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Classical Music

Charlotte Symphony The Charlotte Symphony, led by guest conductor Peter Oundjian, will perform Smetana's The Moldau, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Markus Groh, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. www.charlottesymphony.org. Jan. 23; Jan. 24, 8 p.m. $14 - $64. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Davidson College Concert Choir & Chamber Singers A performance of works ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, and from motets to spirituals. Davidson College Presbyterian Church Sanctuary. Thu., Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Free. 704-894-2357.

Daybreak of Freedom The Charlotte Symphony will present its Seventh Annual community concert honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. www.charlottesymphony.org. Mon., Jan. 19, 7 p.m. $8-$30. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

The Jose White String Quartet An award-winning ensemble from Mexico will give a concert featuring Haydn's "The Lark" Quartet, Beethoven's (Razoumovsky) Quartet Opus 59 #3, a work by the Spanish composer Turina and music by Cuban composer Jose White from whom the ensemble takes its name. Wed., Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Free, contributions accepted. Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.

Katia and Marielle Labeque A duo pianist performance by internationally acclaimed aratists, presented by Carolinas Concert Association. Tue., Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

The Mozart Experience The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra presents The Mozart Experience with special guests the Magic Circle Mime Company under the direction of Resident Conductor Alan Yamamoto. www.charlottesymphony.org. Sat., Jan. 17, 11 a.m. $8-$18. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Chicago style long form show Friday nights at 8pm ($5) and joined by Psychotic Pooch for twisted comedy at 10pm ($10). www.extremeimprov.com. Saturday nights short form show with audience suggestions, 8pm ($10). 1958 E 7th St. 704-502-8423.

The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Jan. 14-18: Pablo Francisco with Keith Alberstadt; Jan. 21-24 Matt Davis. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Evening Muse Psychotic Pooch. A brand new improv comedy show, with new material. Psychotic Pooch shows are for adult audiences. Sat., Jan. 17, 9 p.m. $5. 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-502-8423.

Dance

North Carolina Dance Festival The performances are presented by Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works and feature a different program each night.www.mckineticworks.org. Jan. 15; Jan. 16; Jan. 17, 8 p.m. $15 advance, $18 at door. Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. 704-338-1533.

A Winter Festival of Dance Featuring civic dance companies from across the region. Warlick Performing Arts Center, Gaston Day School. Sat., Jan. 17, 7 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. 704-865-5943.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History The Faces of Our State. Through June 2004. Powerful Persuaders: World War II Posters. Guns, tanks, and bombs may have been the chief weapons of World War II, but there were other forms of warfare. Propaganda posters waged an ongoing campaign for the hearts and minds of the American people. Through Sept. 1. Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Continues through Sept. 30, 2004. Where Eagles Soar. This collaborative exhibit with the Carolina Raptor Center compares and contrasts eagles in their natural habitats with their symbolic and historical importance. Exhibit runs through Apr. 4. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.

Discovery Place Machine Shop. Get a lift from the pulley, spin wheels, gears and learn about inclined planes and more. Daily. Mix & Max: Omnimax after hours. The program is aimed at anyone looking for something different on Friday night. Live music, Omnimax films, food and cash bar. Third Friday of every month. $10 members $12 (non-members). Omnimax. Now showing: Space Station, Top Speed, and Journey Into Amazing Caves. Call or visit website for times, www.discoveryplace.org. Speed. Exhibit and experience delivering a high-speed plunge into the world of high-performance, limit-stretching and barrier-smashing motion. Through Feb. 2004. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.

Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Focus on Justice: Carolina Photographers and the Carolina Piedmont. Exhibit featuring photographs documenting the regional Civil Rights movement as seen through the eyes of Carolina photographers. Jan. 7-29. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art All Aglow. Through February 15, 2004. Delhom Service League Meeting. Speaker: Beth Coleman, discussing "Three Hundred Years of Candlesticks." Tue., Jan. 20, 10 a.m. Fashions of the Crinoline Era: 1840-1865. Eight mid 19th century crinoline fashions, featuring wide hoop skirts, from the museum's costume collection are currently on display. Through May 2004. Windows into Heaven. "Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons," from the Robicsek Collection of Religious Art, presents a group of 65 18th and 19th century Russian icons. Through Feb. 15, 2004. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Spectrum: The Sculpture of Jon Kuhn. Works in blown glass. Through Mar. 21, 2004. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Jan. 20: The Wine Classification of 1855 vs American Viticultural AreasBordeaux/ California, Oregon, Washington State. History of the Paris Exhibition 1855. American System in 1978. Premier Cru Status/ Estate Status. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. $30. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

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