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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.


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.



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.



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.


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.



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.