Entertainment

the week ahead |

monday 10.27

Halloween

‘The Phantom of the Opera'

7 p.m. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. Free. 704-973-2780.

Charlotte organist Ethan Uslan tickles the keys through a full-length score for the 1925 silent film at this Halloween-inspired event.

Basketball

Charlotte Bobcats' Open Practice

11 a.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. Free.

The event includes a bag lunch and prize drawings; Coach Larry Brown also will address the crowd. Season opener is Oct. 30.

Concert

Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow

7 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. Sold out.

A rare opportunity. If you've got connections, now's the time to work 'em.

thursday 10.30

Music

New Kids on the Block

8 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $35-$75. www.ticketmaster.com.

The former boy band – now grown and sexy – trots out hits old and new. Details about our concert ticket giveaway are on Page 2.

Dance

N.C. Dance Theatre

7:30 p.m. (also various times through Nov. 8). Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$69. www.ncdance.org.

The annual “Innovative Works” features choreography by Mark Diamond, Mark Godden, Sasha Janes and Dwight Rhoden.

friday 10.31

Halloween

Rosedale Grounds Spirit Walk

7-8 p.m. Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St. $5. www.historicrosedale.org.

Listen to tales about Rosedale's supernatural past.

Halloween

First Baptist Church Fall Festival

6-8 p.m. First Ward Elementary School,

715 N. Caldwell St. 704-375-1446.

Festivities include children's games and prizes, as well as food for sale. Costumes are allowed – provided they're not too scary.

Halloween

Creepy, Crawly, Critter-Ween

5-9 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-598-8857.

Dress up as your favorite creepy-crawly critter and learn about animals.

Halloween

UNICEF Halloween Carnival

5-8 p.m. Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, 1600 Mallard Creek Church Road East. 704-547-0038.

The festivities include games, a toddler room, and costume and pumpkin-carving contests.

Halloween

Extreme Ice Center Halloween Fun

Noon-2 p.m. 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail. $4.50-$6.50 (skate rental, $3.50). 704-882-1830.

Win prizes for the best pumpkin (bring your own) and costume during the center's public skate.

Movies

Opening today

“Changeling,” with Angelina Jolie insisting the kidnapped baby returned to her is not her son.

“What Just Happened,” starring Robert De Niro.

saturday 11.1

Arts

American Craft Show

10 a.m.-6 p.m. (also Oct. 31 and Nov. 2). Charlotte Convention Center. $8. www.craftcouncil.org/charlotte.

More than 175 artists, including 44 from the Carolinas, sell their one-of-a-kind wares.

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