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

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Classical Music

Chamber Music at St. Peter's The First Tuesday at Noon Concert features the String Quintet in C Major, K. 515 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. There will be a repeat of the noon concert program at 5:30pm, marking the debut of the First Tuesday AfterWork Concerts. A reception will be held to celebrate the new series at Hodges-Taylor Gallery following the evening performance. Tue., Jan. 7. Free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

Charlotte Symphony Classics: Fire and Ice Guest conductor, Susanna Malkki makes her US debut with the Charlotte Symphony and Russian pianist, Lilya Zilberstein. The evening's program includes Sibelius' Finlandia, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 "Inextinguishable." Jan. 10-11, 8 p.m. $12-$60. 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.

Swing in the New Year Featuring guest artist, Paul Green. Concert selections include Strauss' Blue Danube, Cheek to Cheek, Sing, Sing, Sing, Tschaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz and Blue Tango. The performance will take place in the Belk Theater. Presented by the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra. Sat., Jan. 4, 8 p.m. $15-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-846-2788.

Comedy

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. Audience Favorites Part 2: Continues through Jan. 4. 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. Allyn Ball & Al Ernst. Dec. 31-Jan. 4. Scott Angrave w/ Mike Speanburg. Jan. 8-11. The Comedy Magic of Great Scott. Wed., Jan. 15. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. 704-348-4242.

Dance

An Evening of Middle Eastern Dance Fariba Homesley performs a wide variety of Arabic and Persian dances in authentic Middle Eastern-designed and handcrafted costumes. Rescheduled from Dec. 6 due to the ice storm. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Fri., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. $10 general public, $8 International House members. International House, 322 Hawthorne Lane. 704-333-8099.

Museums

Charlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Highways & Byways of Our State. A photographic road trip of eclectic NC sites and scenes, all viewed from the state's Highways and Byways, using archival images from Our State: North Carolina magazine. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Jan. 12. 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.

Levine Museum of the New South Americanos: Latino Life in the United States. An exhibition presenting an intimate portrait of the Latino community through the work of 30 prize-winning photographers. The museum will also feature oral histories and artifacts from the Charlotte-area Latino community. Continues through Jan. 20. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. The nation's most comprehensive museum interpretation of post-Civil War southern history. Tue.-Sun. Pen and Ink Politics: Thomas Nast's Reconstruction-era Cartoons and African American Equality. Learn about the rise of the political cartoon in America through some of the earliest ones by Thomas Nast. Dec. 24-Sept. 29. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.

Mint Museum of Art Celebrating the Legacy of Romare Bearden. A juried exhibition co-sponsored with McColl Center for Visual Art. North and South Carolina artists' works were selected by David C. Driskell and reflect the inspiration of Romare Bearden. The exhibition is in two parts: one half at the Mint Museum of Art and one half at Spirit Square. Continues through Feb. 23, 2003. Colonial Williamsburg Collection. Since the 1930's Colonial Williamsburg has amassed the nation's largest collection of Southern furniture. Fifty-two examples of the cabinetmaker's trade illustrate the cultural diversity of the early South. Continues through Jan. 26. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

Mint Museum of Craft & Design Coming of Age. Traces the evolution of the museum's collection (1937 to the present), illustrating the work of some of the 20th and 21st century's craftspeople and designers. Tue.-Sun. Continues through April 6. Currents In Craft. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. Point of View: Public and Private Collecting Part I. Point of View demonstrates how materials, techniques and themes guide collectors on their quest to shape meaningful collections. Continues through Feb. 23. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Ongoing exhibit. Tue.-Sun. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.

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