CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Though the original Renaissance took place over 500 years ago, the Carolina version celebrates its thirteenth anniversary. In keeping with the spirit of its European origins, our festival features a medieval amusement park, a 9-stage theater, a 20-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast. The grounds are located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. Merriment is only held on weekends, Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7 - Nov. 19, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. $5-$17. Info: 704-869-5544.
CHARLOTTE COMEDY THEATRE Have ya been moping around, feeling a little blue? Then here's the thing for you! Check out Sunday's Open Mic Jam, a combo of comedy, spoken word, music, you name it. Show at 7 p.m.; $3. The location is 1308 D the Plaza. Call for reservations 1-866-467-7681. Web: www.charlottecomedy.com.
FRIGHT FLICKS FILM FEST Pre-Halloween slate of horror movies continues through October at Ballantyne Village Theatre. Oct. 20-22 & Oct. 27-29: Night of the Living Dead. Tickets are $5. For details, call 704-369-5101 or go to www.BallantyneVillage.com.
LAUGHTER YOGA CLASS Laughter Yoga combines simple laughter exercises (simulated laughter) and gentle yoga breathing, which turns into real laughter when practiced in a group. This free class will be facilitated by Phyllis Rollins at The Yoga Center, 1940 E. 8th Street. Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Go online to www.8thstreetstudio.com or call 707-372-4289 for details.
LEARN TO MEDITATE Take it from loyal practitioners of meditation: There's nothing like it to take the stress of your workday off your shoulders. That's why the Pain & Rehab Institute is offering a free class in the breathing techniques and imagery used in ancient qi gong meditation (betcha didn't know there was more than one kind). The office is located at 128 E. Plaza Drive in Mooresville. Classes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Call 704-649-1629 to get started on the path to serenity.
CAR CARE TECH SESSIONS Hosted by new partners The Complete Garage and Griot's Garage. National experts show customers how to properly detail your car. The Complete Garage, The Village at Oakhurst, 9606 Bailey Rd, Cornelius, NC. Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.; Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 704-895-5800 or www.completegarage.com.
SALSA NIGHTS Be Shakira for a night and prove that your "Hips Don't Lie" at the free Latin-style dance lessons offered at the Loft, 1526 Elizabeth Ave. Learn salsa, merengue, bachata and more. Touting "celebrity instructors," this joint gets hips swiveling every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Hit www.hispanos-usa.com or call 704-333-5898.
TANGO & TAPAS Patou and the Charlotte Tango Society host this free informal lesson on the Argentinian tango, perfect for making friends. Learn this sensual dance and improve existing skills with instructor Daniel Arredondo. Monday nights at 7 p.m. Patou, A French Bistro, 1315 East Blvd. Call 704-376-2233 or visit www.patoubistro.com or www.passionfortango.com.
RUBEN STUDDARD CONCERT Ruben Studdard arrives in Charlotte for a one-night only performance hosted by Power 98 and V101.9. The American Idol Season Two winner stops by to promote his third album on Clive Davis' J Records, The Return. It's a free show for club members and attendees with a radio flyer. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. For more info, log onto www.tempocharlotte.com.
GLOVER MICROCINEMA A new series featuring the "The Complete Terence Davies" begin this week on Tuesday nights. Upcoming titles include: Madonna and Child and The Long Day Closes (Oct. 24); Death and Transfiguration and The Neon Bible (Monday, Oct. 30); The House of Mirth (Oct. 31). Experimental Film: 9 Signposts: Sundays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 12, 4 p.m. The Glover Microcinema is located in the Art House on 3103 Cullman St. For full details: www.glovermicrocinema.blogspot.com.