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7 p.m.-midnight (also Saturday, and select nights through Oct. 31). Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $33.99-$59.99.


SCarowinds returns with eight haunted mazes and three “scare zones,” hundreds of monsters wandering the theme park, and rides that plunge thrill-seekers into total darkness.


Smothers Brothers

8 p.m. (also Saturday).

Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

Legendary comics Tom and Dick join the Charlotte Symphony for “timeless tunes and tomfoolery.” Albert-George Schram conducts.


Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience

5-10 p.m. (also Saturday). Johnson & Wales University, 801 W. Trade St. Free, but there are charges for food samples. www.charlotte shout.com.

Get a taste of the best entrees and desserts from more than a dozen upscale local restaurants. Also see cooking demos by celebrity chefs.


‘End of Summer Cool Down'

8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $42-$52. 704-372-3600; www.ticketmaster.com.

R&B acts Mint Condition and Jon B. join forces for an evening of smooth, sexy soul performances. Comedian Mike Brooks opens.


‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore'

8 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 11). The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. $29. 704-342-2251; www.actorstheatre charlotte.org.

Chip Decker directs Martin McDonagh's

bloody farce about Irish terrorism. Pay-what-you-can Night is Oct. 1 (no reservations).


‘Peter Pan'

7:30 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 26). ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828;

www.ct charlotte.org.

Children's Theatre soars into its 61st season with the musical version of James M. Barrie's play about the boy who wouldn't grow up.