Hot ideas for cool after-hours fun


PUMPKIN'S ANNIVERSARY TOUR: 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $35-$45. www.livenation.com.

The Smashing Pumpkins stop in Charlotte on the band's 20th anniversary tour (we'll just try to ignore that little five-year breakup). The concert is part of a more intimate set of shows this month in smaller venues before the band shifts to larger arenas in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Expect to be full of '90s angst upon leaving the show.

DANCE PARTY: The Sol Kitchen hosts the second edition of Infusion. This month's theme: “I Luv the '90s.” DJ Spinna will be, er, spinning everything – from hip hop and R&B to house, new jack swing, pop and more. Last month's event reached capacity at 11:30, so get there early. 9 p.m. Loft 1523, 1523 Elizabeth Ave. $10 before 10 p.m. www.thesolkitchen.com.

BRING ON THE TWANG: After the NoDa gallery crawl, head over to the Extravaganza Depot for the first Countrypolitan Jamboree. Area bands South85, Bill Noonan Band, F-150 and Loose Lug Nuts will perform. 10 p.m. 1610 N. Tryon St. $10. www.extravaganzaevents.com.


PARTY IN PARADISE: The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity has been hosting its annual Alpha Luau since the 1980s. The goal? To offer the Charlotte community an opportunity to get away from it all. Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be offered. Wear your gaudiest Hawaiian shirt and dance the night away with DJ Flemingo. Coconut bra tops optional. 10 p.m. Sheraton Airport Hotel, 3315 Scott Futrell Drive. $30. www.betanulambda.org.


DERBY DAY: The Charlotte Roller Girls have two new teams and the wicked women on wheels are turning on themselves. The girls' first intra-league bout is this weekend as the Cockpit Candies and Block ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rollers battle it out for league bragging rights. Bring school supply donations to benefit Classroom Central and get $2 off at the door. 5 p.m. Cricket Arena, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $10 in advance, $12 day of bout. www.charlotterollergirls.com.

'IDOL' COMES TO TOWN: 7:30 p.m. 333 E. Trade St. $39.50-$68.50. www.timewarnercablearena.com.

The No. 1 show on television comes to Charlotte. The top ten finalists from last season's “American Idol” (yes, including the two Davids, right) will bring their family-friendly brand of pop to Time Warner Cable Arena. Great seats are still available.