Entertainment

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Festival

Blues, Brews & BBQ

11 a.m.-11 p.m. (also Saturday). Tryon Street from Sixth to 11th streets. Free. www.bluesbrewsandbbq.com.

Sample pork, chicken and beef brisket from licensed vendors, have a beer and enjoy live music as barbecue-cooking teams compete for a spot in the Memphis in May Championship.

Concert

Musiq Soulchild

8:30 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $30-$33. 704-377-6874; www.amossouthend.com.

The soul artist performs with a full band in his only N.C. appearance of the summer. His new album, “On My Radio,” drops Tuesday.

Concert

‘Mozart & Mahler'

8 p.m. (also Saturday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $15-$72. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Charlotte Symphony music director Christof Perick leads the orchestra's season opener, as coloratura soprano Heidi Meier sings arias.

Tour

‘Global Dish: New South BBQ Tour'

6 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. $30-$35. 704-333-1887, ext. 501; www.museumofthe newsouth.org.

Staff historian Tom Hanchett leads a tasting tour of ethnic areas that includes Korean, Vietnamese, Salvadoran and Mexican meats.

Performance

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam

8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $10. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalcenter .org.

The national champs of spoken-word poetry return with the current Slammaster, Bluz (the 13th-ranked individual poet in the world).

Theater

‘Sitcoms Live!'

8 p.m. (shows through Sept. 27). Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $15. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

Collaborative Arts kicks off its season with re-creations of “Three's Company,” “The Facts of Life” and “Married With Children.

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