Get to Know the Show: Wicked
Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
Tuesday, noon: Join a lunchtime presentation with professor Bruce Auerbach, an instructor of scenic and lighting design at UNC Charlotte, to learn how the musical Wicked received a nomination for Best Lighting Design and won Best Scenic Design in the 2004 Tony Awards. RSVP required at blumenthalarts.org.
The Tavern, 300 E. Morehead St.
Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.: Poetry open mic night hosted by JstJah_Sayword, with music provided by Power 98's DJ Daddy D. Free, 21 and older.
Comfort Foods Done Right
Atherton Market, 2104 South Blvd.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Chef Alyssa teaches how to cook polenta with braised beef ragu, butternut squash and brie mac and cheese, and warm chocolate pie with bourbon vanilla ice cream. Registration $60, ezregister.com/events/15275.
McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.: Warm up next to a roaring campfire while enjoying s’mores and conversation under the stars. Free.
Dillon Fence Reunion
Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave.
Friday, 8:30 p.m.: North Carolina’s own Dillon Fence returns to the Visulite with their classic lineup of drummer Scott Carle, bassist Chris Goode, guitarist Kent Alphin and guitarist/vocalist Greg Humphreys. Tickets $18/$20, www.visulite.com.