Events for the week ahead in the Charlotte area


Charlotte Knights

Mon 5.5 Gates open at 5:30 p.m., game starts at 7:05. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. $8-$50. www.charlotteknights.com.

The team’s game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs features an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana (who’ll take photos with fans and sign autographs), a Cinco De Mayo celebration and $1 hot dogs.



Fri 5.9 Noon and 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $12 for the matinee, or $29 in the evening. 704-372-1000.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Charlotte Ballet team up in music of Saint-Saens, Prokofiev, Debussy, Vivaldi and Mahler. Bring a brown-bag lunch to the matinee!


‘Sesame Street Live’

Fri 5.9 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (also May 10-11). Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Ave. $18-$35. 800-745-3000.

When Elmo casts a spell with Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage.


‘Friday Live! At The Factory’

Fri 5.9 6-11 p.m. Fountain Stage Plaza at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $5. www.ncmusicfactory.com.

Cowboy Mouth and special guests Of Good Nature kick off the return of the outdoor summer concert series, which lasts eight Fridays.

WIN TICKETS: Email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Friday LIVE!” in the subject line to enter a random drawing for a four-pack of VIP tickets to the May 9 show; the prize includes complimentary beverages, access to the VIP area in front of the stage, plus admission to 10 different NC Music Factory venues ($160 value).


‘Bandstand Boogie’

Fri 5.9 7:30 p.m. (also Saturday, May 10). McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $23-$29. www.carolinatix.org.

Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir pays tribute to songs played on TV’s “American Bandstand” from the 1960s through the 1980s.