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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | July 27-Aug. 2

“I’m very respectful of their emotion, and their taste, and their desire to see something I’m doing,” William Shatner says of hardcore “Star Trek” fans. “I think I interact more and more deeply with them as time goes on.”
“I’m very respectful of their emotion, and their taste, and their desire to see something I’m doing,” William Shatner says of hardcore “Star Trek” fans. “I think I interact more and more deeply with them as time goes on.”

Friday

▪ The elementary school set will want to dance and sing along with Kidz Bop Live 2018, which features singing and dancing kids tackling Top-40 hits that your kid already knows the words to. You’ll hear playground staples by Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Portugal the Man, Flo Rida and Taylor Swift. 7 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. $25-$50.

▪ Acrobats, aerialists, belly dancers, burlesque and fire performers, contortionists and other fringe-fest-type artists gather for Bloom: The Festival of Awakening. Racier adults-only shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A family-friendly version is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Shed Amphitheatre at the Station House. $20 per show for adults, $10 per show for kids. $55 for all three.

Saturday

▪ Sample dozens of different tomatoes, buy locally grown ones, dine on tomato sandwiches, and help crown the best local grower at the Homegrown Tomato Festival. There’s also an interactive presentation from local historian Tom Hanchett, Dalton Espaillait of Sabor Latin Street Grill, and Dan “the Pig Man” Huntley. Radio personality Ray Terry hosts. 1-5 p.m. NoDa Brewing Co.

▪ Sip N.C. wine and craft beer, listen to live music and weigh your dining options at the Summer Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill in Huntersville. Among the participating trucks are Sugar Daddy’s Strudelteig, Anna’s Sweet Treats, Yummi Bahn Mi, Momo, Hiya, Ruthie’s, Beyond Decadence, Caribbean Buzz, Rocky Top BBQ and Ruthie’s. 4-8 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $5.

▪ Classically trained saxophonist Jeanette Harris, who played with Teena Marie during her final tour, wows smooth jazz fans with a mix of soulful romance, subtle R&B vocals and messages of positivity on her latest album, “Summer Rain.” Trumpeter Lin Rountree opens the show. 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater. $47.75-$72.75.

Sunday

▪ It’s tea time at Charlotte Museum of History as CPCC professor Hugh Dussek guides guests through “Great Expectations: Dickens’ England Tea,” during which he’ll discuss author Charles Dickens over traditional English tea, sandwiches and confections. It’s the July installment of the museum’s Teas of the British Isles Summer Series. 4 p.m. $40, or $36 for museum members.

▪ NBC is looking for laughs locally and you can get in on the fun during the StandUp NBC regional finals. Open auditions are Saturday, but the top performers will perform Sunday for a live audience. Charlotte is one of only four U.S. cities participating in the 15-year-old national talent search this year. Past finalists include Eric Andre and Hannibal Burress. 7 p.m. The Comedy Zone. $15.

▪ “KHAN!” It may be the most famous line William Shatner ever uttered, and he’ll revisit it following a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” The 1982 film remains a favorite among Trekkies and Shatner is as charming as ever was, sharing stories of friendships forged during the TV series and films and other behind-the-scenes tales. 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium. $41-$71.

Thursday

▪ Shakespeare Carolina presents “Topdog/Underdog,” a modern-day Cane and Abel with an urban twist. The dark comic fable shares the rivalry between brothers Lincoln and Booth, whose parents stuck them with the names that foretell their future. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Aug. 4. Duke Energy Theater. $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

▪ A rock opera built around axe-murderer Lizzie Borden? That’s what Actor’s Theatre has in store with “Lizzie,” which begins its 3 1/2-week run and is a feminist show ripe for the moment helmed by director Joanna Gerdy and featuring a female cast and band. 7:30 p.m. (shows through Aug. 18). Hadley Theater at Queens University. $17.50-$25, but opening night is pay-what-you-can.

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