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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

Carolina Baroque Sun., Feb. 23, 5 p.m. Free. Saint James Lutheran Church, 104 Union Street South, Concord. 704-786-1063.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra South Carolina's only full-time professional orchestra. Held in Byrnes Auditorium. Tue., March 4, 7 p.m. $5 w/ Winthrop ID, $15 general admission. Tickets available at the Arts Council of Rock Hill and York County. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra A special chamber ensemble concert showcasing brass, woodwind, percussion and strings sections of the CSYO in a variety of music works ranging from Bach to Janacek. Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 students/seniors. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-972-2003.

Contemporary Cuban Music w/ Habana Sax Representing the evolution and confluence of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Salsa, Latin jazz and Brazilian rhythms, this quintet delivers an array of styles. Held in the Hannah Covington McGee Theatre in the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center. Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. $15 per person. Wingate University. 704-233-8300.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Presenting a concert of selections by Vivaldi and Mozart. Featuring violinist Susan Stroebel and trumpeters David Jemison and Elliot Palmer. Wed., Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2357.

First Tuesday Concerts Felix Mendelssohn's Trio in D Minor for violin, cello and piano. Concerts held at 12:10pm and 5:30pm. Tue., March 4. Free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

A Gold Medal Winning Evening The Benefit Concert and Reception to raise money for Chamber Music at St. Peter's. Ticket prices are $70 for the concert and reception; $30 for the concert. Featuring the 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal Winner, Jon Nakamatsu. Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St. 704-335-0009.

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, Morrocroft, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Khac Chi Ensemble Experience music from Vietnam as the Khac Chi Ensemble uses rare and unique instruments native to their country. These artists offer a glimpse into the musical traditions of Vietnam. Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine catered by Thi Lee, owner of Pho 98, a Vietnamese restaurant. Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. $12 CHC members, $15 non-members. McCelvey Center, York, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. 803-684-3948.

Lift Up Your Head A black history concert presented by The Mass Choir of the Second Calvary Baptist Church and The Charlotte Interdenominational Mass Choir. Sun., Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. Second Calvary Baptist Church, 114 Nelson Ave. 704-399-0378.

More than Lute! Songs by Morley, Dowland in consort, 18th century works for lute with guest artist, Christopher Berg. Presented by Carolina Pro Musica. www.carolinapromusica.org. Fri., Feb. 21, 8:15 p.m. $12 general admission, $6 students/seniors. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 704-334-3468.

A Musical Journey Through the Christian Faith The program consists of organ solo compositions from the Baroque through contemporary periods. The recitalist is Judith K. Tolbert, organist and director of parish music at St. Paul's. Sun., March 2, 3 p.m. Free. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 501 Pine St., Fort Mill. 803-547-5968.

Queens Chamber Players The Solaris Wind Quintet w/ Paul Nitsch, Piano. Featuring works by Scarlatti, Ligeti, Mozart, Bernstein, Blumer and Blauth. Sat., March 1, 8 p.m. $20, adults. Students through college age admitted at no charge. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-337-2213.

United States Army Field Band The Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and more than 30 countries on four continents. Sponsored by the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools Education Foundation and the MACS Band Department. Sun., March 2, 3 p.m. Free. Charlotte Catholic High School. 704-541-8016.

Viva Klezmer! Members of the ensemble include clarinetist Gene Kavadlo, violinist Ali Kavadlo, bassist Ron Brendle and guitarist Mike Mosley. Klezmer music, from which the group takes its name, is commonly described as East European-based Jewish folk music. Wed., Feb. 26, 3 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-2262.

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. 800-467-7681.

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. Ronnie Bullard w/ Paul Hooper. Feb. 19-22. Celebrity Performance. James Gregory, "The Funniest Man in America." Feb. 28-March 1. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit www.thecomedyzone.net. 704-348-4242.

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. Show 280- Feb. 21, 22, 28 & March 1. 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.

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