5:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $35-$65. 704-522-6500;
Rick “Jessie's Girl” Springfield joins fellow '80s rockers Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and John Waite for a Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports benefit show.
7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $10-$300. 704-522-6500; www.ticketmaster .com.
The team warms up for 2008-09 by taking on regional rival the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA preseason game.
8 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 26). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$125. www.opera carolina.org.
Opera Carolina opens its season with Charles Gounod's take on the German tale about the man who sells his soul to be young again.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $21-$27. 704-377-6874; www.amossouthend.com.
The Grammy-nominated post-hardcore band headlines an all-ages show that also features Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, and P.O.S.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
10-5:30 p.m. (also Sunday and weekends through Nov. 16). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $18 (discounts for kids). 877-896-5544; www.renfestinfo .com.
Step into a storybook at this Renaissance-themed carnival. For a review of the fest, see Page 21. Ticket giveaway details are on Page 2.
2 and 8 p.m. (also Friday and various times through Nov. 16). McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $29.50-$44.50. 704-372-1000.
This contemporary circus show blends acrobatics, dance and theatrical techniques to kick off Blumenthal's Broadway Lights season.