the week ahead |

monday 9.29


Lucinda Williams

7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $24.50-$44.50. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

The Grammy-winner – dubbed by Time magazine in 2001 as “America's best songwriter” – brings her folk and blues music to town.


Leslie Jordan

8 p.m. (also Tuesday). Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $50. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

An autobiographical compilation of witticisms and wisdoms from the man best known as Karen Walker's nemesis on “Will & Grace.”

tuesday 9.30


‘Mother Load'

7 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 26). Stage Door Theater, North College Street at Fifth Street. $29.50-$34.50. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

This Off-Broadway hit – a mix of motherhood and comedy – is the opening production at the Blumenthal's new Stage Door Theater.

thursday 10.2


Euripides' ‘Bacchae'

7 p.m. Dana Auditorium, Queens College. $5-$10. 704-321-1711; www.socratesacademy.us.

One of the great Greek tragedies (about the destruction of Thebes) performed in Greek by Greeks (with English titles) on a U.S. tour.

friday 10.3


Martina McBride

7:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $29.50-$50.25. 704-549-5555.

The country singer-songwriter (“Anyway”) brings her “Waking Up Laughing” Tour to the outdoor venue. Jack Ingram is the opener.


Opening today

The western “Appaloosa,” with Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen bringing frontier criminal Jeremy Irons to justice, and the comedy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” with Drew Barrymore voicing the heroic dog of the title, lead a slate of at least 10 scheduled openings.

saturday 10.4


Carolina Renaissance Festival

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 16). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $17 (discounts for kids). 704-896-5544; www.royalfaires.com/carolina.

The 16-century European-style theme park is once again packed with cottages, castles, kitchens, pubs, art, rides and games of skill.


Phil Lesh/The Allman Brothers

6 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $22-$54. 704-549-5555.

A founding member of the Grateful Dead teams with the veteran Southern rock band for an evening of jam-band-style improvisation.


Comics & Toys MonsterCon

10 a.m.-6 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday). Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, N.C. 49 in Concord. $6-$8. www.comicmonstore.com/convention

This two-day event for fans of superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and anime includes discussion panels, vendors and celebrity guests.


Great Grapes Wine, Art & Food Festival

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Symphony Park in SouthPark. $10-$20. 800-830-3976; www.uncorkthefun.com.

Bring your friends, family and picnic blankets for a tasting where you can choose from hundreds of your favorite North Carolina wines.