Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Brad Paisley will perform at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
Brad Paisley will perform at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Friday night. Special to the Star


▪ The Belk College Kick-Off Game pits the West Virginia Mountaineers against Tennessee’s Volunteers at Bank of America Stadium Saturday, but the festivities begin Friday when West Virginia native Brad Paisley and Chattanooga-raised Kane Brown co-headline a country-music concert at Memorial Stadium. The Davisson Brothers and DJ Silver open. 6 p.m. $12-$199. (The fun continues Saturday morning with entertainment, food and drinks at the family-friendly Game-Day Hospitality Carolina College Football Kick-Off Pre-Game Party at BB&T Ballpark. 11 a.m. $44.95-$134.95.)

▪ Catch the best submissions from this year’s 48 Hour Film Project before these seven-minute movies move on to Cannes and the international Filmapalooza Festival. The 48 Hour Film Project pairs teams of creatives who are given a character, prop, genre and line of dialogue with just two days to incorporate it all into a finished short film. 6:45 p.m. McGlohon Theatre. $14.78.

▪ Sounds on the Square — Spirit Square’s free, weekly live music series — concludes its summer schedule with folk-rock/Americana singer-songwriter Aaron Burdett, who’ll perform outside on the steps facing the Levine Museum of the New South. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and kick off Labor Day weekend with a picnic in the parking lot.

▪ Veteran comic and polarizing figure Carlos Mencia, who has weathered his share of controversial criticism from other comics and in the press over the years, continues his four-night run at Comedy Zone with nightly sets. $25-$30/$50 VIP, which includes a meet and greet, photos and autograph, is $50. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Carlos Mencia will be at The Comedy Zone for multiple performances this weekend. Courtesy of Carlos Mencia


▪ The US National Whitewater Center’s annual Labor Day Celebration includes a triathlon or yoga in the morning and the Aqua Rock Deep Water Solo Climbing Competition in the afternoon; Sunday begins with a 5K trail race and ends with live music (at 6 p.m.) and a fireworks display (after dark). The concert and fireworks display are free, but activities come at various costs.


▪ The six-time Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” continues its three-week run with elaborate stage and set design, magnificent dance numbers, and colorfully bold characters based on the classic Disney animated film. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through Sept. 9. Belk Theater. $40-$195.


▪ During Marine Week Charlotte, the public can climb aboard state-of-the-art aircraft and ground equipment, work out with Marines, observe wreath-laying ceremonies honoring Gold Star families, enjoy the Silent Drill Platoon and Marine Corps Band, and more. Events will take place at venues across the area, and are free and open to the public. A full list is at www.usmarineweek.com.


▪ Before the latest “Predator” film hits theaters, check out an encore performance of A Beautiful Day in Hell Production’s “Predator: The Musical.” Enjoy the songs and dances about a former California governor facing a killer beast from outer space while feasting on a three-course vegan dinner theater. The show quickly sold out when it premiered in April. $35. 7 p.m. Petra’s.

▪ When a rising pop star decides to change career paths, her handlers and collaborators begin turning up dead in the groundbreaking “Perfect Blue,” a psychological anime thriller that’s considered one of the genre’s most important films. The screening marks its 20th anniversary. 7 p.m. (also Monday, Sept. 10). Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen 22 and AMC Concord Mills 24. $13.40.

▪ Charlotte Off-Broadway and 132 West’s co-production “Confidence (and the Speech)” is an all-too-timely play about a country in crisis, anchored by President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “Crisis of Confidence” speech. The show beings its run (through Sept. 15) with a 7:30 p.m. performance, and it’s pay-what-you-can night. Seats are regularly $25-$32. Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square.