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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.

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. New location: CCT now operates out of the SK Netcafé, 1425 Elizabeth Ave. Call for reservations 1-866-467-7681. Web: www.charlottecomedy.com.

NODA MICROCINEMA Experimental, World, and Classic cinema. May 5: Land of Look Behind -- Charlotte premiere offering a glimpse inside the lives of Jamaica's people; catered meal, vegan friendly. Every Saturday, 4 & 8 p.m. The Glover Microcinema is located in the Art House on 3103 Cullman St. For full details: www.nodamicrocinema.blogspot.com.

DISTINCTIVE LAUGHS Tired of the same old comedy club acts? A brand-new comedy night has dropped on the scene. Wednesdays, you're invited to experience underground comedy (shh, keep it low). Show at 8 p.m.; $5 cover. Location: The WineUp, 3306 N. Davidson St. Contact: charlottecomedy@gmail.com.

PHIL AND TONY'S End your week with sabor and join us at Charlotte's only all Salsa destination designed for salseros, by salseros. Featuring beginner & intermediate salsa lessons from 9-10:30 p.m. Dancing to over 90 percent salsa, mambo & cha cha cha. Professional performances by Carolina Salseros & Guests. Location: Arboretum Shopping Center, 8136 Providence Road -- Sundays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Info: www.CarolinaSalseros.com or 704-496-0799.

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.

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