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‘Sesame Street Live: When Elmo Grows Up'

10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (also various times through Sunday). Cricket Arena, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $14-$30. 704-372-3600; www.ticketmaster.com.

Elmo and his friends sing and dance through a musical about hopes and dreams. The show marks the “live” debut of fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby.


7 p.m. Grace Covenant Church,

17301 Statesville Road, Cornelius. $20. 704-530-4087; www.itickets.com.

Five Christian musicians unite for a benefit for the International Justice Mission, which battles human trafficking. See story, Page 22.


Fall Ball

9:30 p.m. The Forum, 300 N. College St. $10. 704-375-8765; www.thecharlotteforum.com.

The inaugural soiree features DJs, a private cocktail reception, and a $1,000 prize for the reveler wearing the sexiest fall couture.


‘Titans of the Graphic Novel'

7 p.m. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. $15. 704-973-2828; www.plcmc.org/novello.

Spend an evening with Harvey Pekar (“American Splendor”) and Alison Bechdel as part of the 18th Novello Festival of Reading.


Abhinav Dance Company of India

8 p.m. Dana Auditorium at Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave. $10-$25. 704-337-2213;


The Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte presents exotic and colorful dances by acclaimed dancers from Bangalore, India.


‘Die Mommie Die!'

8 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 26). Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. $16-$24. 704-372-1000.

Hank West stars (in drag) as Angela Arden, a larger-than-life actress who murders her husband and triggers revenge by her children.