Charlotte Comedy Festival
8 p.m. Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $57.30-$93.20. 800-745-3000.
The lineup of stand-ups includes Sommore (one of the original “Queens of Comedy”), Eddie Griffin (best known for the movies “Undercover Brother” and “Deuce Bigalow”), Joe Torry (host of “Uptown Comic” on BounceTV) and Bruce Bruce.
8 p.m. (also Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and performances through Feb. 10). Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $25. www.carolinatix.org.
Larry Shue’s comedy is about a man who comes to a Southern town, pretends to speak no English as part of a rest cure and gets embroiled in other people’s troubles.
N.C. Dance: Innovative Works
7:30 p.m. (also Friday and performances through Feb. 16). McBride-Bonnefoux Center, 701 N. Tryon St. $25-$65. www.carolinatix.org.
N.C. Dance Theatre unveils works by Sasha Janes, Dwight Rhoden and Mark Diamond in its intimate 200-seat auditorium.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. $12; $10 for kids and seniors. 704-372-6261.
Opening day for the exhibition, which “takes visitors of all ages on an expedition to investigate the often-bizarre world of modern materials, from natural to man-made.” More than a dozen hands-on experiences offer unique peeks at how scientific innovation – aka “stuff” – works.