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Things to do in Charlotte for $5 or less

WINTER FILM SERIES This latest batch of classic films centers on breakthrough efforts by world-famous directors. The remainder of the schedule consists of Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express (Feb. 26), Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (March 5) and Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run (March 19). All films will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Wachovia Theater at ImaginOn; admission is free. For more info, call 704-336-6217.

TANGO & TAPAS Patou and the Charlotte Tango Society host this free informal lesson on the Argentinian tango, perfect for making friends. Learn this sensual dance and improve existing skills with instructor Daniel Arredondo. Monday nights at 7 p.m. Patou, A French Bistro, 1315 East Blvd. Call 704-376-2233 or visit www.patoubistro.com or www.passionfortango.com.

LEARN TO MEDITATE Take it from loyal practitioners of meditation: There's nothing like it to take the stress of your workday off your shoulders. That's why the Pain & Rehab Institute is offering a free class in the breathing techniques and imagery used in ancient qi gong meditation (betcha didn't know there was more than one kind). The office is located at 128 E. Plaza Drive in Mooresville. Classes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Call 704-649-1629 to get started on the path to serenity.

GLOVER MICROCINEMA Experimental, World, and Classic cinema. Feb. 17: PASTORAL: To Live and Die in Country (Hide and Seek); Dead Man. Every Saturday, 4 & 8 p.m. The Glover Microcinema is located in the Art House on 3103 Cullman St. For full details: www.nodamicrocinema.blogspot.com.

CHARLOTTE COMEDY THEATRE Have ya been moping around, feeling a little blue? Then here's the thing for you! Check out Sunday's Open Mic Jam, a combo of comedy, spoken word, music, you name it. Show at 7 p.m.; $3. New location: CCT now operates out of the SK Netcafé, 1425 Elizabeth Ave. Call for reservations 1-866-467-7681. Web: www.charlottecomedy.com.

SHRED YOUR EX! Buckhead Saloon and 96.1 "The Beat" have partnered to present a perfectly vengeful Anti-Valentine's Day bash. Patrons are invited to bring an item belonging to an ex to sacrifice to the woodchipper as a way of saying "Up Yours!" to love. There will be drink specials ($2 Bud Lights & $4 well drinks, so recent ex's are warned stay clear) as well as prize giveaways every hour and music by Hot Sauce. No cover. Buckhead is located at the corner of 5th and College Streets. 704-370-0687.

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