Tue 9.9 6:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $8-$10. carolinatix.org.
World premiere of a documentary about the Arts & Science Council’s Studio 345, in which creative students from a youth development program have their lives changed by art.
Thu 9.11 7:30 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $65.14. www.timewarnercablearena.com.
A folkie raised on hip-hop and Taylor Swift’s former opener/BFF graduates to arena headliner status following the June release of his sophomore album, “x,” on which the massively popular ginger worked with Rick Rubin and Pharrell.
Fri 9.12 4 p.m. (also 3 p.m. Saturday). Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds, 7100 Statesville Road. $65-$250 for one day, $100-$375 for both days. www.funkfestconcerts.com.
The all-star lineup of hip-hoppers and R&B artists includes Outkast, B.o.B and Fantasia on Friday, then LL Cool J, Ice Cube, The Roots and Salt-n-Pepa on Saturday.
Sip & Stroll
Fri 9.12 7-10 p.m. (also 2-8 p.m. Saturday). EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. $25 ($40 for two-day admission). www.sipandstrollcharlotte.com.
The weekend kicks off with a VIP party and reception featuring Simplified Duo; tickets include three 4-ounce wine samples and five food samples. On Saturday, enjoy art, wine and music; tickets include 10 1.5-ounce wine samples.
WIN TICKETS: Enter to win a pair of two-day passes at www.charlotteobserver.com/contests. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Art Poetry Music
Sat 9.13 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $40. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Opera Carolina and the Confucius Institute present their annual evening of opera arias, Asian and Russian songs, calligraphy and poetry.