African Dancing and Drumming
Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Experience the dances of the African continent with Oneaka Dance Company, tribal-inspired face painting by artist Cathy Courtlandt McElvane, then view masks and artifacts from the Mint’s Arts of Africa collection. Free. www.mintmuseum.org
The Wilmington Ten Discussion
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Grimes Lounge at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: Dr. Kenneth Janke, professor at UNC Chapel Hill, will read from his new book, “The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s.” The Wilmington Ten is considered to be “one of the great conspiracies in the state’s legal history.” Information at www.cmstory.org or 704-416-0150.
Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave.
Thursday, 9 p.m.: The rock-fusion band from Oyster Bay, N.Y., merges gritty funk, fusion, hip-hop, progressive rock, classic rock and jazz. Tickets $10/$15, www.visulite.com.
Charlotte Symphony Open Rehearsal
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.
Friday, 10 a.m.: See the Charlotte Symphony in its final preparation for its weekend concerts featuring Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Rhapsody No. 2, and Copeland’s Our Town and Rodeo. Tickets $18.51, www.blumenthalarts.org.
The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: This event spotlights natural treasures from the earth -- fossils, rocks, and minerals – and the ancient stories that these items tell. Mine for gemstones, meet animated prehistoric characters, make a fossil fish print and search for tiny fossils from the Carolina Coast. Cost $3 with paid museum admission. www.schielemuseum.org