7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $43.10. 800-745-3000.
She’s an actress (with film credits including “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”) and a former NFL cheerleader, but Johnson is best known for the “MADtv” sketches in which she played fast food worker Bon Qui Qui and a Vietnamese nail salon employee.
Palladium Night: Fall for Salsa
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Metropolitan Ballroom, 2935 Providence Road, Suite 200. $20 at the door. www.metropolitan-ballroom.com.
The dance event – which celebrates the arrival of fall – includes “surprise performances,” guest DJ Steve Greene, and prizes awarded via raffle. Dress code will be strictly enforced: No jeans, sneakers or T-shirts.
8 p.m. (also Friday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $27.50-$83.50. 704-972-2000.
To launch the season’s Classics concerts, the orchestra and conductor Christopher Warren-Green devote the entire program to Beethoven, including his Fourth Piano Concerto – with Brazilian pianist Arnaldo Cohen – and his cheery Fourth Symphony.
7 and 9:30 p.m. (also 8 and 10:15 p.m.. Friday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20-$22.50. 980-321-4702.
The comedian – one of the original stars of “In Living Color” – brings jokes to Charlotte for the second time this month. During the DNC, Davidson, D.L. Hughley and Aries Spears joined forces for the One World Comedy Jam at Belk Theater.