▪ The biggest crossover artist in classical music, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli is also arguably this week’s hottest ticket in town. Bocelli, who has performed with pop artists from Celine Dion to Ed Sheeran and for popes and queens, is accompanied by the Opera Carolina Orchestra and Chorus with conductor Eugene Kohn. Tickets begin at $146 through Ticketmaster’s verified resale program and go way up from there. 7 p.m. Spectrum Center.
▪ Caroline Calouche & Company’s latest production, “Rouge,” takes a seductive cabaret from the stage to the air and back again. CC&C combines gravity-defying aerial artistry with slightly more grounded ballet; the fluidity and grace of the dance with the awe-inspiring pageantry of cirque. The show is recommended for mature audiences. 9 p.m. Friday and 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Booth Playhouse. $20-$37.50.
▪ Comedian/reality-TV star Sommore joins radio and TV personality/actor Earthquake (“Everybody Hates Chris”), veteran standup comedian and actor George Wallace (“Batman Forever,” “Seinfeld”), and comedian Tony Rock (the youngster of the group at 43) for the Festival of Laughs. 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium. $54-$101.
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▪ NYC-based photographer and former Charlotte resident Catalina Kulczar-Marin has shot celebrity musicians David Byrne and St. Vincent, but for her exhibit “Let Love Reign” she focuses on portraits of gay and lesbian couples taken in Charlotte with the underlying theme of love and marriage equality. Currently on display at Levine Museum of the New South, the exhibit also features video interviews with the couples and more on the project’s history. Kulczar-Marin plans to release a book on the subject later this year. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for ages 6-18; 5 and younger get in free.
▪ At the Mint Museum Uptown’s Taste of the Mint event, culture seekers first will enjoy a guided tour of the Mint’s new exhibit, “Sing on the Canvas,” in the Romare Bearden Gallery with Dr. John Stuhlman, senior curator of American modern and contemporary art. Afterward, guests can sample the equally artistic small plates and wines at the Mint’s top-rated restaurant: Halcyon, Flavors From the Garden. 3:30-5:30 p.m. $45 (museum members receive 25 percent off).
▪ Family Day at the Bechtler allows kids to draw inspiration from Pablo Picasso or Alfred Manessier (whose work is currently on exhibit through July 8) in creating their own Valentine’s Day cards with a modern art spin. Other free activities include making cubist portraits and sugar skulls, or visiting exhibits featuring Manessier’s work or contemporary Mexican photography. Noon-5 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. $8 for adults; free for ages 17 and younger.
▪ Pentatonix, Ben Folds and “Pitch Perfect” have helped change the perception and raise popularity of a cappella, a form of singing once considered old-fashioned. Enter the University of North Carolina’s Clef Hangers are the oldest all-male vocal group in the Carolinas. But they’re not old-fashioned, so to speak – the 15-member group (founded in 1977) tackle classic pop tunes like Toto’s “Africa” and James Taylor’s “Carolina on My Mind,” while adding fresh mainstream hits to its set. 8 p.m. Knight Theater. $15.
▪ Big Mamma Dixie Crystal and her band of merry mischief makers celebrate the romantic and risqué with Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque 11th Annual Valentease Show. A forerunner in the striptease revival, which infuses comedy and music into a variety-style tease show, Big Mamma nurtures a body-positive, gender-bendy-friendly environment with both girl and “boylesque” that offers classic titillation with a naughty wink. 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre. $18-$20.
▪ After 20 years performing on uptown streets, in comedy clubs and at corporate events, Charlotte’s own comedic magician Christopher Hannibal presents a farewell performance of An Evening of Parlour Magic With Hannibal before he packs up and moves west to Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater. $25.
▪ Opera Carolina presents “Rigoletto,” Guiseppe Verdi’s tragic three-act opera. Based on a story written by Victor Hugo, the over 150-year-old piece – which is sung in Italian with projected English titles – tells the tale of a cursed court jester and the duke he serves. Both end up haunted by their pasts when the jester’s daughter falls under a spell and in love with the duke. It premieres at 2 p.m. with additional shows next Thursday, and Saturday, Feb. 17. Belk Theater. $21-$154.