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Arts Agenda

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

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Classical Music

Cabaret Night The Boys and Girls Choirs at St. Peter's present this program featuring Grammy Award Nominee Tom Chapin in the McGlohon Theatre. Wed., Oct. 30, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $7-60. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Chamber Music at St. Peter's November's performance features La Bonne Chanson, Opus 61. Gabriel Faure set to music this Paul Verlaine love poem about a young man who longs through a daydream to be with his lover. Tue., Nov. 5, 12:10 p.m. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition The public is invited to attend. Competitors begin performing at 10am. Call for more information. Sat., Nov. 9. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2356.

Elizabeth Ransom and Joseph Pecoraro The flute and guitar duo will present a Concert Series performance. The program begins at 8pm. Call for tickets. Mon., Nov. 11. $15 general admission, $10 seniors. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

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.

Music for Carnival Presented by the Charlotte Civic Orchestra. David Crowe will lead the orchestra in a performance of his original children's works. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Sun., Nov. 3, 3 p.m. $8 adults, $6 seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-344-0098.

Music, Noise, Silence! The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will present Music, Noise, Silence! featuring the Magic Circle Mime Company. Come early at 10am for an interactive Pre-Concert Festival. Associate Conductor David Tang will lead the performance. This is the first concert of the Charlotte Symphony Lollipops Series, a set of four concerts designed for young listeners ages 4-9, their parents and grandparents. Sat., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. $8-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Musical Interlude Mezzo-soprano Diane Thornton will present a lunchtime concert. She will be accompanied by pianist Ruskin Cooper, and Davidson music student Monica Slinkard will perform Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66. Tue., Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2356.

Opera Workshop Concert The ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jane Dillard, will perform scenes from "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Douglas Moore, "The Medium" by Gian Carlo Menotti, and a short Christmas opera called "St. Nicholas" by Richard Shepard. Thu., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-2599.

Pianist Christopher O'Riley O'Riley performs with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as they welcome guest conductor Carl St. Clair, conducting the music of Frank Ticheli, Chopin, and Prokofiev. Sat., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $12-60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

United States Naval Academy Men's Glee Club & The Charlotte Symphony Pops Salute American Heroes Albert-George Schram will lead the concerts, which will feature Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and patriotic selections including Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Star-Spangled Banner. www.charlottesymphony.org. Nov. 8-9, 8 p.m. $15-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-1000.

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.

Cricket Arena Latham Entertainment Presents. The show highlights comedians Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley, Sommore and DL Hughley and is hosted by J. Anthony Brown. Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. $35.50 in advance, $37.50 day of show. 2700 E Independence Blvd. 704-522-6500.

* 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 #3 is every Thursday in Oct. at 9:30pm. 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. Continues through Jan. 8. 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. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. 704-348-4242.

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