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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 15-21

The seven-city 24th Annual Hot Rod Power Tour concludes as thousands of tricked-out, souped-up, and turbo-boosted classic and modified rides parade into Concord for the week-long finale.
The seven-city 24th Annual Hot Rod Power Tour concludes as thousands of tricked-out, souped-up, and turbo-boosted classic and modified rides parade into Concord for the week-long finale. Motor Trend

Friday

▪ Charlotte goes crazy for comic books at HeroesCon, which features superhero cosplay, autograph signings, shopping, a charity art auction, independent comics and their creators, workshops for artists and writers, Q&A panels and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Single-day tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday and $20 Sunday; a three-day pass is $50; children 12 and younger are free.

▪ The seven-city 24th Annual Hot Rod Power Tour concludes as thousands of tricked-out, souped-up, and turbo-boosted classic and modified rides parade into zMAX Dragway in Concord for the week-long finale. Manufacturers and aftermarket specialists will showcase their latest innovations and technology; auto enthusiasts can admire a rainbow of muscle cars, classic coups and retro rigs; and yes, there’ll be drag-racing. Noon-8 p.m. Free to spectate.

▪ The 21st Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas continues in Plaza-Midwood (at the the intersection of Thomas and Commonwealth avenues) with a drum circle Friday, then weekend activities include a morning fitness extravaganza, health screenings, live jazz, R&B and African drumming, dancing, fashion, book signings, a Children’s Village and more. 6-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Free.

▪ After kicking off its “Back to Us Tour” last week in Georgia, platinum pop-country trio Rascal Flatts returns to PNC Music Pavilion for a 90-minute show of hits with up-and-coming duo Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce. 7:30 p.m. $33.75-$98.50.

▪ A serious CNN anchor and the guy who talks the Real Housewives down during those dishy season recap sit-downs aren’t the unlikeliest duo to take to the stage, but they share a unique rapport which is the draw for AC2: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. At Belk Theater, the duo will share stories from their careers in the media. 8 p.m. $69.50-$350.

Saturday

▪ There’s no time like the present to remind ourselves of sentiments like “All You Need Is Love,” as Tosco Music presents its Annual Beatles Tribute, a three-hour-plus variety show at Knight Theater featuring local and national musicians playing renditions of songs from the Fab Four’s catalog and leading the crowd in familiar sing-a-longs. 7:30 p.m. $18.50-$39.50.

▪ Comedian Nick Swardson has been a staple on Comedy Central for nearly a decade and a frequent Adam Sandler collaborator. He produced and/or starred alongside Sandler and friends in “Sandy Wexler,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “The Do-Over.” Now he brings his standup to Belk Theater with the curiously titled Nick Swardson: The Many Smells Tour. 8 p.m. $19.50-$39.50.

Sunday

▪ SHAE Movement African Arts — which combines cardio fitness and African dance with weekly classes and workshops in NoDa — presents its annual dance concert, Amour, L’umiere, et Honneur; Love, Light, and Honor at McGlohon Theater. It’s a showcase of African dance, music, fashion and culture. 5 p.m. $12.

Wednesday

▪ The first installment of Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival was cut short when Nelson fell ill. Now the country music legend returns to PNC Music Pavilion with a different lineup that includes hometown heroes the Avett Brothers, who haven’t played so close to home to their hometown of Concord in ages. Also on the bill: new-gen outlaw country artist Jamey Johnson and the Triangle’s Sarah Shook & the Disarmers. 6:30 p.m. $35-$199.50.

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Scott Avett, left, and Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers perform at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Franklin, Tenn. Amy Harris Invision/AP

▪ The Long Island medium brings her spiritual intuition and ability to commune with the dearly departed to Ovens Auditorium, where she’ll perform readings in Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience. Following the March release of her best-selling book — “Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again” — the reality-TV star and author will help audiences find solace in the wake of loss. 7:30 p.m. $41.75-$61.75.

Thursday

▪ After wrapping his first season on “Saturday Night Live,” where he impersonated everyone from Jordan Peele to Cory Booker, comedian Chris Redd begins a four-night stand at The Comedy Zone. The Chicago sketch comedy vet is also an actor, appearing alongside “SNL” alumni like Andy Samberg in 2016’s mockumentary “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.” 7 p.m., with five more shows through June 24.

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