Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | July 20-26

Lauryn Hill is seen at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cleveland Public Auditorium Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)
Lauryn Hill is seen at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Cleveland Public Auditorium Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP) Michael Zorn/Invision/AP


▪ For the next week, area restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $30-$35 as part of Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. Participating eateries include mainstays like 300 East and Carpe Diem; hip high-end spots like Fahrenheit and 5Church; and even chains like Maggiano’s Little Italy and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Reservations are recommended.

▪ Step back in time to 1979 for Theatre Charlotte’s latest production, “Disaster!,” a jukebox musical that Sirius XM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky co-wrote as an ode to ’70s disaster movies; Eloise MacDonald Playhouse hosts. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $17 for adults, $10 for students.

▪ Ali Siddiq is more of a storyteller than your typical standup comedian. His stories — many of which stem from the six years he spent in prison — can educate and resonate as well as entertain, as he proved in his moving Comedy Central special “It’s Bigger Than These Bars.” Expect plenty of laughter, though, as he continues his run at The Comedy Zone. 7:30 and 9:45 Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $20.

▪ The Nouveau Sud Project presents “Septem,” a social circus play that holds a mirror up to present-day Charlotte through the story of seven friends who return to the changing city in hopes of finding a more inclusive, progressive environment. The show at Booth Playhouse incorporates acrobatic arts, live music and social commentary. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10.


▪ Following in the paw prints of Disney’s “The Lion King,” Matthews Playhouse’s production of “The Lion King Jr.” premieres at Matthews Community Center. You’ll find Simba, Rafiki and the gang as they journey to the jungle and back again in this coming-of-age tale. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. Tuesday, 1 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 Friday, through July 29. $13 for adults, $11 for children.

▪ The local grassroots music festival Barnstock celebrates its 10th anniversary with its biggest national headliner yet: Perpetual Groove. A mix of jam bands, electronic, roots, funk and jazz, the bill includes returning favorite Atlas Road Crew, the Broadcast, Brody & Coch, Lisa Denovo, Paper Crowns and others. It’s a dog-friendly (if your dog is friendly), BYOB outdoor event at 15305 Black Farms Road in Huntersville that supports local and national charities. 5 p.m. $20.

▪ Former elementary-school teacher-turned-standup comedian Eddie B. has mined years of inner dialogue as a fifth-grade science teacher into viral gold with his YouTube clips about what teachers really think. Now those humorous musings have expanded into his current Eddie B: Teachers Only Comedy Tour, which will be performed at Ovens Auditorium. 8 p.m. $45-$65.


▪ The Book is back, as one of the biggest Broadway musicals of the century returns to Belk Theater for a six-night, eight-show run. The uproarious winner of nine Tony awards and all-around crowd favorite, “Book of Mormon” remains a hot ticket, with most performances having nearly sold out. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $39.50-$150.


▪ Ms. Lauryn Hill marks the 20th anniversary of her smash solo debut “The Miseducation of…,” playing most of the tracks from the album and stacking the lineup for the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre show with openers Big Boi of OutKast, Ziggy Marley’s son Daniel Bambaata Marley and Atlanta indie hip-hop upstart Raury. 6:30 p.m. $41.50-$201.99.