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CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts indicates critics' picks.

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Classical Music

Allan Rosenfeld This Charlotte Symphony clarinetist will present a series of solo recitals featuring the clarinet and bass clarinet. Concerts, all starting at 8pm, will be Jan. 15 at Dana Auditorium, Queens University; Jan. 19 at Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College; and Jan. 22 at the Recital Hall, Winthrop University. Jan. 15, 19 & 22. Free. 704-568-1095.

Chanticleer Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer has developed a reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature. Presented in Belk Theater by the Carolinas Concert Association. Tue., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. $25-$85. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-527-6680.

Charlotte Symphony Lollipops Fanfare for the Common Kid: A Copland Tribute to Heidi Joyce. Pre-concert festival at 10am. Sat., Jan. 25, 11 a.m. $8-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

A Colonial Era Salute Saluting the closing week of the exhibition, Furniture of the American South, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection. A Charlotte Symphony Orchestra string ensemble will perform music that would have been heard and played in America in the 18th century. Sun., Jan. 19, 3 p.m. Free with museum admission. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

Daybreak of Freedom The 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert. One of Charlotte's signature King Day celebrations, Daybreak of Freedom is a concert highlighting the civil rights struggle and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented by the Charlotte Symphony and held in Belk Theater. Mon., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. $5-$27. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Jazz & Classical Essentials Sunday Brunch Borders will be playing jazz and classical music from their essential catalogs. Coffee and pastry provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. Borders, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Jennifer Holliday Holliday, a Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress and singer, debuts with the Charlotte Symphony Pops. Jan. 24-25, 8 p.m. $15-$33. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

The Luther College Nordic Choir The choir will perform a varied program of both sacred and secular pieces. The concert will include works by Bach, Poulenc, Hovland, Gretchaninoff and Mendelssohn among others. Wed., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. $12. Myers Park Baptist Church. 704-334-7232.

Providence Recital Series The chamber music concert features Beethoven's Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20 with Paul Huppert, violin; Suzanne Lefevre, viola; Dru De Van, clarinet; Lori Tiberio, bassoon; Frank Portone, horn; Matthew Lavin, cello and Jeff Ferdon, double bass. Sun., Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-366-7442.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Live improvised comedy created from your suggestions. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for more information. Call for reservations. Saturdays, 8 p.m. $5. 1958 E 7th St. 1-800-467-7681.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, & 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. The 9pm show is non-smoking. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$9 with students/military I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

The Comedy Zone College Night and "SIN" (Service Industry Workers) Night. Get free admission for the 8pm show and with your Comedy Zone ticket, get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe. Wednesdays. The Comedy Magic of Great Scott. Wed., Jan. 15. Michael Winslow. Star of the Police Academy movies and the man of 10,000 sound effects. Jan. 16-18. Akintundae & BC. Jan. 22-25. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. 704-348-4242.

Dance

Dance Break North Carolina Dance Theatre 2 (NCDT 2) will give free lunchtime performances in the Duke Power Theatre of Spirit Square. Dance Break gives viewers a chance to experience quality dance up close in a casual atmosphere and is a diversion to the usual lunch break. Box lunches from Something Classic will be available. Jan. 20-22, 12:15-1 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

A Winter Festival of Dance A showcase event. The GDT dance company will be joined by civic dance companies from across the state as they perform original works of choreography in a variety of dance styles. Sat., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. Gaston Dance Theatre, 201 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia. 704-865-5943.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Soldier's Stories: War in the First Person. Multimedia exhibit in the Millennium Gallery tells the personal stories of war as shared through the written and recorded war-time correspondence of soldiers from the region. A Charlotte Shout event. Continues through Sept. 30, 2003. Regular Museum admission. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.

Gaston County Museum of Art & History Carolinas Textile Exhibit- The Ties That Bind. Interactive displays, engaging scale models, authentic artifacts and photos detail how the textile industry transformed the economy, technology and communities of the new south. Tue.-Sun. 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-852-6025.

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