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tuesday 9.16


Puddle of Mudd

Doors open at 8 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $20-$26. 704-377-6874; www.amossouthend.com.

The band responsible for nu-metal rock hits like “Blurry” and “She Hates Me” pays a visit to the Southend club.

thursday 9.18


Festival in the Park

6-9 p.m. (also various hours through Sept. 21).

Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Free. 704-338-1060;


One of Charlotte's marquee festivals features work by more than 150 artists, plus kids' activities, food and live entertainment stages.


Southern Women's Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also various hours through Sept. 21). Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. $9 (discounts for kids). www.southernwomens show. com.

This annual event is packed with opportunities to shop, creative cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, fashion shows and celebrity guests.


‘Timeless Ballets by Balanchine'

8 p.m. (also Sept. 19-20). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$69. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalcenter.org.

N.C. Dance Theatre performs three works by famed choreographer George Balanchine, backed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

friday 9.19


Opening today

Ricky Gervais sees dead people in the comic “Ghost Town” – including one who wants him to stop his widow from remarrying. Also: Samuel L. Jackson in “Lakeview Terrace” and the animated “Igor.”


‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore'

8 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 11).

Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall St. $15. 704-342-2251.

Chip Decker directs this bloody farce, set on an Irish island and centered around a Liberation Army officer. In previews Sept. 19-20.


Horns & Hooves Pro Cowboy Tour

8 p.m. (also Sept. 20). Cricket Arena, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $10-$25. 704-522-6500.

Check out professional bull-riding, “freestyle” bull fighting, and more at this two-night event.

saturday 9.20


‘Peter & The Wolf' and

‘Carnival of the Animals'

2 p.m. (also Sept. 21). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$59. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Two ballets for the price of one, featuring adventurous tales and classical music for kids of all ages.


‘What Black Men Think'

8 p.m. Mint Museum of Art, 2700 Randolph Road.

$8 (cash only). 704-337-2000.

Reel Soul and the Mint sponsor a screening of the film, which examines myths, stereotypes and misrepresentations. Filmmaker Janks Morton will discuss the movie afterward.

sunday 9.21


‘The Dark Knight'

Various showtimes. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. $8-$11. 704-372-6261; www.discoveryplace.org.

Last weekend-day opportunity to see the summer's smash hit here – its IMAX run ends Sept. 25.