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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


2003 Jazz Discovery Music Festival Jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm will perform with Bill Mays, Rufus Reid and Ed Soph followed by The Winthrop University Jazz Ensemble. In addition, the festival will also include performances by area high school bands throughout the day as well as a master class with the Marvin Stamm Quartet at 4pm. Sat., March 15, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the evening concert are $15. Northwestern High School Auditorium, 2503 W. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-981-1225.


American Dinner Concert Presented by the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. Featuring works by Leonard Bernstein, Antonin Dvorak and Louis Spohr with guest conductor, Alexander Kordzaia. Dinner served at 6pm, concert at 7pm. Reservations for dinner are required by March 8. March 15. $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, $17 families (up to 2 adults + children). First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. 704-344-0098.


Andy Skaggs, Trombone Recital Fri., March 7, 8 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC.


Brass Quintets Concert Thu., March 6, 8 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC.


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, Morrocroft, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.


The Jazz Review Contemporary jazz. Art on display provided by Edna Frye-grace. Featuring prize giveaways and complimentary wine. Fridays, 5-10 p.m. $5. Charlene's Cuisine & Catering, 631 N. Tryon St. 704-289-8495.


La Maurache Carolina Pro Musica with assistance from Francaise de Charlotte will host the only North Carolina visit of this Parisian ensemble. The program includes French music by Machaut and Villon and some music of the English Renaissance. Fri., March 14, 8:15 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 students. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 704-334-3468.


Liederabend Concert Davidson College students will perform art songs, oratorio arias and repertoire from the musical theatre genre. Sun., March 16, 4 p.m. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2244.


Lunchtime Concert Artist Associate Diane Thornton will perform Brahm's Two Songs for Alto Voice and Piano with Viola, Op. 91. Tue., March 11, 12:30 p.m. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2244.


Mediterranean Sunset The Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin joins the Charlotte Symphony with Andre Raphel Smith conducting. The concert includes works by Mendelssohn, Rouse and Ravel. March 7-8, 8 p.m. $12-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.


Organ Music Jay Oden, organist/music associate at First United Methodist in Gastonia will present a concert on the Abbey Basilica's grand organ. Tue., March 11, 8 p.m. Free. Donations will be accepted. Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.


St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys The choir is considered by major critics both here and abroad to be the finest choral ensemble of the Anglican musical tradition in the United States today. Tue., March 18, 8 p.m. $20. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.


We're Off! Concert selections include favorites from The Wizard of Oz, Gershwin's An American in Paris, Alfven's Swedish Rhapsody and more. March 15, 8pm. The concert is also being performed at Unity Place in Gastonia on March 14 at 8pm. $20. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-846-2788.

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.


The Comedy Zone "The Funniest Man in America". James Gregory. March 7-8. 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. special showtimes for James Gregory: Fri., 8pm & 10:15pm; Sat., 7pm, 9pm & 11pm. Wednesdays. Vinnie Coppolla w/ Keith Alberstadt. March 5-6. "Song Boy" Pat Godwin w/ Mike Siscoe. March 12-15. Diane Ford. Voted best female stand-up. March 19-22. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. 704-348-4242.


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. Show 280- Feb. 28 & March 1. March 7 & 8: Audience Favorites at 9pm; Doug Stanhope at 11pm & 1am. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$9 with students/military I.D. Stanhope tickets are $15. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.


Southend Performing Arts Center Extreme Improv: The Desparate for Attention Players. Call for reservations or email scott@extreme improv.com. Sat., March 8, 9:30 p.m. $3. 201 Rampart St. 1-866-467-7681.

Dance


Cinderella Presented by Charlotte Youth Ballet. Senior/student showings will be held at 9:30am & 11:30am. An evening performance for the general public will be held at 7:30pm. Fri., March 14. $10-$20 adults, $6-$16 children. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-335-3100.

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