NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Gates open at 7:30 a.m. (also Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday). zMAX Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord. $20 and up ($40 and up Saturday and Sunday); three-day packages are $99 and up (free for kids 13 and younger). www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
The NHRA’s top categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – compete on the zMax’s four-lane concrete drag strip in a break from conventional two-wide racing. Every ticket is a pit pass, so fans can walk up to the cars and get autographs from any driver.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m. (also Saturday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $29-$94. www.charlottesymphony.org.
Christopher Warren-Green leads an all-American program: Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Violin Concerto (Calin Lupanu, soloist), Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Fanfare for the Common Man.
8 and 10:15 p.m. (also 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $20-$22.50. 980-321-4702.
He’s done TV (“Rescue Me,” “Nurse Jackie”) and movies (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Definitely Maybe”), but his steadiest job is stand-up comedy, and he’s in town to deliver his latest routine this weekend.