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Horns & Hooves Pro Cowboy Tour

8 p.m. (also Saturday). 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. Want to enter to win tickets? Find out how on Page 2.


Southern Women's Show

10 a.m.-8 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday). Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. $9 (discounts for kids). www.southern womensshow.com.

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


The Amazing Maize Maze

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (open Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 2). Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $7-$10 (free for 4 and younger). 704-875-3113; www.ruralhill.net.

Test your mettle in this seven-acre, family-friendly maze of corn. Do the maze with a flashlight at 7 tonight; also, the Thistledown Tinkers will play live music from 7-9 p.m.


‘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 Martin McDonagh's bloody farce about Irish terrorism. In previews tonight and Saturday.


‘Timeless Ballets

by Balanchine'

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


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



8 p.m. St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, 5108 Kuykendall Road. Free. 704-708-4669; www.stnektarios.org.

The a cappella vocal quartet from Russia sings Russian Orthodox music and works from other traditions.