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Meditation, tango, film series



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.

POP LIFE Charlotte nightlife sucks? Well, yeah ... sometimes it does. To remedy that, the folks at Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen present: Pop Life. What the hell is Pop Life? It's a weekly, multimedia nightlife event featuring art, fashion, live performances and a host of DJs playing the most eclectic blend of music in the city -- from soul to funk to afro-beat, Brazilian, house and more. Pop Life pops off every Wednesday for just three months. Oh yeah ... and complimentary food from 6-9 p.m. so you can start your Hump Night happy. 6 p.m.-until. Prevue (formerly Gilda's), 2901 N. Davidson St, in front of the Highland Lofts.

NODA MICROCINEMA Experimental, World, and Classic cinema. June 16: Best of the Rest Animated Shorts -- castoffs from the NODA Film Festival. Every Saturday, 8 p.m. The NoDa Microcinema is located in the Art House on 3103 Cullman St. For full details:

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:

2007 SUMMER FILM SERIES Remember that screen that pops up at the end of the previews during a new movie, claiming "Silence is Golden," but you know what they're really saying is "Shut up!"? Well, apparently, this is a true statement. Again, a silent film is featured, this time around it's Buster Keaton vs. Waterfall in Our Hospitality, as part of the free All About Mank: Classic Films of Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Upcoming titles - June 24: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir; July 1: All About Eve; July 8: Guys and Dolls; July 15: The Barefoot Contessa (shown at Main Library's Francis Auditorium); July 22: Suddenly, Last Summer; July 29: Sleuth. Each film begins at 2 p.m. at ImaginOn Library's Wachovia Theater.

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 or

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