Wed 10.9 The true story of Capt. Richard Phillips (here played by Tom Hanks) and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.
WIN TICKETS: “Captain Phillips” (rated PG-13) opens Friday, Oct. 11, but an advance screening of the film is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in south Charlotte. To enter to win a pair of passes via random drawing, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Captain Phillips” in the subject line and your name, age and city of residence in the body of the email. Deadline: 11:59p.m. Sunday.
Thu 10.10 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $34.50-$69.50. www.carolinatix.org.
At 76, the Rock and Hall of Famer and Grammy-winning blues guitarist is one of the last survivors from the early Chicago blues tradition. Local singer Donna Duncan opens.
Thu 10.10 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $19.50-$44.50. www.carolinatix.org.
Her “Sandyland” show blends theater, standup, rock ’n’ roll and elements of burlesque and cabaret. She’s accompanied by her band, the Flawless Zircons.
Thu 10.10 7:30 p.m (and through Oct. 19). Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. $15-$25. www.carolinatix.org.
Starving Artist Productions presents a Duke Ernsberger-Virginia Cate comedy about a New York writer whose adaptation of “Dracula” is finally getting a premiere – at wonky Valley Dale Playhouse.
Zac Brown Band
Fri 10.11 7 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $42-$83. www.livenation.com.
The Atlanta-based country-folk band (“Knee Deep,” “Chicken Fried”) closes out the 2014 outdoor concert season. With The Wood Brothers and Dugas.
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