Entertainment

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Concert

Wam Jam

5:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $35-$65. 704-522-6500;

www.wam inc.org.

Rick “Jessie's Girl” Springfield joins fellow '80s rockers Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and John Waite for a Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports benefit show.

Basketball

Charlotte Bobcats

7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $10-$300. 704-522-6500; www.ticketmaster .com.

The team warms up for 2008-09 by taking on regional rival the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA preseason game.

Opera

‘Faust'

8 p.m. (also various times through Oct. 26). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$125. www.opera carolina.org.

Opera Carolina opens its season with Charles Gounod's take on the German tale about the man who sells his soul to be young again.

Concert

Underoath

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $21-$27. 704-377-6874; www.amossouthend.com.

The Grammy-nominated post-hardcore band headlines an all-ages show that also features Saosin, The Devil Wears Prada, and P.O.S.

Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

10-5:30 p.m. (also Sunday and weekends through Nov. 16). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $18 (discounts for kids). 877-896-5544; www.renfestinfo .com.

Step into a storybook at this Renaissance-themed carnival. For a review of the fest, see Page 21. Ticket giveaway details are on Page 2.

Theater

‘Traces'

2 and 8 p.m. (also Friday and various times through Nov. 16). McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $29.50-$44.50. 704-372-1000.

This contemporary circus show blends acrobatics, dance and theatrical techniques to kick off Blumenthal's Broadway Lights season.

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