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Movie

‘Thor: The Dark World’

Tue 11.5 Faced with an enemy that even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

WIN TICKETS: “Thor: The Dark World” (rated PG-13) opens Nov. 8, but an advance screening of the film is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in south Charlotte. To enter to win a pair of passes via random drawing, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Thor” in the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body of the email. Act fast: Deadline is at noon Friday.

Sports

Charlotte Checkers

Thu 11.7 7 p.m. (also Nov. 9). Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $21.40-$114.90. www.gocheckers.com.

If you’re buying a ticket at the gate, show your Harris Teeter VIC card to get $5 off. Bud Light drafts are $1. Nov. 9 is Military Appreciation Night. Both games are against Chicago.

Music

Jones-Maruri Duo

Thursday 8 p.m. Abbey Basilica, Belmont Abbey, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont. Free (donations encouraged). www.bac.edu.

This pair, billed as the only cello-guitar duo in the world, will play music from the baroque to the contemporary era, including Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata.

Family

Piccadilly Circus

Fri 11.8 7:30 p.m. (also 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9). Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $13.60-$24.90. 800-745-3000.

Acrobats, motorcycle daredevils, clowns, Cossack riders are the stars of this show.

Family

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival

Sat 11.9 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Nov. 10). Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $10; $7 for kids 5-12. 704-875-3113.

Border collies will perform sheep herding skills while other pups will demonstrate agility, flyball and other skills. Visitors also can check out historic displays, navigate the farm’s huge corn maze and more. Leashed pets welcome.

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