Mad Monster Party
6-11 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday). Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive. $25 and up. www.themadmonsterparty.com.
The horror, sci-fi and fantasy-themed convention features vendors, merchandise, panel discussions and autograph sessions with genre celebrities like William Shatner, Hulk Hogan (right), Elvira, Henry Winkler and Jane Badler.
8 and 10:15 p.m. (also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $18-$22.50. 980-321-4702.
If you like Chelsea Handler, you’ll like Colonna, a roundtable regular on the E! late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately” and a producer and cast member of E!’s “After Lately.”
8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $18-$20. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Ahead of its new album, the progressive Canadian soul-folk/grass outfit returns with original vocalist Jessee Havey and fiddler Tania Elizabeth (last seen headlining New Year’s Eve here with the Avett Brothers).