David Payne Book Reading
Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road Shopping Center
Thursday, 7 p.m. In 2000, while moving from Vermont to North Carolina, author David Payne watched from his rearview mirror as his younger brother, George A., driving behind him in a convoy of rental trucks, lost control of his vehicle, fishtailed and flipped over in the road. “Barefoot to Avalon” is Payne’s account of his relationship with George A., and the brotherhood that connected them.
Triple C Beer Runners
Triple C Brewing Co., 2900 Griffith St.
Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Run 1- through 5 miles along the Charlotte Rail Trail, and sample from the brewery afterward.
Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius
Thursday, 8 p.m. (also Friday and Saturday) Each act of this production begins with an entrance onto a stage that the 60-year-old John Barrymore has rented to prepare for a comeback performance of Richard III. Barrymore jokes with the audience, spars with an offstage prompter, reminisces about better times and does imitations of siblings Lionel and Ethel. Tickets $20, $15 for students/seniors; includes complimentary beverage, www.warehousepac.com.
Countdown to Kindergarten
Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville
Friday, 5 - 8 p.m. Rising kindergartners and their families are invited to this free program which includes museum admission, and offers skill-building activities and information that children and parents will need to prepare for the first day of school. See huntersville.discoveryplacekids.org.
Uptown Ampitheatre, 820 Hamilton St.
Friday, 7:30 p.m. Garrison Keillor entertains from his “A Prairie Home Companion America the Beautiful Tour.” Tickets $36 - $115.44, www.livenation.com.