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MILESTONE FILM SERIES Not your average movie viewing house, not your average movies. The folks behind this series have a fondness for theme nights. This week's offerings include: March 28: Pirates of the Caribbean Double Feature -- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, dubbed The Classic (early show, 7 p.m.); Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest, The New Release (late show, 10 p.m.). Held at the Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road. Info: www.themilestoneclub.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.

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.

DISTINCTIVE LAUGHS Tired of the same old comedy club acts? A brand-new comedy night has dropped on the scene. Wednesdays, you're invited to experience underground comedy (shh, keep it low). Show at 8 p.m.; $5 cover. Location: The WineUp, 3306 N. Davidson St. Contact: charlottecomedy@gmail.com.

PHIL AND TONY'S End your week with sabor and join us at Charlotte's only all Salsa destination designed for salseros, by salseros. Featuring beginner & intermediate salsa lessons from 9-10:30 p.m. Dancing to over 90 percent salsa, mambo & cha cha cha. Professional performances by Carolina Salseros & Guests. Location: Arboretum Shopping Center, 8136 Providence Road -- Sundays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Info: www.CarolinaSalseros.com or 704-496-0799.

GOOD KARMA DRIVE OK, it's a given that every once-in-while we let our dark sides out to wreak havoc on our fellow mankind. Instant karma cleanser: helping the homeless. Yoga mats are needed for a Community Yoga partnership at the Urban Ministry. During the month of April, Dr. Tony Peters will collect new and gently used mats in selected yoga studios in South Charlotte, as well as in his chiropractic office, 2727 South Blvd. Drop-off hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 704-521-1389.

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