January 30, 2009

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‘Over the Top'

10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (also various times through Sunday.) Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $15-$100. 704-522-6500; www.ringling.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey puts its high-flying daredevils, elephants and tigers into a brand-new show. One hour before the show starts, audience members can meet performers and learn a few circus skills.



8 p.m. (also various times through Sunday.) Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $25.50-$85. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthal center.org.

Jonathan Larson's updating of “La Boheme” moves the setting to New York in the era of rent control and performance art.


‘Solomon and Balkis'

8 p.m. (also Saturday). Robinson Hall, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. $6-$10. 704-687-1849;


UNCC Opera Workshop presents Randall Thompson's one-act look at King Solomon's home, which features his 999 wives.


‘Shakespeare in Hollywood'

8 p.m. (also various times through Feb. 8). Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $10-$21. 704-372-1000;


In this comedy, Shakespeare's famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, materialize on the 1934 Hollywood set of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”


Leon Russell

7 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $25-$40. 704-358-9298;


Few rock figures are as identifiable as the hirsute 67-year-old piano-playing songwriter, with his white beard and sunglasses.


Charlotte Spring Home Show

11 a.m.-10 p.m. (also various times through Sunday). Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. $9, free for 15 and younger. 888-433-3976; www.acshomeshow.com.

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