Charlotte-area events for the week ahead


‘Earth to Echo’

Tue 7.1 After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embarks on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

WIN TICKETS: “Earth to Echo” (rated PG) opens Wednesday, July 2, but an advance screening of the film is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in south Charlotte. To enter to win a pair of passes via random drawing, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Earth to Echo” in the subject line and your name, age and phone number in the body of the email. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.


Celebrate America!

Thu 7.3 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park, SouthPark. $15. www.charlottesymphony.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concludes its Summer Pops season with music from Woody Guthrie to Irving Berlin. Fireworks follow the show.


Maria Howell

Fri 7.4 6 p.m. (also Saturday, July 5). Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 St. Tryon St. $14 ($8 members). www.bechtler.org.

The versatile Gastonia native – who has acted in films from 1985’s “The Color Purple” to 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – will sing twice with the Ziad Jazz Quartet.


New Edition

Sat 7.5 8 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $37-$147.50. www.livenation.com.

The R&B/pop boy-band-turned-man-band (all members are now in their mid- to late 40s) returns with three decades’ worth of hits, including “Candy Girl,” “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Hit Me Off.”