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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.

POP LIFE Charlotte nightlife sucks? Well, yeah ... sometimes it does. To remedy that, the folks at Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen present: Pop Life. What the hell is Pop Life? It's a weekly, multimedia nightlife event featuring art, fashion, live performances and a host of DJs playing the most eclectic blend of music in the city -- from soul to funk to afro-beat, Brazilian, house and more. Pop Life starts tonight and pops off every Wednesday for just three months. Oh yeah ... and complimentary food from 6-9 p.m. so you can start your Hump Night happy. 6 p.m. - until. Prevue (formerly Gilda's), 2901 N. Davidson St, in front of the Highland Lofts.

NODA MICROCINEMA Experimental, World, and Classic cinema. June 2: Charlotte Premiere -- The Tuner by Russian filmmaker Kira Muratova. Every Saturday, 8 p.m. The NoDa Microcinema is located in the Art House on 3103 Cullman St. For full details: www.nodamicrocinema.blogspot.com.

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.

REMEMBRANCE CONCERT Called "one of the most transcendent choral works of modern times," John Rutter's Requiem will be the centerpiece of a performance by One Voice Chorus benefitting RAIN, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. It's being held to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to illness, violence or time. Audience members are invited to submit the names of loved ones to be read aloud during a special portion of the program. The Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte will also perform as special guests. The free concert will be held Saturday, June 2 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. Begins at 7 p.m. www.onevoicechorus.com.

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.

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