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NOV 13 - WEDNESDAY
Joining the Moving Poets 6/15 this time gives you a chance to sample the new performance scene at Hart-Witzen Gallery. Six short new works will deliver an exhilarating cross-section of art forms. Two examples: Jeff Cravotta, lead photographer for Moving Poets' funky season brochure, teams with dancer/choreographer Heather Maloy; and, no kidding, visual artist/scientist Kit Kube explores the analogies of DNA dark matter production and the flatness of the galaxies. Preview at 8pm. Opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. Tickets, $15 ($10 for preview), at 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, for all its popularity, exists somewhere on the border between cheeseball and soap opera: pure innocent Celtic folk-dance bastardized by Radio City glitz and Tolkein mysticism, then married to the demonic production values of Kiss. And every blinding toe tap is the brainchild of a former Riverdance star transparently motivated by greed! Who could resist? It's at Belk Theatre in the Performing Arts Center through Sunday. Call for tickets, $20-$58, at 704-372-1000, or order online at performingartsctr.org. (Tannenbaum)

Struggling actors frequently survive by working "temporarily" in the restaurant biz. Well, the hero of Charlotte Rep's Fully Committed has the dream temp job -- that nightly transforms into an overbooked nightmare -- handling reservations at a posh Upper East Side eatery. Here the super-rich and the showbiz bigwigs who shun him by day are dying to be seen at night. Scott Helm plays Sam -- and 35 other roles in this frenetic one-man comedy. This Rep production is in residence at McGlohon Theatre in Spirit Square. Tickets are $26-$31.50 through Sunday. Call 704-372-1000 or order online at charlotterep.org. (Tannenbaum)

The Latin American Film & Video Festival 2002 continues with a screening of I, the Worst of All today at 7pm, at Wingate University. Admission is free; call 704-687-4635 for details. (Brunson)

NOV 14 - THURSDAY
No, it's not Planet of the Apes, but the second in the popular Art Talks series at Spirit Square. Featured in a combination performance art and lecture will be The Guerilla Girls. They're a group of women artists, writers, performers and filmmakers who disguise themselves in gorilla masks and adopt the names of deceased female artists to expose the discrimination hiding beneath the surface of politics, the art world and our culture in general. They first hit the collective radar in "85 when MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in New York opened an exhibition labeled as "the definitive survey of contemporary art." While the exhibition featured 169 artists, it only contained the works of 13 women, none of whom were artists of color. The Guerilla Girls took their outrage to the streets with posters and performances exposing the lack of respect and support, not to mention opportunities, for women artists. Tonight at 7pm in the Duke Power Theater at Spirit Square, Art Talks will address the influence these women have had on dealers, critics, collectors and curators as they work to shake up the arts community to its sexist little core. Tickets are $5 and free parking is available at 7th Street Station. For more information call 704-332-5535. (McKinney)

NOV 16-SATURDAY
The powwow at the Charlotte Museum of History's 3rd Annual Native American Heritage Festival will include dancers, music, storytelling and crafts. In conjunction with the museum's exhibit on Native American Plant Remedies, Cherokee healer Freeman Owle will be on hand to discuss herbal remedies. The festival will be held today from 11am-4pm at the museum. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children (ages 4-12) and $6 for students/seniors. Call 704-568-1774 for more information. (Herman)

Glen Tilbrook is best known for the high quality pop tunes he's done with the band Squeeze, but tonight he'll bring his "Solo & Exposed Tour" to Amos' Southend. In addition to the work he's done with Squeeze, Tilbrook has appeared on records by Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler and Aimee Mann among others. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For showtime or more details, call the club at 704-377-6874 or check out amossouthend.com. (Farris)

NOV 19-TUESDAY
The dazzling technique. The dreamy looks. The wildly successful crossover projects. And the dreamy looks. Classical violin sensation Joshua Bell comes to the Performing Arts Center with plenty of popularity, a brace of prestigious awards, and a program of classics you haven't heard him play on CD. Accompanied by the lordly Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the 30-something heartthrob will play violin concerti by Bach and Haydn. He should be fairly secure with the Haydn by the time this Carolinas Concert Association event begins -- Bell's playing the thing in 15 straight concerts during his current tour. Tickets for the ninth iteration can be pleaded for at 704-527-6680. (Tannenbaum)

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