Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (also 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., $20 and up. www.ringling.com
High-wire acts, strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, contortionists, a human cannonball, bungee skydivers and more.
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Knight Sounds: Sinfonica
Noon ($12) and 7:30 p.m. ($29). Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. www.charlottesymphony.org.
Join music director Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony on a journey through the works of popular Latin American and Spanish composers. Ivan Toth Depena will create an on-stage, responsive, interactive light installation inspired by the music.
Charlotte Ballet’s Innovative Works
7:30 p.m., also Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $25-$65. www.charlotteballet.org. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St.
An intimate performance in the 200-seat theater with varied choreography showcasing new works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Mark Diamond, David Ingram, Sasha Janes and Dwight Rhoden. Coffee, dessert and conversation with dancers afterward.
Open Mic Night
7:30 p.m. Free. www.blumenthalarts.org. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St.
Open to spectators and performers ranging from instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others.