Noon and 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $12 for the matinee, or $29 in the evening. 704-372-1000.
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Charlotte Ballet team up in music of Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Debussy, Vivaldi and Mahler. Bring a brown-bag lunch to the matinee!
7:30 p.m. (also Saturday). McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $23-$29. www.carolinatix.org.
Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir pays tribute to songs played on TV’s “American Bandstand” from the 1950s through the 1980s; the performance also includes spotlight dancers and Andy Faulkenberry as the show’s “Dick Clark.”
WIN TICKETS: Enter a random drawing for a pair of tickets to Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. concert at www.charlotteobserver.com/contests. Deadline: 4 p.m. Friday.
8 and 10:15 p.m. (also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $17.50-$22.50. 980-321-4702.
The 2006 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” finds cerebral palsy funny – and he has it, so he should know. Many of his jokes center on living with the disability; he calls it “reverse teasing.”