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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

The Charlotte Symphony Pops with Linda Eder Eder returns for her second performance with the Charlotte Symphony Pops. Conductor Albert-George Schram will lead the concerts, which will feature an evening of standards, Broadway hits and selections from Eder's most recent recordings. Oct. 25-26, 8 p.m. $15-64. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600.

Fall Choral Concert The concert will be held in Belk Chapel. Wed., Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2213.

Grand Vistas and Violins The Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra will feature violinist Pip Clarke in the second concert of the 2002-03 season. Concert selections include Scottish Fantasy by Bruch, Academic Festival by Brahms, and the original movie soundtrack scores to Born Free and Schindler's List. Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. $20. Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-846-2788.

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.

Melange a Trois Stories, mythology and poetry surrounded by the sounds of classical and jazz for cello and guitar. Burwell. Wed., Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2213.

Queen Charlotte Chorus The Queen Charlotte Chorus of Sweet Adelines International present their annual show. Musical selections performed by the 65-member women's chorus paint the pictures of life in the South. Sat., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. $12 adults, $8 youth and seniors. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.

Symphony on the Square A free concert held annually by the Charlotte Symphony at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. Be sure to bring your lunch. Wed., Oct. 23, 12 p.m.

Three Mo' Tenors Marion J. Caffey brought these three voices together to fill the void of African American tenors on the operatic and classical concert stage. In one evening, these tenors cross seven musical forms and span four hundred years of music. Sat., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $18-45. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Twelfth Night with CANTUS This all-male a cappella choir from St. Olaf, Minnesota returns to the McCelvey Center. The Twelfth Night Celebration will follow the concert. Have an opportunity to speak with this group as well as enjoy desserts, coffee and champagne. Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. $12 for CHC members, $15 for non-members. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-684-3948.

University Choirs Concert Free and open to the public. Sun., Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-2472

Variety of Viols Presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Jeff Ferdon will be on hand to help inaugurate the treble viol- the most recent instrument acquired by the ensemble's members. Call or visit www.carolina promusica.org for more information. Fri., Oct. 18, 8:15 p.m. $12 regular admission, $6 for students and seniors. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 704-334-3468.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Completely improvised comedy shows based on your suggestions. Similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Southern and Cajun dinner and drinks are available at the Bayou as well. Tell your server you are there to see the show for proper seating. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for details/reservations. Saturdays, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. 1958 E 7th St. 1-866-467-7681.

*The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, on Friday and Saturday nights, and an additional show on Saturdays at 1am. The 9pm show is non-smoking. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Auditions are twice a year, next set is Nov. 4. Show 272: Oct. 18 & 19, 25 & 26. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

Psychotic Pooch Live Sketch Comedy and Improv. Comedy rated NC-17 for situations and content. Large group rates available. Call for reservations, directions or more info. DJ after-party every Saturday. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

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. Paul Lyon. Oct. 16-19. Craig Shoemaker. Known as "The Love Master," he was the host of the ABC-TV special "Real Funny" and the VH1 game show "My Generation." Oct. 18-19. Judy Tenuta. Tenuta, "The Love Goddess," was the first stand-up to win Best Female Comedian at the American Comedy Awards. Oct. 25-26. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. 704-348-4242.

Dance

Coppelia Danced by the Shanghai Ballet. A full-length ballet in three acts. Choreographed by Pierre Lacotte. Belk Theater. Mon., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. $20-$75. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-527-6680.

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