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Stage Production

Tyler Perry's ‘The Marriage Counselor'

3 and 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Friday). Cricket Arena, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $42.50-$48.50. 704-372-3600; www.ticketmaster.com.

The show – written by the man behind “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” – examines the institution of marriage through stories that ask the question: Does love really conquer all?

Kid stuff

Billy Jonas

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (also 2 p.m. Sunday). ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. $12-$14. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org.

Children's Theatre of Charlotte sponsors its 10th appearance by the multi-instrumentalist who incorporates the audience into his act. For ages 5 and up.


Ryan Cabrera

7 p.m. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St. $17 in advance, $25 day-of ($3 charge for guests under 21). www.aliveinnoda.com.

The pop rocker behind hits like “I Will Remember You” and “On the Way Down” headlines a show as part of the NoDa club's grand opening. Details on how to win tickets are on Page 2.


Charlotte Bobcats

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

Our NBA team opens its 2008-09 season against Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.



2 p.m. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. $10. http://bandbeat.carolinacrown.org.

This competition determines the best

high school marching band in the Carolinas.


American Girl Fashion Show

10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Marriott Charlotte City Center, 100 W. Trade St. $55 for breakfast or lunch shows,

$75 for gala dinner show. 800-861-1547; www.project bloomgirls.org.

Bring your favorite doll to the show, which includes a meal, giveaways, and a look at how “clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls' individual styles.”