A Conversation with Sir Salman Rushdie
Dana Auditorium, Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: One of the most celebrated authors of our time, most famously the author of “The Satanic Verses,” Rushdie is a provocateur, influential writer, and proponent for free speech. He received a Queen’s Knighthood for “services to literature.” Tickets $40, www.carolinatix.org.
Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)
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Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St.
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: The intelligent performers cover comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to “The Daily Show” and Anthony Weiner. Performances also Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets $20-$34.50, blumenthalarts.org.
Craft Beer Crawl
EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
Friday, 6 p.m.: Crawl through your favorite EpiCentre bars, including Rooftop 210, BlackFinn, Vida and more. General admission $20, VIP $30. www.EpiCraftBeerBarCrawl.EventBrite.com
Jazz at the Bechtler: The Best of Cannonball Adderley
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.
Friday, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.: The Ziad Jazz Quartet performs the music of Cannonball Adderley, including Mercy Mercy, Work Song, and Jive Samba. Admission $8 for museum members, $14 for non-members. bechtler.org
President Polk’s Birthday Celebration
President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Celebrate the birthday of our 11th president with a chance to chat with back-country residents, learn from blacksmiths, carpenters and musicians. Activities include a historic cooking demonstration, tatting and spinning demonstrations, children’s games and more. Free. www.nchistoricsites.org/polk