Charlotte-area events for the week ahead.


Under the Streetlamp

Tue 9.23 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$49.50. www.carolinatix.org.

This close-harmony group does songs from the classic AM radio songbook, ranging from doo-wop to Motown to the British Invasion. With Gentleman’s Rule.


‘The Equalizer’

Wed 9.24 A man (Denzel Washington) believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.

WIN TICKETS: “The Equalizer” (rated R) opens Friday, Sept. 26, but an advance screening of the film is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in south Charlotte. To enter to win a pair of passes via random drawing, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “The Equalizer” in the subject line and your name, age and phone number in the body of the email. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.


‘End of the World Sampler Platter’

Wed 9.24 7:30 p.m. (also Sept. 26 and 28). UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St. $10. www.upstagenoda.com.

Citizens of the Universe presents a series of original one-act plays about the end of the world.


One Direction

Sat 9.27 7 p.m. (also Sept. 28). PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $46-$122.65. www.ticketmaster.com.

Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis return to Charlotte for back-to-back concerts that are sure to elicit eardrum-shattering screams from tweens, teens and young women. With 5 Seconds of Summer.


Ben Folds

Sat 9.27 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $35-$89. www.charlottesymphony.org.

Folds, who formed the Ben Folds Five in Chapel Hill, kicks off the Charlotte Symphony Pops season with a solo appearance, including his piano concerto.