Doors open at 8 p.m. Whisky River at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. $10 in advance. www.thewhiskyriver.com/charlotte.
Whisky River and owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. kick off the 2013 NASCAR season with a party headlined by the Bellamy Brothers, the American pop/country music duo comprised of David and Homer Bellamy and responsible for 1976 hit “Let Your Love Flow.”
WIN TICKETS! To enter to win a four-pack of tickets (we have two four-packs to give away), check out www.charlotteobserver.com/contests. Deadline: 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4.
A supernatural love story set in the South, “Beautiful Creatures” tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Details: Beautifulcreatures.warnerbros.com.
WIN TICKETS! “Beautiful Creatures” (rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material) opens Thursday, Feb. 14 … but an advance screening of the film is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in south Charlotte. To enter to win two passes, email your name and age to CLT@charlotteobserver.com and write “Beautiful Creatures” in the subject line. Winners will be selected at random. Deadline is midnight Sunday.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. (also Feb. 9). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.. $23.50-$83.50. carolinatix.org.
Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Walton’s Viola Concerto (played by the CSO’s Rebekah Newman) are on the bill.
NASCAR Acceleration Weekend
7 a.m.-5 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $20 (includes entry into both the Hall of Fame and the NASCAR preview event). NASCARAcceleration.com.
NASCAR fans can interact with and get autographs from the sport’s legends and current stars – including Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon – in Q&A sessions and games, and get a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Kicking off the weekend: the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8.
WIN TICKETS! To enter to win a pair of Acceleration Weekend tickets (we have two pairs to give away), check out www.charlotteobserver.com/contests. Deadline: 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4.