction in the Department of Music and is known throughout the Charlotte area as a solo performer. Held in the Frances May Barnes Recital Hall. Mon., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

First Tuesday Concerts Ensemble Vita Nola, playing period instruments, will perform at both the Noon Concert (12:10pm) and the AfterWork Concert (5:30pm). Free parking is available at the TransAmerica parking garage on West 7th St. Tue., Feb. 4. Free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

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.

Jazzy January Free lunchtime jazz concerts featuring the Beth Chorneau Jazz Duo and Ziad from Mo' Money. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The concerts coincide with the Shops at Founders Hall sidewalk sale. Jan. 27-31, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St, Bank of America Corp Cntr.

Jennifer Holliday Holliday, a Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress and singer, debuts with the Charlotte Symphony Pops. Jan. 24-25, 8 p.m. $15-$33. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

The Luther College 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.

Saint Louis Brass Quintet Featuring music from the works of today's composers to the Baroque. The performance will be held in the Hannah Covington McGee Theatre of the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center. Tue., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. $10. Wingate University. 704-233-8300.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Live improvised comedy created from your suggestions. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for more information. Call for reservations. Saturdays, 8 p.m. $5. 1958 E 7th St. 1-800-467-7681.

Dinkins Cafe, Winthrop U Jay Lamont. Lamont has appeared on BET's Comic View. Fri., Jan. 24. $3 students, $7 general admission. Rock Hill. 803-323-2108.

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. www.theperch.com. 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. Akintundae & Kid Dave Miller. Jan. 22-25. HBO's Ladies of the Night. Featuring Just June, Tanya Lee Davis & Julie Scoggins. Jan. 29-Feb. 1. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. 704-348-4242.

Dance

Chants North Carolina Dance Theatre will conduct an educational performance of Alonzo King's Chants for area schools and homeschool students. Chants delves into African tradition using a cappella chants along with high energy, intense choreography. Fri., Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $7. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-379-1324.

Dance Break North Carolina Dance Theatre 2 (NCDT 2) will give free lunchtime performances in the Duke Power Theatre of Spirit Square. Dance Break gives viewers a chance to experience quality dance up close in a casual atmosphere and is a diversion to the usual lunch break. Box lunches from Something Classic will be available. Jan. 20-22, 12:15-1 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

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