Jan. 8, 8:30 p.m.-midnight
LightTheKnight, gala grand opening of the Knight Theater to benefit N.C. Dance Theatre. Performance by NCDT, live auction, dessert, backstage tour and dancing on the stage to the music of Big Swing and The Ballroom Blasters. $150 per person; www.LightTheKnight .org ; 704.372.0101, ext. 228.
"The Aluminum Show." A combination of special effects, acrobatics, jazz, modern dance, puppetry, aluminum costumes and lighting. Tickets start at $29.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Popular troupe of 30 dancers returns to Charlotte for a six-day stay. Tickets start at $34.
The Browns. These five Mormon siblings from Utah are all talented pianists. Tickets start at $39.
Love Notes. Opera Carolina's annual Valentine's concert features international performing artists Ana Maria Martinez and Luis Ledesma performing a program of grand opera and Zarzuela (Spanish folk opera). Benefits Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Opera Carolina. Tickets start at $25.
The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. Performance by current jazz greats Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling and Russell Malone. Tickets start at $39.
"Cinderella." N.C. Dance Theatre brings the fairy tale to life in what's become one of their signature productions. Tickets start at $20.
African Children's Choir. The ages of the choir members range from 7 to 12, and they're all from African nations, including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. Tickets start at $24.
The Parsons Dance Company. Founded by choreographer David Parsons, its dancers perform to commissioned original scores by composers and musicians including Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento. Tickets start at $24.
Tao. Japan's most celebrated and elite company of martial art drummers. Tickets start at $23.
Director's Choice. N.C. Dance Theatre's president and artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux handpicked three ballets for this program: A premiere by Dwight Rhoden, George Balanchine's "Apollo" and Mark Godden's "Constructing Juliet." Tickets start at $20.