‘Traditional Pottery: Back to the Future’
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $25 ($20 for Mint members). www.mintmuseum.org.
The day-long symposium’s keynote speaker is Garth Clark, a nationally noted writer and advocate of ceramics. Other speakers include Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and Charlotte V. Wainwright. Lunch is included.
7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $20. 704-972-2000.
Founded by a national group that helps African-American and Latino musicians pursue careers in classical music, the string orchestra will play an hourlong concert after video tributes to the eight artists and educators receiving the Arts & Science Council’s ASC Honors.
8 p.m. (also Oct. 19-20). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $15-$20. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Her one-hour stand-up special, “Mostly Sex Stuff,” is Comedy Central’s second-highest-rated special of the year. She also killed at the Comedy Central roasts of Roseanne Barr and Charlie Sheen.
Architecture + Film
Reception at 6 p.m., film screening at 7. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. $10 ($8 for members). 704-353-9200.
To be featured: The 1996 documentary “Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect,” a look inside the iconic 56-foot-by-32-foot rectangular home that Johnson designed and lived in until his death in 2005.
Waves go off every half-hour from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway. $84. www.herorush.com/NC.
Designed by veteran firefighters, the 5K course is studded with more than a dozen obstacles challenges; you’ll climb ladders, crawl through windows, navigate a smoky maze and climb through debris in a hoarder’s basement. There are a few surprises, too.