Thu 10.2 “Gone Girl” – directed by David Fincher and based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On his fifth anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies and strange behavior have everyone asking the same question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
WIN TICKETS: “Gone Girl” (rated R) opens Oct. 3, but an advance screening of the film is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in south Charlotte. The Observer has a VERY limited number of passes to give away. To enter to win a pair via random drawing, email CLT@charlotteobserver.com with “Gone Girl” in the subject line and your name, age and number in the body. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
‘An Evening with Bob Woodruff’
Thu 10.2 7 p.m. Dana Auditorium at Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave. $40. 704-688-2838.
The Emmy Award-winning journalist – seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006 – shares inspirational stories from his best-selling memoir, “In an Instant,” which he co-authored with his wife, Lee.
Thu 10.2 7:30 p.m. (and performances through Oct. 5). Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth St. $10-$20. tix.cpcc.edu.
CPCC Theatre does the Marvin Hamlisch-Carole Bayer Sager-Neil Simon musical based loosely on the Hamlisch-Sager relationship.
Jazz at the Bechtler
Fri 10.3 6 and 8:15 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. $8 members, $14 nonmembers. www.bechtler.org.
Ziad Jazz Quartet pays tribute to Wayne Shorter’s six-decade career, focusing on improvisational works.
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer
Sun 10.5 7 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $29.50-$49.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Mandolinist-composer Thile and bassist/composer Meyer play classical music, Americana and anything else that appeals to them.