‘The Second City: Deface the Nation'
7:30 p.m. (runs through Sunday). Booth Playhouse,
100 N. Tryon St. $29.50-$34.50. 704-372-1000.
The long-running theater's touring troupe lampoons politics during election season.
‘Death Note II: The Last Name'
7:30 p.m. (also Thursday). Regal Stonecrest or Concord Mills. $10. www.fathomevents.com.
A Japanese movie based on graphic novels about a serial killer. In addition, you'll see behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with the director.
A Novello Evening with Khaled Hosseini
7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $14-$34. www.ticketmaster.com.
The author of “The Kite Runner” is here for the Novello Festival of Reading. Bring your favorite book of his; he'll sign it afterward.
‘Sesame Street: When Elmo Grows Up'
10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (runs through Sunday). Cricket Arena, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $14-$30. 704-372-3600.
Elmo and his friends sing and dance through a musical about hopes and dreams.
Director Oliver Stone gives his rendering of our current president in “W.” Also: Mark Wahlberg in the adventure “Max Payne.”
‘Clue: The Musical'
8 p.m. (runs through Nov. 1). Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St., Matthews. $15-$17. 704-372-1000.
The musical based on the popular board game reportedly has 216 possible endings, and the finale will be different every performance.
Carolina Pro Musica
8 p.m. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. Seventh St. $15 general, $7.50 students and seniors. 704-334-3468.
The group spotlights Bach and other Baroque greats.
7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. Tickets: available soon at 704-522-6500 or www.ticket master.com.
The team takes on regional rival the Atlanta Hawks in one of the first NBA preseason games of the year.
8 p.m. (runs through Oct. 26). Belk Theater,
130 N. Tryon St. $20-$125. www.operacarolina.org.
Opera Carolina opens its season with Charles Gounod's tale of the man who sells his soul to be young again.
1 p.m. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St. $38-$415. 704-358-7800; www.ticketmaster.com.
The home team is 4-1 and sits atop the NFC South heading into this home game against division cellar dweller New Orleans (2-3).