Charlotte-area events for the week ahead


‘Spiral Bound’

Tue 9.9 6:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $8-$10. carolinatix.org.

World premiere of a documentary about the Arts & Science Council’s Studio 345, in which creative students from a youth development program have their lives changed by art.


Ed Sheeran

Thu 9.11 7:30 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $65.14. www.timewarnercablearena.com.

A folkie raised on hip-hop and Taylor Swift’s former opener/BFF graduates to arena headliner status following the June release of his sophomore album, “x,” on which the massively popular ginger worked with Rick Rubin and Pharrell.


Funk Fest

Fri 9.12 4 p.m. (also 3 p.m. Saturday). Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds, 7100 Statesville Road. $65-$250 for one day, $100-$375 for both days. www.funkfestconcerts.com.

The all-star lineup of hip-hoppers and R&B artists includes Outkast, B.o.B and Fantasia on Friday, then LL Cool J, Ice Cube, The Roots and Salt-n-Pepa on Saturday.


Sip & Stroll

Fri 9.12 7-10 p.m. (also 2-8 p.m. Saturday). EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. $25 ($40 for two-day admission). www.sipandstrollcharlotte.com.

The weekend kicks off with a VIP party and reception featuring Simplified Duo; tickets include three 4-ounce wine samples and five food samples. On Saturday, enjoy art, wine and music; tickets include 10 1.5-ounce wine samples.

WIN TICKETS: Enter to win a pair of two-day passes at www.charlotteobserver.com/contests. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.


Art Poetry Music

Sat 9.13 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $40. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Opera Carolina and the Confucius Institute present their annual evening of opera arias, Asian and Russian songs, calligraphy and poetry.